The Ryder Cup was first played at the Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1927. A match-play competition between teams from the US.A and Europe, the event is staged every two years, alternating between courses on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
The 39th Ryder Cup is scheduled for September 25-30, 2012, at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.
This is a brief profile of the 12 members of Team USA in 2012, including seven major champions and five who are making their Ryder Cup debuts. The Americans will be trying to win back the Cup, currently held by the Europeans.
Davis Love III, Team Captain.
Phil Mickelson, 9th appearance, (11 wins-17 losses-6 halves): Age 42, born in San Diego, California. Member of World Golf Hall of Fame. Forty career PGA Tour wins, including four major championships. One win in 2012.
Jim Furyk, 8th appearance, (8-15-4): Age 42, born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Sixteen PGA Tour wins, including 2003 U.S. Open.
Tiger Woods, 6th appearance, (12-14-2): Age 36, born in Cypress, California. He has 74 PGA Tour wins, including 14 major championships. Three wins in 2012.
Steve Stricker, 3rd appearance, (3-3-1): Age 45, born in Edgerton, Wisconsin. Twelve PGA Tour wins. One win in 2012.
Bubba Watson, 2nd appearance, (1-3-0): Age 33, born in Bagdad, Florida. Four PGA Tour wins, including the 2012 Masters Tournament. One win in 2012.
Matt Kuchar, 2nd appearance, (1-1-2): Age 34, born in Winter Park, Florida. Four PGA Tour wins. One win in 2012.
Dustin Johnson, 2nd appearance, (1-3-0): Age 28, born in Columbia, South Carolina. Six PGA Tour wins. One win in 2012.
Jason Dufner, 1st appearance, (0-0-0): Age 35, born in Cleveland, Ohio. Two PGA Tour wins. Two wins in 2012.
Keegan Bradley, 1st appearance, (0-0-0): Age 26, born in Woodstock, Vermont. Three PGA Tour wins, including the 2011 PGA Championship. One win in 2012.
Webb Simpson, 1st appearance, (0-0-0): Age 27, born in Raleigh, North Carolina. Three PGA Tour wins, including the 2012 U.S. Open. One win in 2012.
Zach Johnson, 1st appearance, (0-0-0): Age 36, born in Iowa City, Iowa. Nine PGA Tour wins, including the 2007 Masters Tournament. Two wins in 2012.
Brandt Snedeker, 1st appearance, (0-0-0): Age 31, born in Nashville, Tennessee. Three PGA Tour wins. One win in 2012.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest of all time.
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