By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The final pieces of the Ryder Cup jigsaw were slotted into place on Tuesday as holders Europe, who will be hosts and heavy favorites later this month, and the United States rounded out their 12-man teams with three wildcard picks. European captain Paul McGinley, spoilt for choice, ultimately went for seasoned Cup veterans in Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood along with 39-year-old rookie Stephen Gallacher. Later in the day, McGinley's counterpart Tom Watson opted for a blend of experience and form by announcing Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his three picks. While both captains expressed delight and strong faith in their teams, the Americans will go into the Sept. 26-28 matches at Gleneagles in Scotland with a record of seven losses in the last nine editions.
American Mahan seeking Ryder Cup redemption for 2010 (Reuters) The three American Ryder Cup wildcard picks will all be seeking redemption when they travel to Scotland later this month, and none more so than Hunter Mahan. The 32-year-old lost the singles match to Graeme McDowell that clinched the Ryder Cup for Europe in Wales in 2010 - a loss made more painful because Mahan duffed a chip shot at the 17th hole that effectively sealed his fate. "I remember walking off that green and all the fans rushing on to Europe and Graeme and having a big party," Mahan said after being announced by captain Tom Watson as a wildcard selection on Tuesday. I want to get rid of that." Mahan has already been on a winning Ryder Cup team, in 2008, but remembers the 2010 experience more vividly.
He left out Chris Kirk, who finished higher in the final Ryder Cup standings than Simpson, and who won the Deutsche Bank Championship a day earlier by going head-to-head with Rory McIlroy the final 36 holes. "That was a snapshot," Watson said of his decision not to take Kirk.
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - United States captain Tom Watson, helped by a late "revelation", opted for experience and form in choosing Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against Europe. Watson announced Bradley, Mahan and Simpson, all of them former Ryder Cup players, as his three selections during a glitzy news conference at Studio 8H, the home of 'Saturday Night Live', at Rockefeller Plaza. The trio join automatic choices Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson on the 12-man American team.
He left out Chris Kirk, who finished higher in the final Ryder Cup standings than Simpson, and who won the Deutsche Bank Championship a day earlier by going head-to-head with Rory McIlroy the final 36 holes. ''That was a snapshot,'' Watson said of his decision not to take Kirk.
Graeme McDowell is basking in his latest title: Daddy. A father for all of eight days, McDowell returned to the golf course this week to refocus on his day job, which includes a shot at a $10 million grand prize.
Europe and U.S. teams for 2014 Ryder Cup (Reuters) (Reuters) - Teams for the Ryder Cup matches between holders Europe and the visiting United States at Gleneagles in Scotland from Sept. 26-28. Europe - Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), Henrik Stenson (Sweden), Justin Rose (England), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Martin Kaymer (Germany), Victor Dubuisson (France), Thomas Bjorn (Denmark), Jamie Donaldson (Wales), Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland), Ian Poulter (England), Lee Westwood (England) and Stephen Gallacher (Scotland) U.S. ...