Planet Golf — 22 September 2014 by GW staff and news services
Ryder Cup: Capsules

EUROPEAN TEAM

AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS (in alphabetical order)

Thomas Bjorn Age: 43 Birthplace: Silkeborg, Denmark Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (1997, 2002) Ryder Cup record: 3-2-1 (1-0-1 singles; 0-2-0 foursomes; 2-0-0 four-balls) 2014 highlights: T8 at the Masters.Seven top-10s in 20 starts this year, highlighted by a win at the Nedbank Challenge and a T3 at BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event.

 


 

Jamie Donaldson Age: 38 Birthplace: Pontypridd, Wales Ryder Cup appearances: None Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 2014 highlights

2014 highlights: Won the D+D Real Czech Masters on August 24 to clinch his spot on the team. … Finished second at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. … Finished T5 in consecutive weeks in June and July at BMW International Open and French Open.


Victor Dubuisson Age: 24 Birthplace: Cannes, France Ryder Cup appearances: None Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 2014 highlights: Displayed adventurous short game in loss to Jason Day in final match at World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. … Had top-10s in year’s final two majors, The Open Championship (T9) and PGA Championship (T7). … Also was runner-up at the Nordea Masters.


Sergio Garcia Age: 34 Birthplace: Castellón, Spain Ryder Cup appearances: 6 (1999-2008, 2012) Ryder Cup record: 16-8-4 (2-4-0 singles; 8-2-1 foursomes; 6-2-3 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Won Qatar Masters, his first victory since 2012 Wyndham Championship. … Runner-up at The Open Championship. Also second at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and Travelers Championship. … Third at THE PLAYERS Championship and Shell Houston Open. … 13th in the FedExCup.


Martin Kaymer Age: 29 Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12) Ryder Cup record: 3-2-1 (1-1-0 singles; 0-0-1 foursomes; 2-1-0 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Won the U.S. Open and THE PLAYERS Championship. Held at least a share of the lead after each round in both events. … No. 16 in the FedExCup. … T7 at the Deutsche Bank Championship is his only other top-10 this year.


Graeme McDowell Age: 35 Birthplace: Portrush, Northern Ireland Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2008-12) Ryder Cup record: 5-5-2 (2-1-0 singles; 2-2-1 foursomes; 1-2-1 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Won French Open. … Ten top-10s in 19 worldwide starts. … No. 56 in the FedExCup. … T9 at The Open Championship. … Top-10 in all three World Golf Championships starts: Accenture Match Play Championship (T5), Cadillac Championship (T9) and Bridgestone Invitational (T8).

Rory McIlroy Age: 25 Birthplace: Holywood, Northern Ireland Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12) Ryder Cup record: 4-3-2 (1-0-1 singles; 2-2-0 foursomes; 1-1-1 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Won two majors (The Open Championship and PGA Championship) and a World Golf Championship (Bridgestone Invitational) during a three-tournament winning streak. … Returned to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for first time since 2012 with victory at Bridgestone. … No. 2 in the FedExCup. … Also won the BMW Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event.


Justin Rose Age: 34 Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2008, 2012) Ryder Cup record: 6-3-0 (2-0-0 singles; 3-1-0 foursomes; 1-2-0 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Overcame shoulder injury at start of the season to win back-to-back starts at the Quicken Loans National and Scottish Open. … T4 at THE PLAYERS Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. … Top-25s at all four majors: Masters (T14), U.S. Open (T12), Open Championship (T23) and PGA Championship (T24). … Finished in the top 10 in nine of 21 worldwide events. … No. 27 in the FedExCup.


Henrik Stenson Age: 38 Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2006-08) Ryder Cup record: 2-3-2 (1-1-0 singles; 1-1-1 foursomes; 0-1-1 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Winless this year after claiming both the FedExCup and Race to Dubai in 2013. … Started year slowly after big 2013, but has started to show form, including a T4 at U.S. Open and T3 at PGA Championship. Also finished 14th at the Masters, giving him top-15 finishes in three of four majors. … Finished 52nd in the FedExCup.


CAPTAIN’S SELECTIONS

Stephen Gallacher Age: 39 Birthplace: Dechmont, Scotland Ryder Cup appearances: None Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 2014 highlights: Won Dubai Desert Classic for second consecutive year. … Finished T6 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. … Runner-up at Nordea Masters and finished third in the Italian Open in his last start. Narrowly missed finishing second in Italy, which would have automatically qualified him for the team. It was his second consecutive top-10 after T7 in Czech Masters. … Also finished T5 in the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event, and T4 at the Scottish Open in his home country.


Ian Poulter Age: 38 Birthplace: Hitchin, England Ryder Cup appearances: 4 (2004, 2008-12) Ryder Cup record: 12-3-0 (4-0-0 singles; 4-1-0 foursomes; 4-2-0 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Three top-10s in 20 starts … Second at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, T5 at China Open and T6 at FedEx St. Jude Classic. … Finished 78th in FedExCup. … Shot final-round 66 at Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday to finish T23. … Top-25s at the Masters (T20) and U.S. Open (T17).


Lee Westwood Age: 41 Birthplace: Worksop, England Ryder Cup appearances: Eight (1997-2012) Ryder Cup record: 18-13-6 (3-5-0 singles; 7-4-4 foursomes; 8-4-2 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Won Malaysian Open. … Other two top-10s this season were seventh-place finish at the Masters and T6 at THE PLAYERS. … Posted back-to-back top-20s at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (T19) and PGA Championship (T15). … Finished 107th in FedExCup.

