Reed, Fowler in hunt at Barclays, target Ryder Cup

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Rickie Fowler said his back is against the wall. He added he’s put himself in a corner. If given a little more time, he probably would have declared he’s behind the 8-ball, too.

But that’s where he likes to be.

In front of him is a FedExCup to chase and a Ryder Cup to make. Thus, he is under a lot of stress these days. In addition to the strain of playing the FedExCup Playoffs on four top-flight golf courses with a pot of gold filled with $10 million awaiting at the end of the postseason rainbow, he’s desperately competing to get to don the red, white and blue in the biennial match play tussle with Europe.

“Yeah, I’m thinking about (the Ryder Cup),” Fowler said after Thursday’s opening-round, 4-under-par 67 at Bethpage Black in the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs. “The other guys are thinking about it. … I don’t mind it. I’ve always liked kind of being put up against the wall and having that on me.”

Right now it’s on a lot of guys. European captain Darren Clarke will finalize his team Aug. 30 with three captain’s picks. USA captain Davis Love III…

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