Love raring to get started

  • Last Updated: September 4 2012, 18:28 BST

United States captain Davis Love III cannot wait for the action to start after completing his line-up for this month's Ryder Cup.

Brandt Snedeker: Named in Ryder Cup team

Love used his captain's picks to add veterans Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk and in-form pair Brandt Snedeker and Dustin Johnson to the eight automatically qualified to face Europe at Medinah, Chicago.

Love, a veteran of six Ryder Cups, had an enviable choice of players but finalised his decision overnight, leaving out the likes of Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Bo Van Pelt and Nick Watney.

The 48-year-old said: "I can't tell you how excited I am that these four guys are going to round out our Ryder Cup team.

"We are looking to match guys up, looking for pairings, looking to add some experience, fill some holes.

"These guys all fill those roles perfectly. I think we've got a great team.

"I think we are extremely deep this time, deeper than we have ever been.

"I can't tell you how excited for the next 22 days I am going to be to talk to these guys, work with these guys, make some pairings and get ready to play some golf."

Love found it difficult to disappoint the players not to have made the cut but felt there could be no argument over his choices.

Furyk, 42, has played in seven previous Ryder Cups and Stricker, 45, two. That experience is seen as invaluable for a team that now contains four rookies, and both are also seen as compatible with anyone in terms of pairings.

Snedeker, 31, and Johnson, 28, have been among the most consistent players on the PGA Tour this season after coming back from injuries.

Rookie Snedeker, who finished tied third at this year's Open, has proved himself an outstanding putter while long-hitting Johnson, who has three top-10 finishes in his last five starts, could have the ideal game for Medinah.

Love said: "There are four great players that we have picked that are all playing very well and bring a lot to the team, but it was definitely a tough call for me.

"I felt in the end we rounded out our 12 the best way we knew how.

"I need Jim Furyk, I need Steve Stricker. All the guys on the team will benefit from those guys being in the team room, the locker room.

"They compare with anybody and give the team a lot of confidence.

"Then you can't argue with the golf Brandt and Dustin have been playing.

"They really did lay it right out there for us. With the pressure on them, they have played very well."

The team's task for the event which starts in just over three weeks' time is to break the recent dominance of Europe, who have won four of the last five meetings.

Stricker said: "I'm looking forward to it, it's a great time and it's a tremendous lot of fun trying to get that one common goal and win that cup back.

"It's what we're all appearing for and I'm looking forward to it."

Snedeker was determined to repay the faith shown in him by Love.

He said: "It's going to be such great experience for me to be in my first Ryder Cup.

"I'm looking forward to getting to Medinah and trying to make Davis look like he's a genius and try to play as good as I possibly can."

The chosen four will join Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson in the team.

There are still two tournaments to come in the US prior to Ryder Cup but Love wants to make sure his players hit the ground running when they convene in Illinois.

He said: "We've been thinking about pairings, we based our picks on pairings.

"We want our guys to know, generally, who they might be playing with.

"They're getting ready to go and play two big weeks of golf.

"They're going to be playing together and hanging out together. We want them talking about it and starting to match up.

"It's tough in golf. It's not like USA basketball, who got to travel together and play games before the Olympics.

"We are going to show up Sunday night, Monday morning. I want them thinking about it going in."

All of the 24 players that will feature at Medinah are currently ranked inside the world's top 36. Ten of the Americans are in the top 20.

Love said: "The European team is obviously great, they are playing well.

"Like me, Jose Maria (Olazabal) had a tough choice and he did a great job.

"I know they are going to be tough, they are every year.

"But I love my team, I am excited about my team. I can't wait to see how it matches up."