Martin Kaymer makes preparations at Gleneagles this week as he represents Europe in his third Ryder Cup appearance.
The German has been a journeyman in past Ryder Cup's, failing to secure a long-term playing partner. He went 1-0-1 with Lee Westwood by his side in 2010, but hasn't returned to that partnership since. Kaymer's Ryder Cup record sits at 3-2-1 for his career. The German has proven to relish the big stage, and should be an asset to any pairing he finds himself a part of this week.
Jim Furyk looks to right the Ryder Cup ship this week at Gleneagles in the 40th edition of the Ryder Cup.
Furyk is too good to be the owner of his current 9-17-4 Ryder Cup record. Given his season form, it would be tough to sit him in any session, until you remember he sports a 1-8-1 in four-ball matches. After posting top 15s in 14-of-21 events this year, we could see Furyk throw the Ryder Cup history books to the side and run the table this week. On the flip side, history often repeats itself.
Rory McIlroy will have a crack at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles this week at the 40th Ryder Cup.
McIlroy will be making his third straight Ryder Cup appearance, with a 4-3-2 record currently on his resume. There has been a lot of hubbub about the relationship with his usual playing partner, McDowell, due to management legal issues. Whether that is a real concern or not, McIlroy may find himself with a new partner-in-crime this week as the McIlroy/G-Mac duo has posted a disappointing 2-3-0 in the past. Regardless of his playing partner, McIlroy will be tough to beat this week.
Jimmy Walker takes notes on Gleneagles this week as he prepares for his Ryder Cup debut.
Walker enjoyed a breakout season in 2013-14, so it's no surprise that he's making his first Ryder Cup appearance for Team USA. He's been one of the most consistent golfers all year, posting top 25s in 19-of-27 events. However, his team game is unproven. Walker will be a wild card this week, that could make or break the American squad.
Stephen Gallacher will attempt to please the home crowd at Gleneagles this week at the 40th Ryder Cup.
The Scot will certainly have the crowd on his side, but he still has to go out and play good golf to earn his points. Unfortunately, there are no free points awarded for being a native. His latest team appearance came at the EurAsia Cup, where he posted a pedestrian 1-1-1 record on the week. In his last five global events, Gallacher has posted two top 10s but also missed three cuts. This five-tournament array lays out the wide range of outcomes that we could see this week, very boom-or-bust.
Hunter Mahan has played in two Ryder Cup events and finds himself at Gleneagles this week for a third U.S. team appearance.
Mahan played himself into a Captain's pick with two top 15s followed by a win at The Barclays, then his form came to a screeching halt as he went through the motions in the final three tournaments of the season. He enters the week with a 3-2-3 career Ryder Cup record, including a 2-0-3 trip back in 2008. Mahan could be a sneaky singles star, as he's already defeated four elite members of the European team over the course of his career (Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose). Albeit, three of the four victories were at Dove Mountain.
Keegan Bradley went 3-1-0 in his 2012 Ryder Cup debut and returns this week at Gleneagles looking to add to his resume.
Paired with Mickelson at Medinah, the duo went wild in the last Ryder Cup, winning all three matches together. Bradley went on to lose 2 & 1 to Rory McIlroy in his singles match, but it was an impressive debut, nonetheless. As one of only two Americans who scouted Gleneagles in July, Bradley has been foaming at the mouth for this opportunity, and should be a strong contender this week.
Justin Rose finished in a share of fifth place at Gleneagles in the 2008 Johnnie Walker Championship and returns this week representing Europe at the 40th Ryder Cup.
In addition to his past success at the venue, Rose also enters the week with a fantastic 6-3-0 career Ryder Cup record. That includes a 3-1-0 foursomes record and a perfect 2-0-0 in singles. His form is nothing to sneeze at, either, with top-4 finishes in four of his last eight events worldwide, including a pair of victories. All signs point to Rose being a tough out this week at Gleneagles.