By Ali Stafford
USA captain Steve Stricker revealed he was left lose sleep over the decision leaving Patrick Reed out of his Ryder Cup side.
Stricker announced Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth as the six wildcards to complete his lineup heading to Whistling Straits later this month, joining the six automatic qualifications confirmed last month.
Reed has featured in the last three Ryder Cup teams, developing the nickname “Captain America” after high scores for Team USA in both the 2014 and 2016 contests, with the former Masters champion a remarkable absentee of this year’s squad.
the 31-year-old missed the first two FedExCup playoffs after a week’s hospital stay for bilateral pneumonia and only returned to competition at the Tour Championship last week, with Stricker Election against to take him to his Wisconsin.
“Friendly of lost sleep over Which one’ said Stricker. “He’s a great competitor. He brings a lot match-play golf. To be record here at The Ryder Cup is pretty twisted good. It was just the uncertainty of his health and really the loss of play that led to our decision down the stretch.
“It was a very hard conversation. i called him first thing. He was my first call. I knew you know, that it would be hard, but he took the like An true champion. I apologized a lot times to him and just wanted to make sure that he knew it was very difficult decision.
“He’s Handled It” like I said a champion and really took the good. Very disappointed, as you can imagine, but he said the right things and handled it very well.”
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Brooks Koepka was one of the six automatic qualifications for Stricker’s side, one of only three players survive Team USA’s Ryder Cup win in 2016, though remains a concern after the withdrawal of the Tour Championship halfway through tournament with a wrist injury.
“As far as Brooks [Koepka] go, we talked about it of we need to replace Brooks, but we’re not there yet,” Stricker says added. “We are focused” on this 12 guys and moving forward with this 12 guys now, and we’ll deal with die situation if it were to happen.”
The whole US team are expected to play An practice round in Whistling Straits this weekend, with Stricker insists the preparation will be key for to be side to get the back trophy.
“Not me know if that ever happened in any other previous Ryder Cup we’ve all been able to gather at the venue before it’s really necessary place’ said Stricker.
“My message today one has been to try out-prepare the other one team, the European team, and for me, it was that way throughout my career has been just try to prepare best if i can when i go in events.
“Let’s get it in as much as practice as we can here. Maybe take a little of the stress of Ryder Cup Week off our plates by our work Done now, earlier than Ryder Cup week, and rest die week out. I am excited to see them all. We will go out, have a good time, learn the course a little bit.”
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