Asked about the thought process that went into finalizing the U.S. Solheim Cup roster she will be taking to Ireland next month, Jones looked up from her lunch with a grin. "You mean my picks?" she said.
Well, yeah. Particularly the player with just seven
From the outset though, Jones has acknowledged the addition of Ryann O'Toole isn't exactly conventional thinking — "a very wild pick," she called it before making the announcement late Sunday.
In golf parlance, it's a risk/reward play. And as far as Jones is concerned, the 24-year-old rookie is worth the risk.
"She has game, and she has spunk," Jones said Wednesday. "Those are the two things I wanted out of her. And she's playing really well right now. If she wasn't doing all three of those things, I wouldn't be looking at her."
O'Toole placed ninth at the U.S. Women's Open, hovering near the lead for each of the first two rounds. She also tied for fifth at last week's
They are the only two top-10s of her career. Then again, that's more this year than any American who didn't make the Solheim roster — and even a couple who did.
"She accomplished a lot in those seven events," Jones said.
O'Toole isn't exactly the equivalent of grabbing the Nationwide Tour's top gun, but it's close. Then again, it's hard to find any sort of comparison.
This is like grabbing a player off a recent lineup from
Sharp-eyed viewers, though, could spot her quiet confidence. It came out again at the Women's Open, where she didn't even wait until play began to introduce herself to the top names.
Seeing an opening for someone to join
"They're turning around and looking at her and going, 'Who is that?'" Jones said. "Every single one of them has said to me she's got game."
A bold play for O'Toole that paid off. Jones bets it happens again in Ireland.