Think about it, the WAGs have to pick out their evening dress(es), the clothing manufacturers might have to hire extra laborers to hem pants for three men, and the PGA of America's charter flight seating setup could not be made three weeks in advance! So in general, later Ryder Cup points cut-offs or captain's picks would be a nightmare on the swag front and that's reason enough apparently for Tom Watson to not support moving deadlines closer to the Ryder Cup.
Talking in a pre-Ryder Cup press conference conference call, Ryan Lavner reports on Watson's various thoughts including the pick timing.
“In ’93, I made my two captain’s picks the day after the PGA, six weeks before the Ryder Cup,” Watson said.
“Logistically, there are so many different things that go into it, just in getting the players over there and getting ready ... get their families involved, get their families and friends over there. It would be awfully tough to make the decision the week before the Ryder Cup.”
Essentially, competitiveness may not be as important as getting families and friends of the three picks overseas comfortably.
Captain, you have a week to strengthen your answer.