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Patrick Reed makes his second Ryder Cup appearance after being the top points-earner for Team USA in a losing effort at Gleneagles in 2014, boasting a 3-0-1 record.

The 26-year-old, fourth in automatic qualifying, enters off career best finishes of 3rd in the final FedExCup standings and 5th on the money list. His 11 top 10s (in 28 starts) was second-most on TOUR this season, four shy of teammate Dustin Johnson. The Texan kicked off the FEC Playoffs with his fifth TOUR title at The Barclays to take the lead in FEC points, but faded with progressively worse finishes of T5-T13 and T24 (of 29) at the TOUR Championship. He posted a T9 at the 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play, winning his Group with a 3-0-0 mark, but lost in the Round of 16 to Johnson (3&2). Reed was a rookie member of the 2015 Presidents Cup, compiling a 1-2-1 record.
Sep 28 - 9:09 PM

Debutant Brooks Koepka is in Chaska, Minnesota, for the 41st playing of the Ryder Cup.

The 26-year-old, sixth in automatic qualifying, joins Captain's Pick Ryan Moore as first-time Ryder Cuppers for Team USA. It's also his first Team USA competition after failing to qualify for the 2015 Presidents Cup on points -- and not receiving a Captain's Pick after opening the 2015 FedExCup Playoffs with back-to-back missed cuts at The Barclays and Deutsche Bank. This season, Koepka was eliminated from the Playoffs following the BMW Championship after posting T70-T57-T32 in the first three legs. He completed his third season on TOUR with seven top 10s in 21 starts, including a T5 at the WGC-Dell Match Play with a record of 3-2-0. The Floridian won his Group but was eliminated in the Quarters by eventual champ Jason Day (3&2).
Sep 28 - 8:36 PM

The 2016 Ryder Cup marks Phil Mickelson's 11th straight appearance in the biennial competition and he's been on the winning side only twice, in 1999 (The Country Club, Brookline, MA) and 2008 (Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, KY).

The 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club welcomes the Hall-of-Famer who enters with an overall record of 16-19-6, including a 2-1-0 mark at Gleneagles in 2014. His 41 career matches are the most in U.S. history with teammate Zach Johnson the next-most tenured of this year's squad with 14. The 46-year-old was No. 3 in automatic qualifying and finished a semi-resurgent PGA TOUR season with three runner-up finishes in 22 starts, highlighted by solo second at The Open. He ranked 12th in earnings and 16th in FedExCup points, while 7th in birdie average (4.06) and 1st in par-3 scoring average (2.93).
Sep 28 - 8:04 PM

Martin Kaymer will make his fourth appearance in the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club later this week.

His Miracle at Medinah-clinching putt rather massages a good (.55%) but far from scintillating Ryder Cup record. On debut in 2010 he won 2.5 points from 3 matches on the first two days before being rumbled 6&4 by Dustin Johnson. At Medinah he lost a fourball contest with Justin Rose and wasn't seen again until the final day, when he played poorly (he was in a form dip at the time), but valiantly scraped that vital point against Steve Stricker. Two years ago he eked half a point from two foursome outings with Thomas Bjorn before defeating Bubba Watson 4&2. He's 20-17 in all match play singles with a standout result this year being an 8&6 drubbing at the hands of Zach Johnson in this year's WGC World Match Play. Hasn't won since claiming the 2014 US Open, even when holding a 6-shot 54-hole lead in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. Finished T6 at the 2009 PGA Championship hosted by Hazeltine.
Sep 27 - 12:11 PM

Rory McIlroy makes his way to Hazeltine National Golf Club as a golfer at the height of his game and ready to impose himself on the 2016 Ryder Cup.

This will be the Northern Irishman's fourth appearance and he has come a long way from the early controversy, pre-2010 debut, of suggesting it was a mere exhibition. He is 3-2-1 in foursomes, 2-0-1 in singles, and surprisingly just 1-2-2 in fourballs, for an overall record of .57% 6-4-4 which is solid rather than spectacular. But if ever a man enters the match on the crest of a wave it must be McIlroy this week: he not only triumphed in last week's Tour Championship, his second victory in the FedEx Cup play-offs after claiming the Deutsche Bank Championship, but also picked up the end-of-season pot of loot and will have seen the reaction of his team-mates at the airport, cheering wildly as his winning putt dropped in the hole. He'll also be buoyed by his improved putting stats, which seem to have been boosted by work with Phil Kenyon in recent weeks and the move away from Nike equipment. Was T3 in the Hazeltine-hosted 2009 PGA Championship, ranking second for Ball-striking.
Sep 27 - 12:08 PM

