Ryder Cup 2016: Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes added to American team
CHASKA, MINNESOTA – United States Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III today announced that Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar have been added to the U.S. Team as Captain’s Selections for the 41st Ryder Cup, which will be contested Sept. 27-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
Eleven of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team’s 12 roster slots have now been accounted for. Love will disclose his fourth and final Captain’s Selection on Sunday, Sept. 25.
Fowler’s appearance at Hazeltine will be his third Ryder Cup, but his first on American soil. He previously played in 2014 at Gleneagles and 2010 at Celtic Manor.
The 27-year-old Fowler’s three career TOUR wins are highlighted by a Players Championship in 2015. A native of Murrieta, California, Fowler has represented America in the Presidents Cup (2015) and the Walker Cup (2007, ’09), and is currently ranked No. 9 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Holmes will be playing in his second Ryder Cup. As part of a winning U.S. effort in 2008 at Valhalla, Holmes went 2-0-1, including a 2&1 Sunday Singles victory over Denmark’s Soren Hansen. Holmes also represented the United States in the 2015 Presidents Cup and the 2005 Walker Cup, both of which resulted in American victories.
The 34-year-old Holmes has won four times on the PGA TOUR, with his most-recent victory coming at the 2015 Shell Houston Open. Holmes ranks second on TOUR, behind only Dustin Johnson, in driving distance with an average of 313.3 yards. He is currently ranked No. 21 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
This will be Kuchar’s fourth consecutive Ryder Cup, a string that is tied for second among Americans behind only Phil Mickelson (11 straight). A seven-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Kuchar’s ten top-10 finishes in 2016 are tied for third on TOUR.
Kuchar, 38, has also represented the United States in three Presidents Cups, a Walker Cup, and is just five weeks removed from posting a final-round 63 and capturing a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics. His current Official World Golf Ranking is No. 17.