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    European Ryder Cup Team profile


    by ODN


    We take a look at the men hoping to win back the Ryder Cup for Europe.

    LUKE DONALD. Age 32. Born Hemel Hempstead, England. World ranking 8. Majors 0. Caps 2 (2004-06). Points 5.5. Record P7 W5 H1 L1. Foursomes P4 W4. Fourballs P1 H1. Singles P2 W1 L1.

    Missed 2008 match after wrist surgery. All his foursomes wins came with Sergio Garcia. World Cup and Walker Cup winner. Third at Wales Open in June and almost won FedEx Cup. Wild card as in 2004.

    ROSS FISHER. 29. Ascot, England. World ranking 27. Majors 0. Caps 0.

    Just missed out two years ago. Led all four majors last season and won Volvo World Match Play and Irish Open during qualifying. Semi-finalist in 2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play.

    PETER HANSON. 32. Svedala, Sweden. World ranking 42. Majors 0. Caps 0.

    Burst into team after being given late invite to Czech Open and winning it. Did it with 18-foot putt for his third play-off win out of three and second this season.

    PADRAIG HARRINGTON. 39. Dublin, Ireland. World ranking 22. Majors 3 (Open 2007-08, US PGA 2008). Caps 5 (1999-02-04-06-08). Points 8.5. Record P21 W7 H3 L11. Foursomes P9 W2 H3 L4. Fourballs P7 W2 L5. Singles P5 W3 L2.

    First European to win back-to-back Opens since 1906 and first to win US PGA for 78 years. Given wild card ahead of Paul Casey and Justin Rose despite no cup wins in his last nine games.

    MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ. 46. Malaga, Spain. World ranking 26. Majors 0. Caps 3 (1999-04-08). Points 3.5. Record P12 W2 H3 L7. Foursomes P5 H2 L3. Fourballs P4 W2 H1 L1. Singles P3 L3.

    Assistant to Seve Ballesteros in 1997 who has had 11 wins since he turned 40, three of them this year. He alone maintains the Spanish record of at least one player in every European side since 1979.

    MARTIN KAYMER. 25. Dusseldorf, Germany. World ranking 6. Majors 1 (US PGA 2010). Caps 0.

    Golf's newest major champion after play-off win over Bubba Watson. Almost made 2008 side and went to the match to sample atmosphere. Broke three toes go-karting last August.

    GRAEME McDOWELL. 31. Portrush, Northern Ireland. World ranking 13. Majors 1 (US Open 2010). Caps 1 (2008). Points 2.5 Record P4 W2 H1 L1. Foursomes P1 H1. Fourballs P2 W1 L1. Singles P1 W1.

    Ended 40-year wait for a European winner of US Open. Stunning Pebble Beach victory came two weeks after Wales Open win at Celtic Manor with 64-63 finish. Debut singles win over Stewart Cink.

    RORY McILROY. 21. Holywood, Northern Ireland. World ranking 9. Majors 0. Caps 0.

    Boy wonder of European golf. Has finished third in the last two majors and three of the last five. Won in America with closing 62 and began Open with 63. Debut comes three years after turning pro.

    EDOARDO MOLINARI. 29. Turin, Italy. World ranking 15. Majors 0. Caps 0.

    Wild card pick means he and Francesco will become first brothers to play since Bernard and Geoff Hunt in 1963. Won Scottish Open and then grabbed Johnnie Walker title in final qualifying week.

    FRANCESCO MOLINARI. 27. Turin, Italy. World ranking 32. Majors 0. Caps 0.

    Younger of the two brothers who won the World Cup together last November. Eleven top tens during qualifying, including two second places, and led US PGA first round. Only win was 2006 Italian Open.

    IAN POULTER. 34. Hitchin, England. World ranking 16. Majors 0. Caps 2 (2004-08). Points 5. Record P7 W5 L2. Foursomes P2 W1 L1. Fourballs P3 W2 L1.

    Singles P2 W2 Controversial wild card pick last time and top-scored with four points out of five. Current WGC-Accenture Match Play champion, beating Paul Casey in February's final. Open runner-up in 2008.

    LEE WESTWOOD. 37. Worksop, England. World ranking 3. Majors 0. Caps 6 (1997-99-02-04-06-08). Points 16.5. Record P29 W14 H5 L10. Foursomes P11 W6 H3 L2. Fourballs P12 W6 H2 L4. Singles P6 W2 L4.

    Runner-up in Masters and Open and leading qualifier, but out of action since August 6 with torn calf muscle. Equalled cup record with 11-game unbeaten run before losing second fourball last time.