Thomas Pieters will draw on his college experience when he debuts in the Ryder Cup this week at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

There is precious little match play golf to judge the Belgian on, but a defeat of team-mate Chris Wood, a halved match with Adam Scott and defeat by Bill Haas in this year's WGC World Match Play reads better than his pro head-to-head debut when trumped by David Drysdale in last year's Paul Lawrie Match Play. What we do know is that his captain Darren Clarke was swayed into picking Pieters based on his length from the tee, his promise and his audacious play in the weeks leading up to the wildcard selection, most pertinently the way he finished with three straight birdies to win the Made in Denmark tournament. His experience of playing in America is limited as a professional (T76 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, T86 in the PGA Championship, T28 in the WGC World Match Play; all this year) but he enjoyed a smart college career at the University of Illinois, taking down Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay to win the NCAA Division I Golf Championship.
Sep 27 - 12:05 PM

World No. 2 Dustin Johnson seeks his first taste of Ryder Cup team success as he preps for the 41st edition, held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

DJ displays a very strong individual Ryder Cup record, when you consider he's been a part of two losing teams (2010, 2012). Johnson is 4-3-0 in his matches, including a perfect 2-0-0 in singles. The 32-year-old just capped off the 2015-16 season that featured 15 top 10s, including three wins, one being his first major championship victory. With his lone weakness being accuracy off the tee, it's important that Davis Love III pairs him with someone that is good out of the thick stuff, at least in the alternate-shot foursomes format. Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker, and Rickie Fowler all fit that bill as they rank top 50 in proximity from the rough. Expect Johnson to be used early and often this week for the Americans, making him a very good candidate to be top point scorer for the U.S. side.
Sep 27 - 11:06 AM

Matt Kuchar received one of four captain's pick for the American squad at the 2016 Ryder Cup and he'll look to make Davis Love III proud as he takes on Hazeltine National Golf Club this week in Chaska, Minnesota.

Kuchar is making his fourth appearance at the biennial event (2010, 2012, 2014) but he's yet to taste victory. Diving into his personal record, he is 4-5-2 with the four-balls format being his highlight at 2-1-2. On paper, Kuchar can be paired with anyone since he doesn't have any glaring weaknesses, ranking top 50 in all strokes gained sub-categories. His chipper personality is hard to not get along with, as well. As the 2013 WGC-Match Play champion we know he can handle the head-to-head format, but he's just 1-2-0 in Ryder Cup singles heading into the week.
Sep 27 - 10:51 AM

Brandt Snedeker looks to improve upon his undesirable Ryder Cup record as he takes his talents to Hazeltine National Golf Club for the 41st running of the event.

The Vandy product is 1-2-0 in his Ryder Cup career, playing only the 2012 edition at Medinah. Paired up with Jim Furyk, the duo split foursome matches with the heavy-hitters Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell before Snedeker would go on to lose his singles match to Paul Lawrie on Sunday. Furyk is not on the team this time so perhaps they'll pair him with Ryan Moore who brings a similar fairways-and-greens style ala Furyk, or they could pair him with fellow Southerner J.B. Holmes for the Kentucky-Tennessee connection. With Snedeker ranking seventh on TOUR in proximity from the rough, Holmes may actually be an ideal alternate shot partner.
Sep 27 - 10:40 AM

Sergio Garcia, who owns the sixth best percentage rate of all-time European players, will tee it up in the Ryder Cup for the eighth time at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week.

The 36-year-old keeps the Spanish flame burning in this event, the one which has blazed so brightly since lit by Ballesteros and fanned by Olazabal. His overall record of 18-9-5 adds up to an excellent .64%. Delve deeper and you see he has a superb foursomes record (9-2-2), a fine fourball logbook (6-3-3) but is surprisingly weak in the singles (3-4-0). Will he be reunited with Lee Westwood in alternate shot? It would be no surprise since they are undefeated in foursomes with three wins and two halves (both players are on the brink of becoming Europe's winningest foursome performers in history). He's not extended himself in 2016, but scheduled with this match, the majors and the Olympics in mind. He won the Byron Nelson Championship, finished T5 in the U.S. Open and Open Championship, T8 in the Olympics, but lasted only two weeks in the FedEx Cup play-offs.
Sep 27 - 4:30 AM

Ryder Cup rookie Matthew Fitzpatrick will tee it up at Hazeltine National Golf Club, in the 41st edition of the match.

