Hunter Mahan's absence from the United States Ryder Cup team surprised European captain Jose Maria Olazabal.
Olazabal, in Hilversum getting ready for this week's Dutch Open, was sure Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk would receive wild cards. U.S. captain Davis Love III gave the other two to Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, passing over Mahan, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and part of the last five Ryder Cup teams.
''They are very solid picks,'' Olazabal said Wednesday. ''All the American players from nine to 14 on the list were all very solid and Davis could have picked any four.
''The only question mark as I see it was Snedeker picked ahead of Mahan, but then Davis has gone for form.
''Snedeker has pretty much been playing well from the start of the summer and all the way to the FedEx Series. However, Mahan has not been playing all that well, so (Love) went for form and in that regard he has my respect.''
The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at Medinah outside Chicago.