English talked to Stricker before the Tour Championship.
“Go out and play golf, end of the year and no added pressure to make the Ryder Cup,” English said after this final round. “That’s kind of the gist I got from some of the vice captains and Stricker himself. I felt like this week I was trying to compete, going to try to win a FedEx Cup and Tour Championship, and didn’t do that but hopefully it’s good enough to get on the Ryder Cup team.”
Notably absent from the captain’s picks is Patrick Reed, who played at Georgia and Augusta State, with his impressive past record in team play, including a 7-3-2 record, and a perfect 3-0 in singles, in three Ryder Cup appearances. Reed returned from missing nearly a month due to a serious battle with bilateral pneumonia at the Tour Championship. He finished tied for 17th.
Reed was the first call of Stricker as he reached out to several who did not make the team.
“That was a very, very difficult call, kind of lost sleep over that one,” Stricker said. “… I think just the uncertainty of his health and really the lack of play that led to our decision down the stretch.
“I just knew that it was going to be hard, but he took like a true champion and I apologized many times to him. Just wanted to make sure he knew that it was a very difficult decision.”