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By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup


Tomorrow’s press conference will be of utmost importance for the players who failed to automatically qualify for Team USA. At 7pm ET, Captain Tom Watson will select the final three Americans, and his decision is easier than everyone thinks.

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Hunter Mahan has a lot to play for right now — he’s currently tied for the lead at The Barclays (with half the field still out on the course), the first of four legs of the FedExCup Playoffs, after firing a five-under 66 in the first round. Coming into the week, he’s ranked no. 62 in the points standings and he’s hoping to do some moving over the next three events and make the top 30 to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship.

Then, there’s the Ryder Cup — the top 9 automatic berths have already been set, but there’s still one way to make the team of 12. With U.S. Captain Tom Watson pondering his three captain’s picks, which will be announced September 2, Mahan is looking to impress him in the next two events.

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The 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup (Photo via LPGA's Twitter)

The 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup (Photo via LPGA’s Twitter)

Following Stacy Lewis’s victory at the Women’s British Open, the American and European Solheim Cup captains took to the stage and announced the teams, including their respective wildcard picks.

Morgan Pressel played her way onto the team with her T4 finish, bumping Jennifer Johnson from automatically qualifying for the final of the two spots on the team via world ranking. Johnson, who won the LPGA Mobile Bay Classic in May, was also passed over as one of Meg Mallon’s two captain’s picks.

Instead, Mallon went with Gerina Piller and Michelle Wie, who is 4-3-1 in two previous appearances. 

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By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

The Shot

Another reward Bill Haas may have won on Sunday: the 12th and final spot on the U.S. Presidents Cup team. Captain Fred Couples has probably made up his mind, but the formal announcement is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 at 5pm ET.

At the start of the week, it seemed like rookie Keegan Bradley, who has two wins, including a major, had the pick locked up — unless Bill Haas or Brandt Snedeker won the Tour Championship, of course.

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Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler. No surprises from Corey Pavin — surprise!

On Tuesday morning at the New York Stock Exchange, American Ryder Cup team captain Pavin and his assistant captains gathered to announce the four wildcard picks that will join the eight players already qualified, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Jeff Overton, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, and Dustin Johnson, in Wales next month.

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