It was the last chance to see the Ryder Cup teams play before the battle at Valhalla, and some positive came out of the BMW Championship, as our captain's picks look to be in top form.
Last week American captain Paul Azinger picked four golfers to join the American squad and three of the four had impressive weekends. J.B. Holmes might not have had his best ball-striking tournament, but putting has been the concern for the young Kentucky native and Holmes didn't have more than 29 putts all week, finishing t-33.
Stricker said he was way more comfortable after the weight of the Ryder Cup selection process had been lifted.
"I was gearing up all year for this," Stricker said. "It was the No. 1 goal for me to start the year, and I would imagine if I wouldn't have been picked it would have been a big disappointment. But I don't have to think that way."
The only cause for concern with the captain's picks come from Chad Campbell, who shot a first round 73 before leaving because his wife was shooting out their first child, Dax Phillips. I think we can all agree that the 73 isn't really an indication of anything other than the fact that Campbell's mind was in another place. I guess the hope now is Campbell can clear his mind of all the baby thoughts that run through his head and focus on golf for three days.Some of the other players on the U.S. team showed up in St. Louis, including Jim Furyk and Anthony Kim, who tied for third, Ben Curtis t-13 and Phil "Oh, There He Is" Mickelson, who finished t-17.
With no playoffs all week, this was the last tune-up and all things considered, might be the most positive information Azinger has had as captain. Well, that or the fact that someone thinks the Americans will win easily.