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Steve Stricker Picks a Younger, Brawnier American Ryder Cup Team (www.si.com)

Like any Midwestern fella with a job to do, U.S. Ryder Cup skipper Steve Stricker announced his six at-large selections Wednesday morning with the urgency of a man wishing the matches were to begin that afternoon. After setting an unofficial record for the quickest opening remarks by a captain in the history of the series, Stricker revealed the picks in equally straightforward fashion, none of which even remotely resembled a curveball.

Four of the six — Daniel Berger, Harris English, Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele— will be making their Ryder Cup debuts. Tony Finau (2-1) and Jordan Spieth (7-5-2) were relatively easy choices because they’re among the few active Americans with a winning record vs. Europe, which makes Patrick Reed’s omission from the roster something of a notable absence.

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