Baylor grad Harris English picked for Ryder Cup

AP photo by Brynn Anderson / Harris English watches his golf ball after hitting out of a sand trap on the second hole at East Lake Golf Club during the third round of the Tour Championship last Saturday in Atlanta.

The only experience that matters to Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker is how the youngest U.S. team in history prepares for Whistling Straits in a bid to win back that shiny gold chalice.

Equipped with the most captain's picks in Ryder Cup history, Stricker added four more rookies to his team Wednesday to join the six players who earned automatic spots for the Sept. 24-26 event on the bluffs of Lake Michigan near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. His six selections included obvious choices and, as always, a few that could have gone either way.

Among those left out was Patrick Reed.

Stricker chose the next four players in the Ryder Cup standings - Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth and Harris English - along with Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler. English, a 32-year-old former Baylor School and University of Georgia standout, won twice on the PGA Tour this year to help secure his first Ryder Cup trip.