Ryder Cup 2010: Europe and USA player profiles

Profiles and records of the Europe and USA teams for the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Wales.
LUKE DONALD. 32. Hemel Hempstead, England. World ranking 8. Majors 0. Caps 2 (2004-06). Points 5.5. Record P7 W5 H1 L1. Foursomes P4 W4. Fourballs P1 H1. Singles P2 W1 L1
Missed 2008 match after wrist surgery. All his foursomes wins came with Sergio Garcia. World Cup and Walker Cup winner with Casey as his partner. Third at Wales Open in June. Second wild card.

ROSS FISHER. 29. Ascot, England. World ranking 28. Majors 0. Caps 0
Just missed out two years ago. Led all four majors last season and won Volvo World Match Play and Irish Open during qualifying. