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Two Thirds of a Team

Aug. 18, 2008
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Two Thirds of a Team

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.

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PLAYERFINAL RANK8/6 RANKPC W-L-H RC W-L-HSKINNY
Tiger Woods1113-11-1
10-13-2
Out of sight with injury, but out of mind?
Phil Mickelson2311-13-9
9-12-4
Has been a load in recent Ryders. Maybe he'll do better without you-know-who around.
Stewart Cink328-4-1
3-5-4
Delivered one of few U.S. highlights in 2006 by stomping Sergio García (4 and 3) in singles.
Kenny Perry447-6-0
0-2-0
Inclusion of Kentuckian ensures loud, partisan crowd in Louisville.
Jim Furyk5513-8-2
6-12-2
Hasn't putted well this year but still a tough out in singles.
Anthony Kim660-0-0
0-0-0
U.S. counting on lots of game—and attitude—from Ryder rookie.
Justin Leonard776-10-2
0-3-5
MIA since the Putt in '99 Ryder. Still on comeback trail.
Ben Curtis8210-0-0
0-0-0
Ties for second (PGA) and seventh (British) shoots him up the standings.
Boo Weekley990-0-0
0-0-0
Surprisingly quiet summer. Needs to heat up soon.
... Front-runners for Four Captain's Picks
Steve Stricker1095-5-0
0-0-0
Started fast, but now is fighting through a minislump.
Woody Austin11101-1-3
0-0-0
Came up big in '07 Presidents, willing to try anything—including an impossible underwater shot—to help team.
D.J. Trahan12120-0-0
0-0-0
His U.S. Open run was no fluke: Trahan's been projected for greatness since his days at Clemson.
Hunter Mahan13112-3-0
0-0-0
Recent Ryder-bashing remarks aside, terrific iron player is made for team play.
Sean O'Hair14140-0-0
0-0-0
Tall and powerful, O'Hair embodies new wave of young talent on Tour.
Rocco Mediate15130-0-0
0-0-0
Darling du jour's enthusiasm and solid ball striking make him a likely pick.
Brandt Snedeker16160-0-0
0-0-0
Super Masters (tie third), nice U.S. Open (tie ninth) but not much else in '08.
Zach Johnson17152-2-0
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)