Ryder Cup 2016: Rickie Fowler, JB Holmes & Matt Kuchar US wildcards

Fowler, Kuchar and Holmes
Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and JB Holmes have all competed in Ryder Cups before

United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has named Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and JB Holmes as three of four wildcard picks for this year's event.

"We are very confident in them and we are excited that we have our 11 players now and we can move on," said Love III.

"This was a tough decision and we have another tough decision in two weeks."

Love III, who skippered the US when they lost to Europe in 2012, names the final member of his 12-man team on 25 September.

This year's Ryder Cup will take place at Hazeltine National in Minnesota from 30 September to 2 October.

Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson had already qualified automatically for the US team, which has lost the last three contests.

Two-time Masters champion and world number seven Bubba Watson is among the players in contention for the final wildcard spot.

US wildcard picks:

  • World number nine Fowler, 27, has failed to win any of his eight matches over two Ryder Cups
  • Kuchar, 38, won bronze in the Rio Olympics and is competing in his fourth Ryder Cup.
  • Holmes, 34, has only played in one Ryder Cup previously, helping the US to victory in 2008.

European captain Darren Clarke has named Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and rookie Thomas Pieters as his three wildcards.

United States team

Rickie Fowler*27USATwo044
JB Holmes*34USAOne201
Dustin Johnson32USATwo430
Zach Johnson40USAFour662
Brooks Koepka26USADebut---
Matt Kuchar*38USAThree452
Phil Mickelson46USATen16197
Patrick Reed26USAOne310
Brandt Snedeker35USAOne120
Jordan Spieth23USAOne211
Jimmy Walker37USAOne113
Captain's final pick------

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