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A panel of SI golf experts—senior writers Michael Bamberger, Damon Hack, Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle, and special contributor John Garrity—along with a PGA Tour pro (who participated on the condition of anonymity) answer these and other questions
The Wild Ones
Van Sickle: The captains have made their picks. What's your verdict?
Bamberger: Corey Pavin is clearly going at this in a different way than Paul Azinger, who wanted hot players. Corey had no hot players—well, no one hotter than Charley Hoffman, and he didn't take Hoffman. He went all the way down to Rickie Fowler, who maybe isn't cold but certainly isn't hot.
Hack: I see how you could say Fowler was a bit of a reach, but he has a relationship with Pavin. They're kind of close; they're both from Southern California.
Van Sickle: And that's how you pick guys for the Ryder Cup?
Hack: Maybe. Maybe it speaks to the lack of U.S. depth. Hey, there were no slam dunks out there. You could question the picks, but I'm not going to bang my fists on a table and say it should've been Sean O'Hair or J.B. Holmes.
Garrity: One thing in favor of Rickie is that he likes attention. He dresses to get attention, he likes being the focus inside the ropes. That's a great quality for a young guy in a Ryder Cup. The guys who don't like attention tend to tighten up.
Anonymous Pro: Picking Rickie, I kind of get that. They must've picked him because they have someone in mind to pair him with. Unless you're an idiot, you make your picks in relation to who's going to be his partner.
Van Sickle: It won't surprise me if Fowler turns into a legit star in Wales, but he hasn't had a top 30 finish in his last five starts.