Love to follow Azinger’s lead with captain’s Cup picks (Reuters)

Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Davis Love III hits out of a bunker on the 2nd hole during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) – United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III says he will take a leaf out of 2008 skipper Paul Azinger’s book before he announces his four wildcard picks for this year’s competition against holders Europe. Azinger, the most recent U.S. captain to achieve success against Europe, wanted his players to have “a vested interest” in their team at Valhalla eight years ago and he relied on the input of the automatic qualifiers for his wildcard selections. Love, who will choose three of his captain’s picks after the BMW Championship on Sept. 11 and his final selection two weeks later after the Tour Championship, plans to follow suit for the three-day event at Hazeltine, Minnesota that starts on Sept. 30.

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Pieters eyes Ryder Cup place after win in Denmark (The Associated Press)

Thomas Pieters of Belgium, birdies on the 15th hole during the final round of the men's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Thomas Pieters improved his chances of earning a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup by winning the Made in Denmark tournament on Sunday to claim his third European title. The 24-year-old Belgian, who was fourth in the Olympics, finished with three birdies for a 6-under par 65 on the day and a 17-under total of 267 to beat Bradley Dredge by one stroke. Adrian Otaegui of Spain and David Lipsky of the United States were tied for third with 269, after a final round where rain and thundery conditons halted play for more than four hours.

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Battle on for last automatic spots on U.S. Ryder Cup team (Reuters)

(Reuters) – With the Ryder Cup just over a month away, the teams are shaping up, with this week’s Barclays tournament at Bethpage determining the last three automatic spots on a United States team desperate to end Europe’s recent domination. U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker and… Continue Reading

Aussie Luck wins U.S. Amateur Championship (Reuters)

(Reuters) – Curtis Luck says he will put his professional career on hold after becoming the third Australian to win the United States Amateur Championship. Luck beat American Brad Dalke 6&4 in the final in Michigan on Sunday. The 20-year-old from Perth follows in the footsteps of previous Australians to win the U.S. Amateur, Walter… Continue Reading

Michigan’s Nick Carlson reaches US Amateur quarterfinals (The Associated Press)

Michigan sophomore Nick Carlson won two matches on the 19th hole Thursday at Oakland Hills to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals. Carlson, from Hamilton, Michigan, beat British Amateur champion Scott Gregory of England in the morning round of 32, and topped Thailand’s KK Limbhasut in the afternoon round of 16. ”It was unreal,” Carlson… Continue Reading

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