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Davis Love III rounds off Ryder assistant picks

Team USA's Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III completed his assistant picks with Scott Verplank and Jeff Sluman on Monday, but the real talking point will be in three weeks time when he makes his four captain's picks.

Love gave concrete indications of three of the four on his mind: Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk are all "high on the list."

"We have three weeks to watch them," Love said. "We have a chance to watch a guy get hot. How are these guys playing now that they can relax and don't have to try to make points.

Now they are shifting gears a little bit. And we want to see how they play. Obviously, we don't have to go tell them that they are under the gun. They know that there's three more tournaments."

Potential pairings are also a clue with Stricker definitely having the edge with his successful partnership with Tiger Woods. Rickie Fowler has also played well with close friend Bubba Watson.

"It's important to fit in as a team," Love said. "You certainly have to consider pairings when you pick a guy. You certainly don't want to pick a guy that you don't know who he's going to play with. You don't want to pick a guy that's not going to be comfortable and a team leader."

"I think it's going to end up coming down to just a gut decision of how guys played," Love said. We'll know how they are playing by their scores and by what they tell us."

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