Miller Disses Azinger's Pick of Holmes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE (AP) - Johnny Miller still thinks the U.S. will snap its losing streak to the Europeans, but the outspoken former PGA Tour star turned commentator isn't a fan of Paul Azinger's four captain's picks.

Miller called Azinger's selections of Holmes, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker and Chad Campbell "OK," but would have traded Holmes for a more veteran player like Scott Verplank.

"I certainly wouldn't have gone with J.B. Holmes, I tell you that," Miller said.

Miller said he would have chosen Verplank, Rocco Mediate, Brandt Snedeker and 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson over Holmes and Campbell, but allowed his views are like arguing over favorite ice cream flavors.

Besides, for all the risk involved with picking lightly experienced players, Miller said the U.S. team's problems over the last 13 years have started at the top with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

"The great play by (Jim) Furyk, Tiger and Phil has not been there," Miller said. "It's why the U.S. has done so poorly. Those three players have really played poorly in Ryder Cup play."

The trio has a combined record of 25-37-8, though Woods will be watching this year's Cup from home while he rehabs his surgically repaired left knee. That may be a good thing in Miller's eyes.

"Without Tiger there, it surely isn't going to be easy, but if you're a gambler or a statistician, you think, 'How can Europe keep making all these putts?"' Miller said. "It's time for the U.S. If you're a betting man odds are putting is going to flip flop in the U.S.'s direction."


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