Presidents Cup captains invite controversy with picks

Jordan Spieth was a surprise Presidents Cup pick for the U.S. team. (Chris Keane/Reuters/Files)

Jordan Spieth was a surprise Presidents Cup pick for the U.S. team. (Chris Keane/Reuters/Files)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:26 PM ET

While not entirely unexpected or shocking, both Presidents Cup captains strayed from the standings Wednesday to make a pick perhaps steered more by popular sentiment.

Coming into the announcement, many had 20-year-old Jordan Spieth as a lock to be on the U.S. team, despite being ranked well outside the top-10 who gained automatic qualification.

Sure enough, American captain Fred Couples rewarded the young upstart from Texas with a spot on the team, despite his No. 22 spot in the qualification ranking.

No surprise, really, but try telling that to experienced veterans Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk and Bubba Watson, who ranked Nos. 12-14 respectively, right behind Webb Simpson, who was given the other captain's pick after being knocked out of the top-10 by a 25 foot putt by Zach Johnson on his final hole last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship.


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