Ryder Cup Participants Announced
The golf world is buzzing with anticipation as the Ryder Cup teams have been announced for the bi-annual event. The best golfers in Europe and the United State face off in the last week of September in one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments. This year the competition will take place at Medinah Country Club in Illinois. The event rotates from a European location to an American location every two years. The teams have recently been finalized based on earnings over this and last year’s PGA tournaments. Be sure to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world’s greatest golfers come to Chicagoland!
Team Captain: Davis Love III
The captain has the responsibility of selecting 4 “wild card” spots to fill the team.
Tiger Woods (36 years old)
Six wins in the last nine matches has Tiger in prime position going into the cup.
Bubba Watson (33 years old)
The winner of this year’s Masters had some historic moments that he will hope to mimic.
Jason Dufner (35 years old)
Finished second in last year’s US PGA Championship
Keegan Bradley (26 years old)
Youngest member on the team, winner of last year’s US PGA Championship.
Webb Simpson (27 years old)
Current US Open Champion, second in PGA Tour’s 2011 money list.
Zach Johnson (36 years old)
Multiple wins and runner-up finishes this season.
Matt Kuchar (34 years old)
Winner of Players Championship and almost forced a playoff at the Masters.
Phil Mickelson (42 years old)
Ninth Ryder Cup appearance, won Pebble Beach earlier this year.
Steve Stricker (45 years old)
Has played in the Ryder Cup before, also partnered with Tiger Woods during President’s Cup matches.
Jim Furyk (42 years old)
Seven time Ryder Cup player, but hasn’t won a PGA tournament since 2010.
Dustin Johnson (28 years old)
Has missed much of the season due to injury but has the confidence of Davis Love III to perform.
Brandt Snedeker (31 years old)
Selected by Davis Love III for his focus and touch, runner up at the Barclays event.
Team Captain: Jose Maria Olazabal
3 wins as European team captain in 1987, ’97, and 2006
Nicolas Colsaerts (29 years old)
First Ryder Cup appearance, winner of Volvo World Match Play Championship
Luke Donald (34 years old)
4th appearance, winner of BMW PGA Championship
Sergio Garcia (32 years old)
Part of 3 Ryder Cup wins, a popular figure amongst European golfers
Peter Hanson (34 years old)
Doesn’t have any recent major wins to date, but many top 10 finishes.
Martin Kaymer (27 years old)
Won 2010 PGA Championship
Paul Lawrie (43 years old)
Scottish born golfer makes his second appearance in the Ryder Cup
Graeme McDowell (33 years old)
Winner of 2010 US Open has previously represented Ireland in World Cup
Francesco Molinari (29 years old)
Won the WGC-HSBC Championship in 2010
Ian Poulter (36 years old)
Winner of Volvo World Match Play Championship along with Luke Donald
Justin Rose (32 years old)
BMW Championship winner, WGC-Cadillac Championship winner, second Ryder Cup appearance
Lee Westwood (39 years old)
Several top 10 finishes in US and European major tournaments throughout his great career
Rory Mcllroy (23 years old)
Winner of the 2011 US Open and 2012 PGA Championship, in the running for the Fed Ex Cup
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