If you aren’t familiar with how the United States selects its Ryder Cup team, here’s how it works: 8 U.S. players automatically earn a spot on the team through a points system, and the captain gets to select four additional players of his own accord. Earlier today, Ryder Cup Team USA Captain Davis Love III announced his first three captain’s picks. Two of them aren’t being met with much contention — J.B. Holmes, who is ranked 21 in the world, and Matt Kuchar, who is ranked 17th in the world and won a bronze medal for the U.S. at the Rio Olympics. His third selection, however, is taking the media for a mustache ride — despite the fact that he’s the 9th ranked player in the world.
Rickie Fowler is an awesome dude and a great golfer — nobody denies that. He’s the ultimate locker room guy. Dude won the heart of everyone down in Rio and was some much needed positive PR for the United States at the Olympics ahead of Ryan Lochte wiping his ass with the American flag in a Brazilian gas station bathroom before destroying said bathroom with his motley crew of hairless morons. So why are people mad about Rickie being named to Team USA? For a pretty decent reason: since May, he has more missed cuts than top ten finishes, and his Ryder Cup record of 0-3-5 is bad. How bad?
“Biggest loser of all time” bad. I, however, am not going to jump on the anti-Rickie bandwagon. No, I’m going to agree with the above tweet’s final statement despite the fact that it was said 100% sarcastically — Rickie’s due. He’s got winner’s clothes. He’s got a winner’s ‘stache. All that’s left now is to be a winner, which is what historically follows those two things.
Speaking of history, nobody in history has ever had a worse Ryder Cup record than 0-3-5, so it’s mathematically impossible for Rickie to ever lose or draw any more matches; it’s wins all the way down from here on out.
(Don’t check that math).
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