United States skipper Davis Love named his first three wildcards on Monday without the unpopular world No 7. He can whip up a crowd - often called the 13th man in Ryder Cup competition - and he's one of the most recognizable faces for golf's shrinking TV audience.
The fourth captain's pick is scheduled to be announced the night of September 25, after the Tour Championship. Zero. The most matches without a Ryder Cup point in history.
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Love meanwhile said he and his vice captains had agonised until late on Sunday before deciding on the three picks announced Monday. This was a tough decision. "But we are really excited about where we are today". Fowler was 11th and Kuchar 12th.
Watson has won two Masters titles but his tied eighth place at the Olympics is his only top ten finish since March.
Three picks have zero combined wins over the course of the 2016-17 season, pushing many in the golf world to question the picking of household names, rather than going for the rookie selections that could provide a future hope as is well-documented by stats.
Holmes, 34, known for his prodigious length off the tee, has made just one previous appearance for his country in the Ryder Cup, in 2008 when the USA last tasted victory over Europe.
Bubba silence: You have to be careful these days trying to parse the utterings of Love, who noted he spent time with famously lock-jawed New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. He's such a great teammate. "We're really confident in them".
In an effort to ensure a faster start at this event, Westwood played a couple of rounds at home in Edinburgh last week and also put in some hard practice. "It will be a completely different feeling, for sure".
Kuchar, who won a bronze medal at Rio, qualified 16th after tying for fourth at Crooked Stick. Holmes has played in one other Ryder Cup, and it was a resounding success.
"I'd say the players that are playing in the Tour Championship need to try to win the Tour Championship and not think about Ryder Cup points", Love said Monday. Holmes is now second on the PGA Tour in driving distance and is coming off of a top-four finish at the BMW Championship on Sunday. That tournament ultimately cost him his spot at East Lake, because had he finished one place higher, he would have easily advanced.
"It stinks to have to be picked", he said. "This is my first team I've required a pick and it's not a pleasant position to be in".
"I really am thrilled to be part of this".
"It's so much fun, and I'm definitely looking forward to this Ryder Cup".
Holmes has had a mixed bag in the big events.
As for Westwood, he is one of seven European team members rounding off their Ryder Cup tuning here at the Italian Open.