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The Good The Bad and The Ugly in Captain’s Picks!

The Good The Bad and The Ugly in Captain’s Picks!

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For a Team Captain, picking players who have not made the team on merit is a daunting task.  It’s one of those situations where if the pick plays well, you look like a genius, and if they don’t, you look like an idiot!  There have been some picks just like that throughout the years of team play.  People tend to frown on choices where the player is a good friend of the captain, but when Tom Watson picked friend Raymond Floyd, Ray played great and made Tom look good.  Poor Lanny Watkins got all sorts of criticism when Curtis Strange lost all his matches after Lanny picked his buddy in 1995!   Thanks to   of Golf Digest for putting this interesting list together.  We all love the Ryder, Presidents, and Solheim Cup matches, and some of these pictures brought back great memories, even in the years the USA lost!

The Good The Bad and The Ugly in Captain’s Picks!

Davis Love III’s selections (so far) have been pretty conventional, but that hasn’t always been the case with captain’s picks through the years.

Raymond Floyd (1993 Ryder Cup)

 

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Curtis Strange (1995 Ryder Cup)

 
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Paul Azinger (2000 Presidents Cup)

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Pictures: Golf Digest

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