These three guys are who we really wanted - Love III
Davis Love III has expressed full confidence in his captain's picks for the United States' Ryder Cup team, despite acknowledging the difficulty he and his backroom team faced in selecting three additional players for the event.
At a news conference on Monday, US skipper Love swelled his team to 11 by confirming the selections of Rickie Fowler, JB Holmes and Matt Kuchar - with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson the most notable player to have been overlooked.
Watson could yet feature at Hazeltine, with the 12th and final member of the American line-up to be confirmed after next week's Tour Championship - just a handful of days before the Ryder Cup gets under way.
Yet, for the time being, Love is content with the players at his disposal.
"These three guys are who we really all wanted," said Love - the captain for the last Ryder Cup on US soil at Medinah in 2012, when Europe pulled off a remarkable fightback to claim victory.
"We're very confident in them and we're excited that we have our 11 players now and we can move on. I know this is the 11 we want today and we have another tough decision coming up in two weeks, but we're really excited about where we are today.
"We went through a lot of scenarios, we talked about a lot of great players. It was a very, very tough decision, but we kept coming back to these three, for now."
Fowler, who had been considered a near-certainty to earn a pick after missing out on automatic selection, has played in two previous Ryder Cups on European turf but will now make his home debut in the event.
"I got to play in the Walker Cup twice, once overseas and once in the US and it's really cool getting to play on home soil," said the 27-year-old.
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"The Ryder Cup's a whole different animal and I'm looking forward to that opportunity. Having had the two overseas, it's going to be pretty amazing getting to play in front of a home crowd. It'll be a completely different feeling, for sure."
Holmes, whose solitary Ryder Cup appearance before now came in 2008 as part of the last US team to triumph, added: "It's been one of my main goals all year to get on this team and to get that call from Davis was just a very exciting moment. Some of my greatest memories in golf are from the Ryder Cup at Valhalla."
Kuchar has played in the last three Ryder Cups and is eager to erase memories of Europe's stunning triumph at Medinah.
He said: "It was a hard pill to swallow but I think those are things you grow from, those are things that make you tougher, better. From those things, I hope that great things come and I hope this is the year we can experience triumph."