- The Washington Times - Monday, August 21, 2006

MEDINAH, Ill. - Tom Lehman filled out the U.S. Ryder Cup team todaymonday by taking Stewart Cink and Scott Verplank as his captain’s picks, hoping experience and accuracy will help his squad end a dozen years of European dominance.

Cink was a captain’s pick two years ago, and the 33-year-old has been one of the few Americans to play well over the last two months in moving up to No. 12 in the standings.

Verplank was a surprise.

He is straight off the tee and a solid putter, but he finished the second round at the PGA Championship by making double bogeys on two of his last three holes to miss the cut, and many thought that was the end of his chances.

Lehman passed over Lucas Glover, a 26-year-old with tremendous raw skill and power but little experience, and Steve Stricker, who tied for seventh Sunday at Medinah and is one of the best putters on the PGA Tour.

Also left out was Davis Love III, ending his streak of playing on every Ryder Cup team since 1993, the longest of any American.

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