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    United States Ryder Cup Team profile

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    We take a look at the golfers hoping to retain the Ryder Cup for the United States.


    STEWART CINK. 37. Huntsville, Alabama. World ranking 35. Majors 1 (Open 2009). Caps 4 (2002-04-06-08). Points 5. Record P15 W3 H4 L8. Foursomes P7 W1 H1 L5. Fourballs P4 W1 H3. Singles P4 W1 L3.


    Beat 59-year-old Tom Watson in a play-off at Turnberry, but no top-ten finishes in the five majors since and with no more Tour wins either, needed wild card for third time in four matches.


    RICKIE FOWLER. 21. Anaheim, California. World ranking 33. Majors 0. Caps 0.


    First player ever to go from Walker Cup one year to Ryder Cup the next. Also played 2005 Walker Cup with Dustin Johnson against Rory McIlroy. Given wild card after three runners-up finishes.


    JIM FURYK. 40. West Chester, Pennsylvania. World ranking 5. Majors 1 (US Open 2003). Caps 6 (1997-99-2002-04-06-08). Points 9.5. Record P24 W8 H3 L13. Foursomes P9 W3 H1 L5. Fourballs P9 W1 H1 L7. Singles P6 W4 H1 L1.


    Won over £7 million on Sunday when he pipped Donald in Atlanta. Made match-winning point two years ago. Only one singles loss, but only one fourball win - with Tiger Woods in 2006.


    DUSTIN JOHNSON. 26. Columbia, South Carolina. World ranking 12. Majors 0. Caps 0.


    Secured debut with fifth place at USPGA, although he might have won until handed two-shot penalty after he finished. Blew US Open in June with closing 82. Opposed Rory McIlroy in 2007 Walker Cup.


    ZACH JOHNSON. 34. Iowa City, Iowa. World ranking 19. Majors 1 (Masters 2007). Caps 1 (2006). Points 1.5. Record P4 W1 H1 L2. Foursomes P2 H1 L1. Fourballs P1 W1. Singles P1 L1.


    Third place finish in USPGA not enough to earn automatic spot, but given wild card after five Tour titles since his Masters win. Lost emotional match to Darren Clarke in singles on debut.


    MATT KUCHAR. 32. Winter Park, Florida. World ranking 11. Majors 0. Caps 0.


    Former US amateur champion enjoying his best-ever season. Led the USPGA after first and second rounds and won the first of the FedEx Cup play-offs by beating Scot Martin Laird in sudden death.


    HUNTER MAHAN. 28. Orange, California. World ranking 14. Majors 0. Caps 1 (2008). Points 3.5. Record P5 W2 H3. Foursomes P2 W1 H1. Fourballs P2 W1 H1. Singles P1 H1.


    Clinched spot with world championship win in second-last week of qualifying. Unbeaten on debut two years ago, halving with Paul Casey in singles.


    PHIL MICKELSON. 40. San Diego, California. World ranking 2. Majors 4 (Masters 2004-06-10, USPGA 2005). Caps 7 (1995-97-99-2002-04-06-08). Points 13. Record P30 W10 H6 L14. Foursomes P10 W2 H4 L4. Fourballs P13 W5 H2 L6. Singles P7 W3 L4.


    Four majors, but still no world number one spot yet. Has lost his last four singles and had two defeats with Tiger Woods as his partner in 2004. Eighth cap equals US record.


    JEFF OVERTON. 27. Evansville, Indiana. World ranking 48. Majors: 0. Caps: 0.


    Along with Fowler the first Americans to play in the match in modern times without winning a Tour title first. The 2005 Walker Cup match-winner has had three second places and two thirds since Masters in April.


    STEVE STRICKER. 43. Edgerton, Wisconsin. World ranking 4. Majors 0. Caps 1 (2008). Points 0.5. Record P3 W0 H1 L2. Fourballs P2 H1 L1. Singles P1 L1.


    Did not make debut until 41 and only contribution to Valhalla win was second-day half with Ben Curtis against Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey. Beaten by Ian Poulter in singles.


    BUBBA WATSON. 31. Bagdad, Florida. World ranking 24. Majors 0. Caps 0.


    Big-hitting left-hander who leapt from 18th to third in the final week of qualifying, losing a play-off for the USPGA to Martin Kaymer. Won his first US Tour title earlier this season.


    TIGER WOODS. 34. Cypress, California. World ranking 1. Majors 14 (Masters 1997-2001-02-05, US Open 2000-02-08, Open 2000-05-06, USPGA 1999-2000-2006-07). Caps 5 (1997-99-2002-04-06). Record P25 W10 H2 L13. Foursomes P10 W3 H1 L6. Fourballs P10 W4 L6. Singles P5 W3 H1 L1.


    Missed last match following knee surgery and team, of course, won without him. His only victory remains 1999 in Boston. Needed wild card for first time, but is still world number one - just.