Love to reveal wild-card picks

  • Last Updated: September 4 2012, 7:31 BST

With no more golf left to watch, United States captain Davis Love III is set to finalise the line-up of his Ryder Cup team.

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Love has four wild-card selections left to make for this month's match against Europe at Medinah, near Chicago, Illinois.

Given the options available, his deliberations in recent weeks will have been as taxing as any to face a US skipper in recent times.

The 48-year-old's shortlist may have featured as many as eight of the world's leading players, and the speculation over who might make the cut has been intense.

Love, a veteran of six Ryder Cups himself, will put an end to the conjecture when he names his picks at a press conference in New York this afternoon.

With three rookies among the eight automatic qualifiers, experienced pair Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker will have been uppermost in Love's thoughts.

The 42-year-old Furyk, who has played at seven Ryder Cups, and 45-year-old Stricker, a two-time attendee, could offer much to the likes of first-timers Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson.

Stricker and Furyk, who have both partnered Tiger Woods in the past, are seen as compatible with most players and went close to automatic qualification themselves, finishing 10th and 11th respectively on the list.

Finishing ninth was Hunter Mahan, but such was the tightness of the competition that Bo Van Pelt, who ended 14th, could have muscled his way in automatically but for a poor final round at last month's USPGA Championship.

Both will have been in consideration but so too will 23-year-old Rickie Fowler, a debutant at Celtic Manor in 2010, and 31-year-old Brandt Snedeker, who finished tied third at this year's Open.

In terms of form, Dustin Johnson and Nick Watney might have timed their runs perfectly.

Having recovered from a back injury earlier in the year, long-hitting Johnson has earned three top-10 finishes in his past five tournaments, including a tied fourth in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston on Monday night.

It is thought the Medinah course might also favour his game.

Watney finished 30th on the qualifying list but powered his way into contention by winning The Barclays at Bethpage Black, New York, last week.

The four chosen will join Woods, Bubba Watson, Dufner, Bradley, Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson at the event.

Europe's team was finalised last week with captain Jose Maria Olazabal naming Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts as his two wild cards.

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer qualified outright.

Europe have won four of the last five contests and six of the last eight.