The 22-year-old winner of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship took a little time getting to grips with pro golf but then surged onto his first Ryder Cup team with two victories in the qualifying period, the 2015 British Masters and this year's Nordea Masters. He did suffer a lapse in form through the heart of the summer, that second win apart, but has righted those concerns somewhat with three top 20 finishes in his last four stroke play starts. He holds a 5-4 record in individual match play, which includes heavy defeats by Patrick Reed (4&3) and Phil Mickelson (5&4) in this year's WGC World Match Play. Teamed up with Lee Westwood to clinch a 5&4 foursomes win in the EurAsia Cup in January, whilst he lost 3&1 in fourballs with Danny Willett. A dead-eye putter as an amateur, it is his tee-to-green game which has prospered in the pro ranks (10th for GIR in the season's ranking, 7th last year). His slight frame and low key demeanour masks a tough cookie.
Sep 27 - 4:19 AM

Rafa Cabrera Bello will continue his nation's strong affiliation with the Ryder Cup when he makes his debut in the 41st edition of the match at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week.

The Spaniard earned his first appearance in the tournament with a run of stunning consistency which, unlike some of his team-mates, he maintained throughout the summer. In all, he is 19-for-20 in stroke play this season, including 14 top 15 finishes (six of them top five). You can add to that a third placed finish in the WGC World Match Play, which included defeats of Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore and Hideki Matsuyama amongst others, and a solid (T17) debut at Augusta National. The match play success was not his first – he went 4-2 when third in the 2012 Volvo World Match Play (defeating Martin Kaymer, losing to Jason Day in extra holes). Cabrera Bello hits a lot of greens in regulation, but it's just as well because he is widely considered vulnerable around the greens. One concern is he has just two wins on the European Tour, despite having been top 3 with 18 holes to play 11 times since his last victory in 2012.
Sep 27 - 4:13 AM

Jordan Spieth sets his eyes on Hazeltine National Golf Club as he preps for the 41st Ryder Cup, his second appearance at the biennial event.

The Texas Longhorn debuted at the 2014 Ryder Cup with a 2-1-1 record while playing overseas at Gleneagles. His lone loss was in singles against Graeme McDowell. Spieth will be on home turf this time around, as he looks to carry the USA squad to their first Ryder Cup victory since 2008. The 23-year-old has proven to be a dynamite teammate in all formats, as he's 7-2-1 in fourball and foursomes across the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. Spieth should be considered one of the favorites to lead the American side in scoring this week in Chaska, Minnesota.
Sep 26 - 5:02 PM

Zach Johnson readies for his fifth Ryder Cup appearance as he puts on his red, white, and blue gear, preparing for battle at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week in Chaska, Minnesota.

The 40-year-old has played in four Ryder Cup matches (2006, 2010, 2012, and 2014) but has yet to feel what it's like to win one. You wouldn't know his teams were winless based on his personal record of 6-6-2, including 2-1-1 in singles. This time around, he'll also have the Midwest factor in his favor, playing just four hours from where he grew up (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and within four hours from where he attended college (Drake University). Johnson's main asset is his short game as he ended the 2015-16 season ranked 17th in strokes gained around-the-green and 25th in strokes gained putting. He was also 36th in fairway proximity but just 155th in proximity from the rough, so picking the right playing partner in foursomes will be crucial this week.
Sep 26 - 4:41 PM

J.B. Holmes turns his attention toward Hazeltine National Golf Club in preparation of the 41st Ryder Cup.

The Kentucky native will be playing in his second Ryder Cup, but won't have home state advantage on his side this time, playing at Hazeltine instead of Valhalla Golf Club this time around. During that 2008 Ryder Cup appearance, the bomber went 2-0-1 including a victory in Sunday singles against Soren Hansen. Holmes was one of four captain's picks from Davis Love III this year, and what he brings to the table is a winning pedigree. Playing in the Palmer Cup, Walker Cup, Presidents Cup, and Ryder Cup, his teams are a combined 4-0.
Sep 26 - 4:13 PM



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