Ryder Cup hopefuls looking to impress Love III before Tuesday picks
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Ryder Cup hopefuls looking to impress Love III before Tuesday picks

The good news for the eight players likely vying for a Tuesday Ryder Cup nod from captain Davis Love III is that there are four spots available on the dozen-man team.

The bad news is four of them will be disappointed.

Here's a look at how the eight contenders fared on Friday on Day 1 of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

  1. Dustin Johnson (-4, 67, T-10): If Johnson again wins a playoff event, he would be impossible to ignore. He seems to thrive this time of year.
  2. Hunter Mahan (-3, 68, T-17): Mahan probably needs a top 10, no worse than a top 15.
  3. Jim Furyk (-2, 69, T-27): Furyk has an excellent track record at TPC Boston. He has to live up to that reputation.
  4. Steve Stricker (-2, 69, T-27): Consider Stricker a lock.
  5. Bo Van Pelt (-2, 69, T-27): Bo Van Pelt has to win to have a chance.
  6. Brandt Snedeker (-2, 69, T-27): Snedeker has a whole lot of karma with Love - sponsor, geography, representation.
  7. Rickie Fowler (E, 71, T-56): Fowler has no top-10 finishes since May. Love, however, loves Fowler.
  8. Nick Watney (+1, 72, T-74): Watney won a week ago, but a missed cut the very next week would shatter his chances.



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