Problems mounting for U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson

Tom Watson of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the...

Tom Watson of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:36 PM ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As if he doesn’t have enough problems already, it’s plausible that American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson could have another on his hands come Sunday evening.

A pair of likely squad members, Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner, pulled out of the PGA Championship with injuries, and a prospective captain’s pick, Tiger Woods, didn’t exactly make a case for himself this week at Valhalla

Now, there’s a threat that one of Watson’s American vice-captains won’t be available, either.

Steve Stricker, who was announced to Watson’s coaching squad on Tuesday, surged up the leaderboard, and if he isn’t careful, he could end up making the U.S. Ryder Cup team as a player.

Watson got a front-row seat Friday, playing with Stricker as he tore up the back nine with a 32, including four birdies and no bogeys. Stricker finished at three-under par yesterday and is five-under for the tournament, certainly right in the mix.


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