Davis isn't feeling the love over Ryder Cup picks

United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III announces his captain's picks for the US Ryder Cup...

United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III announces his captain's picks for the US Ryder Cup team during a news conference in New York, September 4, 2012. Love announced Cup veterans Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker, along with 2010 debutant Dustin Johnson and rookie Brandt Snedeker, as his four selections during a news conference at the NASDAQ headquarters in Times Square. (REUTERS)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:39 PM ET

Sure, Davis Love III was going with the hot hands in making his captain's picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team (or maybe he just didn't like those goofy straight-brimmed hats), but it had to sting for also-rans Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler.

Mahan and Fowler put on a brave face during a news conference at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Indianapolis, but it was clear they weren't happy that Love showed them no respect with his picks. Mahan, at ninth in FedEx Cup points, just one spot shy of an automatic berth, and Fowler, 12th, ranked ahead of picks Brandt Snedeker (13th) and Dustin Johnson (15th).

Can you blame them for being bummed?

Yes, Mahan looked like a weekender on that duffed chip against Graeme McDowell in 2010 in Wales and then cried about it, but he was a veteran of two Ryder Cups (with a record of 3-0-5) and three Presidents Cups (4-4-1). Fowler also was a part of the losing American side in 2010 -- earning a half-point for his squad as the first PGA Tour rookie to be picked to a Ryder Cup. Certainly both men had to think their experience could have been a factor.

Mahan won twice early in the season (the WGC Accenture Match Play in February and the Houston Open in April) but had struggled of late, without a top-10 finish since the AT&T National on July 1. Fowler won the Wells Fargo in May and hasn't had a top-10 since the end of that month.

But Love's picks beg this question: What is the point of points? And what is the point of no longer keeping track of points after the PGA Championship if captains are going to continue to plot player performance and choose the "hot hand."

European player Martin Kaymer -- who made the Ryder Cup squad despite struggling this season -- was surprised by the shunning of Mahan and Fowler.

"I expected Dustin and Stricker but also thought Rickie had a good chance because he made a really good impression in Wales two years ago," Kaymer said. "You could have put those three names (Snedeker, Mahan and Fowler) in a hat and pick any one of them. It's tough to say who deserved it more as Snedeker will be a rookie, but then Rickie and Hunter have the experience of having played in 2010."

Even Euro captain Jose Maria Olazabal was surprised by Love omitting Mahan.

"The only question mark as I see it was Snedeker picked ahead of Mahan, but then Davis has gone for (current) form," Olazabal said. "Snedeker has pretty much been playing well from the start of the summer and all the way to the FedEx Series. However, Mahan has not been playing all that well, so (Love) went for form and in that regard he has my respect."

Since captains' picks cause so much speculation and debate, both before and after they're made, wouldn't it be fun to keep track of the points but then let the captain pick his entire team just before the Tour Championship?

CANUCK GROUPING

They won't get nearly the amount of TV time as the Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy grouping, but Canadian golf fans will want to be keeping track of the 11:59 a.m. tee time off No. 10 Thursday at Crooked Stick.

David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., and Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., come into the BMW Championship ranked 58th and 60th, respectively, in FedEx Cup points and will play the first two rounds with No. 59, Troy Matteson.

DeLaet was excited about playing with his compatriot, taking to Twitter Tuesday: "Nice little Canadian pairing for the BMW Championship with @HearnDavid. #playoffbeards"

Hearn responded with one of the perks of making it into the final 70 in the playoffs: Later tee times.

"Even better ... we play late/late!" Hearn wrote.

As much as they are enjoying their playoff runs, both DeLaet and Hearn said the camaraderie they share has made it even more fun.

Hearn said that during his first year on tour, in 2005, he didn't have the same connection with fellow Canadian Mike Weir, who was nine years older and already enjoying plenty of success.

"My first year ... Weir was playing some of his best golf," Hearn, 33, said. "Graham and I are a little closer in age and spend a lot of time together, so it's just kind of fun to play off each other."

DeLaet, 30, echoed his comrade's sentiments.

"We're texting each other after rounds, saying 'Keep it going,' " DeLaet said. "Hopefully we can keep the beards going (to the Tour Championship)."

On the tee

PGA Tour

BMW Championship

Crooked Stick Golf Club (7,497 yards, par 72), Indianapolis

--World and FedEx Cup No. 1 Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods take centre stage again. Canadians David Hearn and Graham DeLaet need good weeks to move into the top 30 and advance to Tour Championship.

LPGA Tour

Kingsmill Championship

Kingsmill Resort River Course (6,315 yards, par 71), Williamsburg, Va.

--Only two women among the LPGA top-10 are competing as many are preparing for next week's Women's British Open at Hoylake. Canadians include Isabelle Beisiegel, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Alena Sharp, Samantha Richdale, Lorie Kane, Jessica Shepley and Kirby Dreher.

European Tour

KLM Open

Hilversumsche Golf Club (6,906 yards, par 70), Hilversum, Netherlands.

--European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal will play alongside team members Martin Kaymer and Nicolas Colsaerts.


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