Two Thirds of a Team

August 17, 2008

The PGA marked the end of qualifying for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. (European qualifying ends on Aug. 31.) The top eight on the points list are automatically in, but because Tiger Woods is injured and will not play in the Sept. 19--21 matches at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club, Nos. 2 through 9 make the squad. Captain Paul Azinger will reveal his four wild-card picks on Sept. 2. Here are those who are in and the wild-card front-runners, along with their Presidents and Ryder Cup records and a scouting report.

Eight Who Are In ...

PLAYER FINAL RANK 8/6 RANK PC W-L-H RC W-L-H SKINNY
Tiger Woods 1 1 13-11-1
10-13-2
Out of sight with injury, but out of mind?
Phil Mickelson 2 3 11-13-9
9-12-4
Has been a load in recent Ryders. Maybe he'll do better without you-know-who around.
Stewart Cink 3 2 8-4-1
3-5-4
Delivered one of few U.S. highlights in 2006 by stomping Sergio García (4 and 3) in singles.
Kenny Perry 4 4 7-6-0
0-2-0
Inclusion of Kentuckian ensures loud, partisan crowd in Louisville.
Jim Furyk 5 5 13-8-2
6-12-2
Hasn't putted well this year but still a tough out in singles.
Anthony Kim 6 6 0-0-0
0-0-0
U.S. counting on lots of game—and attitude—from Ryder rookie.
Justin Leonard 7 7 6-10-2
0-3-5
MIA since the Putt in '99 Ryder. Still on comeback trail.
Ben Curtis 8 21 0-0-0
0-0-0
Ties for second (PGA) and seventh (British) shoots him up the standings.
Boo Weekley 9 9 0-0-0
0-0-0
Surprisingly quiet summer. Needs to heat up soon.
... Front-runners for Four Captain's Picks
Steve Stricker 10 9 5-5-0
0-0-0
Started fast, but now is fighting through a minislump.
Woody Austin 11 10 1-1-3
0-0-0
Came up big in '07 Presidents, willing to try anything—including an impossible underwater shot—to help team.
D.J. Trahan 12 12 0-0-0
0-0-0
His U.S. Open run was no fluke: Trahan's been projected for greatness since his days at Clemson.
Hunter Mahan 13 11 2-3-0
0-0-0
Recent Ryder-bashing remarks aside, terrific iron player is made for team play.
Sean O'Hair 14 14 0-0-0
0-0-0
Tall and powerful, O'Hair embodies new wave of young talent on Tour.
Rocco Mediate 15 13 0-0-0
0-0-0
Darling du jour's enthusiasm and solid ball striking make him a likely pick.
Brandt Snedeker 16 16 0-0-0
0-0-0
Super Masters (tie third), nice U.S. Open (tie ninth) but not much else in '08.
Zach Johnson 17 15 2-2-0
0-0-0
2007 Masters champ hasn't had banner year, but putter makes him viable addition.
PHOTOROBERT BECK (WOODS)
PHOTOROBERT BECK (CINK) PHOTOROBERT BECK (KIM) PHOTOROBERT BECK (LEONARD) PHOTOROBERT BECK (STRICKER) PHOTOROBERT BECK (TRAHAN) PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (MICKELSON) PHOTOTODD BIGELOW/AURORA (PERRY) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (FURYK) PHOTOFRED VUICH (CURTIS) PHOTOFRED VUICH (AUSTIN) PHOTOFRED VUICH (MEDIATE) PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (WEEKLEY) PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (SNEDEKER) PHOTOSTAN BADZ/PGA TOUR/GETTY IMAGES (MAHAN) PHOTODAVID WALBERG (O'HAIR) PHOTODAVID WALBERG (JOHNSON)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)