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The 2012 American Ryder Cup Team

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The 39th Ryder Cup will be held at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, beginning on September 28, 2012. The American team is now set and is a mix of new and veteran competitors.

Here is a list of the team members (beginning with the automatic qualifiers in the order in which they qualified):

Tiger Woods (7th appearance): The 14-time major champion has accomplished virtually everything in the world of professional golf. Nevertheless, Woods would like to improve on his career Ryder Cup record. Amazingly, Tiger has a losing record in his career, posting a mark of 12-14-2.

Bubba Watson (2nd appearance): Bubba Watson made his major breakthrough at the 2012 Masters. His three victories on the PGA Tour since the start of 2011 secured Watson the second qualifying spot behind Woods.

Jason Dufner (1st appearance): Jason Dufner is the classic late bloomer on the PGA Tour. After turning pro in 2000, it was not until 2012 that Dufner claimed his first victory on tour. Having won, it seemed that he liked it as Dufner very nearly won three times in four starts. His reward for two good years on tour is his first Ryder Cup competition.

Keegan Bradley (1st appearance): Bradley took the PGA Tour by storm winning twice in his rookie year of 2011, including the PGA Championship. After a successful sophomore year, Bradley will be making his first Ryder Cup appearance in 2012.

Webb Simpson (1st appearance): Similarly to Bradley, Webb Simpson also had a breakout year in 2011 on tour. He followed up his 2011 performance by capturing the 2012 U.S. Open Championship.

Zach Johnson (3rd appearance): Zach Johnson is perhaps best known for claiming the Green Jacket in 2007. However, Johnson is a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, including two victories in 2012.

Matt Kuchar (2nd appearance): Kuchar has won four times on tour, with his best win coming at The Players Championship in 2012. This will be Kuchar's second consecutive Ryder Cup appearance.

Phil Mickelson (9th appearance): Phil Mickelson will be making his ninth consecutive appearance in the Ryder Cup. This is a record for the American side. With four major championships among the 40 PGA Tour titles to his credit, there can be little question that Mickelson is the second greatest player of his era.

Captain's Picks

Dustin Johnson (2nd appearance): Dustin Johnson is one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour. While Dustin has not yet claimed a major championship, it is certainly not due to a lack of opportunities. However, Johnson does have six career titles on his resume, including the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2012.

Jim Furyk (8th appearance): Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, has enjoyed something of a resurgence in 2012 after a lackluster 2011 season. He was the 54-hole leader at the 2012 U.S. Open and has recorded six top 10 finishes in 2012. His selection as a captain's pick ensures that his streak of eight consecutive Ryder Cup appearances remains intact.

Brandt Snedeker (1st appearance): The 2012 Ryder Cup will be Snedeker's first professional team competition. Snedeker claimed victory at the 2012 Farmer's Insurance Open and has five additional top 10 finishes this season, including a third-place showing at the Open Championship and a second-place finish at The Barclays.

Steve Stricker (3rd appearance): Steve Stricker was also something of a late bloomer on the PGA Tour. However, once Stricker turned 40, he began to win tournaments with regularity. Incredibly, nine of his 12 career PGA Tour titles have come since his 40th birthday. Known as one of the best putters on tour, Stricker will be making his third consecutive Ryder Cup appearance at Medinah. Not surprisingly, all of his Ryder Cup starts have come after Stricker turned 40.

Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.

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