U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker has booked Whistling Straits for a two-day practice session this coming Sunday and Monday, Sept. 12-13.
“There’s a bunch of guys who haven’t played the golf course,” said U.S. assistant captain Davis Love III.
“We might get everybody but at least as many as 10 guys will be up there to play a two-day practice round during this week off.”
Love said the purpose of the practice session is for U.S. players to gain comfort with the famous track.
“They had us over a barrel in Paris because we didn’t have enough practice rounds at (Le Golf National),” Love continued.
“The other team knew the golf course way better.”
Love added, “We’re going to focus on breaking down the course over the next couple of weeks until we get there.
“It’s important for us to gather local knowledge and pass it on to the guys that don’t have the intimate knowledge as guys like DJ [Dustin Johnson].”
The U.S. team currently consists of six qualifiers: Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau. Six more will be added tomorrow when Stricker makes his six at-large selections. Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau are considered locks to be three of the six while Patrick Reed, Harris English, Daniel Berger, Sam Burns, Kevin Kisner, Scottie Scheffler, Jason Kokrak, Billy Horschel, Webb Simpson, and Kevin Na are in the running for the final three spots.