I'm clearly picking Speith if I could. However, I could see the argument that he played very poorly in the majors. I'm not sure how they will have Murfield set up, but if they are planning on making it tough he might still have a few flaws in his game that could be exploited. That said, the kid is a friggin gamer and 100% should be a lock regardless.
Here are the rankings. So Freddie needs to pick a guy that is 22 nd over some other big names. I hope he does but I doubt it. Kudo's to Stricker for playing his way in
11 9 Webb Simpson 9,173,832
12 12 Dustin Johnson 8,788,408
13 13 Jim Furyk 8,686,163
14 14 Bubba Watson 8,169,548
15 15 Billy Horschel 6,988,315
16 16 Kevin Streelman 6,894,297
17 17 Rickie Fowler 6,634,176
18 18 D.A. Points 6,557,015
19 19 Nick Watney 6,532,302
20 20 Scott Piercy 6,444,347
21 21 Boo Weekley 6,170,270
22 26 Jordan Spieth 6,079,639
He's 22nd in about half the starts though. I can't remember the specifics, but wasn't Fowler about the same when he was picked for the Ryder Cup? Jordan is 13th on teh PGA Tour money list this year and that's considering he obviously had no status starting the year. Tiger's start in 1996 is the only non-member season to even remotely rival what Jordan has done this year.
Isn't that the danger of picking Speith? He doesn't have a long enough track record to confirm this isn't just variance. Dunno. Just throwing that out there. I like the kid a lot.
Hard to win the US Junior twice, excel in a year of college golf, and then put up this kind of a year and not be a badass. Could it be a bunch of run good, sure. Is it likely, no. I am sure he is playing the best of his current ability right now, but that is exactly what you are looking for with a captain pick.