Everyone single person I spoke to today said the same thing: Tom Watson should have chosen Chris Kirk and Billy Horschel.
Kirk and Horschel both hail from SEC colleges, whereas Tom Watson is from Kansas, a Big Twelve school. Therein may lie the reason: Conference envy. Watson chose Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, Big Twelve), Webb Simpson (Wake Forest, ACC), and Keegan Bradley (St. John’s, Big East).
About half the people I talked to today, after expressing their displeasure with Tom Watson, asked if it would be possible to deport or exile him should the American team lose the Ryder Cup. I scoffed at this, but later I did some research, and there is a precedent for this.
In 1815, France — another nation participating in the Ryder Cup — exiled one of their renowned citizens, Napoleon Bonaparte, a man at the time as visible as Watson is now. So exiling Tom Watson is not as far-fetched as it might seem at first glance.