US players in the Ryder Cup

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2012 Majors: Masters-DNP, US Open-Cut, British Open-T9, PGA Championship-T48.

Backspin: For all his talent, he has been described as “awkward” when it comes to team competition. He was a bust with Phil Mickelson at Wales, and he didn’t fare much better with Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup last year. Still, he is playing as well as any American going into the Ryder Cup, having finished no worse than sixth in the three playoff events. He is long, confident and likely will be a strong Ryder Cup contributor at some point.

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BRANDT SNEDEKER

Age: 31.

World ranking: 18.

Ryder Cups: Rookie.

Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0.

Career victories: 3.

2012 victories: Farmers Insurance Open.

Majors: None.

2012 Majors: Masters-T19, US Open-DNP, British Open-T3, PGA Championship-Cut.

Backspin: Snedeker essentially played his way onto the team with his performance at two playoff events, and with a putting display at the British Open. His lone victory came at the expense of Kyle Stanley’s collapse at Torrey Pines. He missed a month in the summer with a rib injury, and it took him most of the year to replace a broken driver. He plays quick, he talks faster, he is high energy, he doesn’t back down and even the putts he misses look like they’re going in. The unknown is how he responds to loudest, most one-sided gallery in golf.

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