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Paul Azinger names his four Ryder Cup Captain’s selections

Three of whom have never played in the matches before. From AP-

The U.S. Ryder Cup team was completed Monday morning when captain Paul Azinger named Chad Campbell, Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan and J.B. Holmes as his four at-large selections.

They join Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Kenny Perry, Anthony Kim, Justin Leonard, Boo Weekley and Ben Curtis, who qualified for the team based on a points system that ended at the PGA Championship.

Before taking the job, Azinger lobbied for and received changes to the system, which included an overhaul of how points were earned — based on winnings instead of top-10 finishes — and more time to make his picks. He also got an increase from two to four choices.

On Sunday, European captain Nick Faldo added Ian Poulter and Paul Casey to his team of Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Soren Hansen and Oliver Wilson.

The Europeans have won three straight Ryder Cups and five of the last six. The Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 19-21 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

Chad Campbell was the only pick by Azinger who has played on a previous Ryder Cup team. Overall I find Paul Azinger’s picks reasonable, but ultimately futile. I strongly believe the US is in for another trouncing later this month.

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