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