Snedeker was runner-up at Bethpage Black _ a big golf course _ in The Barclays, and despite a slow start in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, he had a 65-67 weekend to finish sixth. He missed five tournaments this year, including the U.S. Open with a rib injury.
Johnson missed nearly three months with a back injury, including the Masters, yet won the St. Jude Classic in his second tournament back. He is regarded as the most talented young American, having won every year since going from college to the PGA Tour in 2008.
But his record in team competition has been spotty. In his Ryder Cup debut at Celtic Manor in 2010, he lost all three team matches _ none even reached the 18th _ playing with Mickelson and Furyk, before beating Martin Kaymer in singles. He was Woods‘ partner for three matches in the Presidents Cup and they won only one of them, mostly because of how Woods played.
But he showed himself the last two weeks by getting into weekend contention. Johnson tied for third at The Barclays, and he was in the next to last group with Woods at the TPC Boston. Johnson tied for fourth.
Europe completed its team last week _ McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Peter Hanson, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer. Jose Maria Olazabal used his two captain’s picks on Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts.
Europe will have only one rookie _ Colsaerts, one of the game’s longest hitters.