Nice gesture I guess, but it doesn't really make any sense. If you really think players should get there on merit then why not do away with all captain's picks and simply take the top 12 players in the points standings? Or use your 4 captain's picks to pick the players that have finished the highest in the points standings. You'll get the exact same 12 players if my calculations are correct .
The point is, keep as much flexibility as possible in picking your team so that form, experience and any other intangibles can be taken into account. Why handicap yourself (no pun intended, chortle)?
Watson reduces US captain's picks