2012 Ryder Cup – Team USA
The 2012 Ryder Cup begins on the 28th of September. This year it comes from across the pond, Illinois and will be played at the Medinah Country Club.
Team USA is captained this year by Davis Love III, his assistant captains include Fred Couples, Mike Hulbert, Jeff Sluman and Scott Verplank. All of whom have vast experience of the Ryder Cup and will be looking to lead their team to success and gain revenge for the 2010 European victory.
The players who will be on the front line, battling for the win include the best names in golf. Tiger woods has been included after his recent rise in form after a bad patch in his life and career, with numerous top ten finishes and a handful of victories this season.
Other experience campaigners such as Phil Mickelson, who has played in 8 previous competitions has been given the go ahead for this year. It would be hard not to pick Mickelson, having won 40 times on the PGA Tour including many majors. Jim Furyk also has vast experience in the Ryder Cup, having played 7 times in the tournament. Also, 16 PGA Tour victories highlight his talent.
27 year old Webb Simpson makes his Ryder Cup debut having only turned professional in 2008, winning the 2011 US Open has had a dramatic effect on Simpson, giving him the confidence and experience to go on and win another two PGA Tour events. After winning the 2012 Masters, Bubba Watson plays in his second Ryder Cup after featuring in 2010. Everyone fell in love with his creativity and massive drives after his Masters victory, not to mention the pink driver.
Experience PGA Tour campaigners Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar have been picked by Davis Love III, along with Ryder Cup debutant Brandt Snedeker. Snedeker has five top ten finishes in 2012 including second place at the Barclays, which may well have caught the captain’s eye.
The youngest member of Team USA is Keegan Bradley, who will make his debut at the age of 26. He was given the 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honour after a great season, including two victories. Also, he has one victory in 2012 and a top 5 finish at the PGA Championship.
Dustin Johnson and his namesake Zach have also been included in this year’s American Team. Dustin has played only in the 2010 competition, with Zach playing in 2008 and 2010. Although they may sound relatively inexperienced, their numerous seasons on the PGA Tour show they have what it takes to compete at the highest level. Last but not least, Jason Dufner makes his Ryder Cup debut along with 3 other of this year’s picks for Team USA. He has won 4 tournaments in his career and consistent performances have made him a good choice for Davis Love III.
The experience of Woods, Mickelson and Furyk will definitely assist the debutants in the squad. One thing’s for sure, they will definitely be up for the challenge at Medinah this year.
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