The dilemma U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III seems to be sweating over the most isn’t so much about who to put out in Friday morning’s opening session at Medinah Country Club.

It’s about who he’ll eventually ask to cool his heels.

“They’re all playing well,” Love said in his daily briefing with media. “Our assistants – every time we look at pairings, we go, ‘How do you sit somebody out? They are all playing great.”

Seven U.S. team members were in the top 10 at last week’s Tour Championship, including newly crowned FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker. Dustin Johnson had top-10 finishes in all four FedEx series events.

And they were two of Love's four wild-card picks.

With all 12 men having played the full FedEx Cup playoffs, Love asked each of them to honestly assess how many matches they can physically handle. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were no exceptions.

Love recalled how when he first started making Ryder Cup or Presidents cup teams, he was determined to play all five sessions. After his first few experiences, though, he began to see things differently.

“Then I go, ‘I’ve just got to play four – or maybe even three, please,’ ” the captain said.

“The ultimate goal is to win, not to play five and be 5-0. I said it to Brandt or one of the guys last night: If you’re 3-0, you’ve had a hell of a week. You don’t have to play four or five to have a great week.”

Jeff Shain covers golf for the Orlando Sentinel and Tribune Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffShain, or reach him via email at jshain@tribune.com.