AMERICAN TEAM

AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS (in alphabetical order)

Rickie Fowler Age: 25 Birthplace: Murrietta, California Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2010) Ryder Cup record: 0-1-2 (0-0-1 singles; 0-0-1 foursomes; 0-1-0 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Top five in all four majors (T5, Masters; T2, U.S. Open; T2, Open Championship; T3, PGA Championship). … T23 finish at Deutsche Bank Championship ended streak of five consecutive top-10s. Had two runners-up and a T3 in that stretch. … Has finished in the top 25 in nine consecutive starts. … No. 9 in FedExCup.


Jim Furyk Age: 44 Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania Ryder Cup appearances: 8 (1997-99-2002-04-06-08-10-12) Ryder Cup record: 9-17-4 (4-3-1 singles; 4-6-2 foursomes; 1-8-1 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Runners-up at Wells Fargo Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship and RBC Canadian Open. … Top-15 in all four majors (T14, Masters; T12, U.S. Open; 4th, Open Championship; T5, PGA Championship). … 18 top-25s, including 11 top-10s, in 21 starts this season. Has finished in the top 25 in 10 consecutive starts. … No. 4 in FedExCup.


Zach Johnson Age: 38 Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2006-10-12) Ryder Cup record: 6-4-1 (2-1-0 singles; 3-2-1 foursomes; 1-1-0 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Won Hyundai Tournament of Champions. … Runner-up at John Deere Classic. … Third at Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation after final-round 62. … Twelve top-25s, including five top-10s, in 26 starts. Made 24 cuts. … No. 18 in FedExCup.


Matt Kuchar Age: 36 Birthplace: Winter Park, Florida Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12) Ryder Cup record: 3-2-2 (0-2-0 singles; 1-0-0 foursomes; 2-0-2 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Won RBC Heritage. … T5 at Masters. … Seventeen top-25s, including 11 top-10s, in 24 starts. … Had four consecutive top-fives, including Heritage win, T5 at Augusta National, playoff loss at Shell Houston Open and T4 at Valero Texas Open. … Withdrew from PGA Championship with back spasms. … No. 9 in FedExCup.


Phil Mickelson Age: 44 Birthplace: San Diego Ryder Cup appearances: 9 (1995-97-99-2002-04-06-08-10-12) Ryder Cup record: 14-18-6 (4-5-0 singles; 4-5-4 foursomes; 6-8-2 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Automatically qualified for the team after runner-up finish at PGA Championship, his first top-10 of the season. … Shot final-round 62 at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational to finish T15 in final start before PGA. … Ten top-25s in 21 starts. … No. 68 in FedExCup.


Patrick Reed Age: 24 Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas Ryder Cup appearances: None Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 2014 highlights: Won Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Opened Humana Challenge with three consecutive 63s.… Finished fourth at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational … Held 54-hole lead at Quicken Loans National before final-round 77 dropped him to 11th place. … No. 21 in FedExCup. … Finished ninth at The Barclays. … Four top-10s this season.


Jordan Spieth Age: 21 Birthplace: Dallas Ryder Cup appearances: None Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 2014 highlights: Played in final group at Masters (T2) and THE PLAYERS Championship (T4). … Also runner-up at Hyundai Tournament of Champions. … Eighteen top-25s, including eight top-10s, in 27 starts. … No. 15 in FedExCup. … Previously represented United States in Walker Cup (2011) and Presidents Cup (2013).


Jimmy Walker Age: 35 Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Ryder Cup appearances: None Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 2014 highlights: Earned first three PGA TOUR victories in first eight starts of season (Frys.com Open; Sony Open in Hawaii; AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am). … Top-10s in three majors (T8, Masters; T9, U.S. Open; T7, PGA Championship). … Nineteen top-25s, including 10 top-10s, in 27 starts this season. … No. 7 in FedExCup after leading for most of year.


Bubba Watson Age: 35 Birthplace: Bagdad, Florida Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12) Ryder Cup record: 3-5-0 (0-2 singles; 0-2 foursomes; 3-1 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Won second Masters title by three shots over Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth…Also won Northern Trust Open. … Eight top-10s in 21 starts, including runners-up at World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and Waste Management Phoenix Open. Has six top-three finishes this season. … No. 5 in FedExCup.


CAPTAIN’S SELECTIONS

Keegan Bradley Age: 28 Birthplace: Woodstock, Vermont Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2012) Ryder Cup record: 3-1-0 (0-1-0 singles; 2-0-0 foursomes; 1-0-0 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Runner-up at Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. … Thirteen top-25s, including six top-10s, in 26 starts this season. … Finished T4 at U.S. Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and The Greenbrier Classic. … No. 33 in the FedExCup.


Hunter Mahan Age: 32 Birthplace: Orange, California Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2008-10) Ryder Cup record: 3-2-3 (0-1-1 singles; 2-1-1 foursomes; 1-0-1 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Win at The Barclays thrust him into Ryder Cup contention. … Finished T15 at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and T7 at PGA Championship leading up to the win at Ridgewood. … No. 6 in the FedExCup.


Webb Simpson Age: 29 Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2012) Ryder Cup record: 2-2-0 (0-1-0 singles; 0-1-0 foursomes; 2-0-0 four-balls) 2014 highlights: Nine top-10s, including three third-place finishes, in 25 starts this season. … Top-10s in two of his three starts leading up to the announcement of the Captain’s Picks — T5 at Wyndham Championship and T9 at Deutsche Bank Championship. … No. 25 in FedExCup.

 

 

 

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