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2012 victories: Qatar Masters, Johnnie Walker Championship.

Majors: 1.

2012 Majors: Masters-T24, US Open-DNP, British Open-T34, PGA Championship-T48.

Backspin: It has been 13 years since his inaugural Ryder Cup at Brookline, the second-longest gap next to Christy O’Connor Jr., who went 14 years between matches. Skipped the U.S. Open to improve his chances of making the team. Won twice this year. He made his first team by winning the British Open when Jean Van de Velde had his collapse at Carnoustie. Lawrie teamed beautifully with Colin Montgomerie and lost only one match. Putting has been inconsistent this summer.

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FRANCESCO MOLINARI

Age: 29.

Country: Italy.

World ranking: 31.

Ryder Cups: 1.

Ryder Cup record: 0-2-1.

Career victories: 3.

2012 victories: Spanish Open.

Majors: None.

2012 Majors: Masters-T19, US Open-T29, British Open-T39, PGA Championship-T54.

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