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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.

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IAN POULTER

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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NICOLAS COLSAERTS

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