I think it may be a good thing, for years we were like "we have a better team because we have Phil and Tiger " but they both have very mediocre Ryder cup records so it may be a good thing to be without one or both. Phil will be picked if he does not auto qualify.
Kuch and Duff both have 5 weeks to heal so at least one should be good to go , maybe assistant capt Stricker will be a playing captain.
I would rather see younger guys who have been playing well like Todd get a chance. Reed was very successful in his college days in match play, I think Keegan may get another shot as he played very well two years ago.
Being an under dog may be a good thing for us , seemed to work for the Euros when they were heavy underdogs.