Here’s one man’s quick reaction to the qualifiers for the United States Ryder Cup team.
Already clinched a spot in the locker room:
9. Zach Johnson – A lot of USA fans are quietly heaving a sigh of relief that Johnson qualified on points. He’s a great battler, a grinder who can beat an adversary in match play even when he isn’t playing his best. As Tiger Woods learned at Thousand Oaks in December, Johnson has a wonderful wedge game. If he hadn’t made it on points, he would have been well worth a captain’s pick, based on experience and guts.
8. Patrick Reed – He staked a claim to a position on the team with two early-2014 wins, and then limped along in the points standings to hang on to a top-nine position. Those wins seem like a long time ago now; a T4 at the WGC Bridgestone is the only thing separating him from a thoroughly pedestrian spring and summer. But more fundamentally, who will agree to play with him in foursomes and four-balls? After his brash comments in the winter series, he isn’t likely to make the Tour’s Top Five in peer popularity.