By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Ryder Cup captains Davis Love III and Darren Clarke are both looking for balance on their respective teams as they move closer to assembling their squads for the matches at Hazeltine. The Ryder Cup match play competition will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Minnesota, with Europe dominating of late with eight wins from the last 10 biennial matches. "In our automatic qualifying positions right now we have five rookies in there, with one of them being the Masters champion," Northern Irishman Clarke told reporters at Baltusrol on the eve of Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship.
World number one Jason Day and US Open champion Dustin Johnson top a host of on-form players in golf's strongest field since 1986 when the 98th PGA Championship starts Thursday. The showdown at Baltusrol has the toughest lineup based upon the world golf rankings since they began 30 years ago, with Day defending his first major victory from last year at Whistling Straits, where he set a 72-hole major low score matched by Sweden's Henrik Stenson to win the British Open two weeks ago, both going lower than Tiger Woods ever did. "Any number of guys can turn up on a major championship week and win," world number four Rory McIlroy said.