Jose Maria Olazabal, who will captain the European team in the Ryder Cup later this month, said he was surprised not to see Hunter Mahan on the U.S. team. U.S. captain Davis Love III bypassed Mahan when announcing his picks on Tuesday, choosing Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.
Mahan has won two tournaments this year and has been on the Ryder Cup team five times.
"They are very solid picks," Olazabal told the Associated Press on Wednesday. "All the American players from nine to 14 on the list were all very solid and Davis could have picked any four.
"The only question mark as I see it was Snedeker picked ahead of Mahan, but then Davis has gone for form.
“Snedeker has pretty much been playing well from the start of the summer and all the way to the FedEx Series. However, Mahan has not been playing all that well, so [Love] went for form and in that regard he has my respect."