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A look at who qualified for the 2011 Presidents Cup

Shane Bacon
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The Presidents Cup isn't until November, but the last shot to qualify was Sunday at the BMW Championship. Yes, there are still two captain's picks to be announced next week (and Fred Couples has already said Tiger Woods would be one of them), but the 10 guys for each team that qualified are set, and here is a list of those men, and how they played this season.

United States Team

1.) Matt Kuchar -- The top point getter for the U.S. team has been Mr. Consistent this season, finishing in the top-10 nine times and carding 17 top-25 finishes. Kuchar is still searching for that first win of '11.

2.) Steve Stricker -- Two wins this season at the Memorial and John Deere Classic, Stricker had to withdraw this weekend at the BMW Championship, citing a neck injury.

3.) Dustin Johnson -- The big-hitting American will be one of five rookies on the U.S. Team, winning three weeks ago at the Barclays.

4.) Webb Simpson -- Maybe the biggest surprise of 2011 has been Simpson, who has won twice in the last month and currently is leading the FedEx Cup heading into the Tour Championship.

5.) Nick Watney -- Also a two-time winner in '11, Watney is having another great season and will be playing in his first Presidents Cup.

6.) Phil Mickelson -- There has never been a Presidents Cup that didn't include Mickelson, who won earlier this season in Houston.

7.) Bubba Watson -- The long-hitting lefty has two wins in '11, at the Farmers Insurance Open and in New Orleans.

8.) David Toms -- The former PGA Championship winner needed a great finish at the BMW to secure his spot, and did, finishing tied for 10th. Toms won earlier this year at Colonial.

9.) Hunter Mahan -- No wins for Mahan in 2011, but he has made all but three cuts this season.

10.) Jim Furyk -- One of three players on the team with no wins this season, Furyk has had two top-10s in his last four starts.

International Team

1.) Jason Day -- His play in the majors this year was incredible, finishing second at both the Masters and U.S. Open.

2.) Adam Scott -- One of three Australians playing in their home country, Scott blitzed the field at Firestone earlier this year, winning by four strokes.

3.) Charl Schwartzel -- The 2011 Masters champion has made every cut on the PGA Tour this year.

4.) K.J. Choi -- The 2011 Players champion had a stretch this season of four tournaments where he never finished out of the top-eight.

5.) Kyung-tae Kim -- Probably the least known player on either team, Kim has four Japan Tour wins in the last two seasons, and made the cut in three of the four majors this season. Kim finished in the top-10 in two of his last three PGA Tour starts.

6.) Retief Goosen -- The Goose has no wins this year, and only one top-10, which happened at the St. Jude Classic. Retief withdrew at both the British Open and PGA Championship.

7.) Geoff Ogilvy -- The former U.S. Open champion needed a big finish at the BMW Championship, and got it, finishing third alone to get in.

8.) Ernie Els -- The Big Easy has no wins or top-10s this year and missed the cut in the last three majors.

9.) Y.E. Yang -- No wins this year for the former PGA Championship winner, but he does have a second and third place finish, with the latter coming at the U.S. Open.

10.) Ryo Ishikawa -- The teenager didn't need the captain's pick he got in 2009, qualifying for the last International spot. Ryo finished in the top-30 at both the Masters and U.S. Open.

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