You have to know scoring conditions are good when your threesome group shoots a combined -23. Think about that for a second… -23 from 3 players! The players that made up that ridiculous score were Jason Day (63), Zach Johnson (63), and Ryan Palmer (64). 

Johnson drained putts from all over the place to make a very strong statement to Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin, who I’m sure has been watching the action closely. He will make his four captain selections on September 7th. Johnson finished ranked 11th in Ryder Cup points, with only the top 8 receiving automatic selections. His game has started to show signs of life over the past few weeks, with a T21 last week at the Barclays and a T3 at the PGA Championship. The finish at the PGA, this scorching opening round, along with his experience in both the President’s Cup and Ryder Cup “should” make him an easy selection for Corey Pavin. But Captains have made crazier moves in the past, so we’ll see.

Who do I think the 4 picks should be?

I’ve been thinking about who I think Pavin should select for a while, and it’s fluctuated week to week. Which I guess is a  good reason why they wait until the deadline (hello Monty??). In any event my picks would be:

  • Zach Johnson – For the exact reasons I stated above
  • Rickie Fowler – He hasn’t been as hot as he was earlier in the season, but he’s still having an incredible rookie season, and I think his youth and exuberance will be a welcome trait to the team.
  • Stewart Cink – His game has been coming around and he has the Ryder Cup experience and can handle the pressure
  • Sean O’Hair – O’Hair had a great showing in his first President’s Cup and despite a couple MC’s in the past few weeks, I think his game is there. Also despite his opening round of 74 earlier today…

Who I THINK Pavin will ACTUALLY select:

  • Zach Johnson
  • Tiger Woods
  • Stewart Cink
  • Sean O’Hair

I just don’t see Pavin NOT picking Tiger Woods, due to pressure from many different angles.

Jeff Palopoli is a frequent contributor to MyNEGM.com and writes daily on his blog at: www.goodwalkgolf.com