European players in the Ryder Cup

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Backspin: The former PGA champion has all but disappeared this season, missing the cut in his last two majors and failing to win a tournament for the first time since his rookie season in Europe in 2007. This might be a player Europe has to hide. He played who matches (win, halve) with Westwood at Celtic Manor, and he won his match with Ian Poulter over Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.



Age: 36.

Country: England.

World ranking: 24.

Ryder Cups: 3.

Ryder Cup record: 8-3-0.

Career victories: 13.

2012 victories: None.

Majors: None.

2012 Majors: Masters-7, US Open-T41, British Open-T9, PGA Championship-T3.

Backspin: Not so surprisingly, his game appears to be rounding into form as the Ryder Cup nears. Has won all three of his singles matches, and guaranteed a win over Matt Kuchar two years ago by saying, “I will deliver a point.” His teammates now call him “The Postman.” Not very long, not the greatest iron player, but makes putts from everywhere when they matter and has a great short game.



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