NORTON, Mass. (AP) Scott Verplank was a footnote in 2002 when he became the first American to be a captain's pick without any previous experience in the Ryder Cup.
There might be four Ryder Cup rookies who get picked this year.
U.S. captain Paul Azinger announces his four wild-card selections this morning in New York, having asked for an additional three weeks to find the hottest players but getting a tepid response from his candidates.
All indications were that Steve Stricker would be one of the picks. Stricker, No. 10 in the world ranking, was bumped out of making the team on his own when Ben Curtis tied for second at the PGA Championship and finished among the top eight qualifiers.
"I'm glad the playing part is over," said Stricker, 41, who has never played in a Ryder Cup. "I haven't been able to enjoy these playoffs. Hopefully, I get that call. I feel like I've played well enough."
Another pick likely will go to J.B. Holmes, who grew up in Kentucky, has played Valhalla more than any other player and has enormous power off the tee. Holmes was the 54-hole leader at the PGA Championship until a wretched start sent him to an 81. He missed the cut at the Deutsche Bank.
Of the top eight, only Jim Furyk and Curtis are without a victory this year. The other qualifiers were Perry, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Anthony Kim, Justin Leonard and Boo Weekley.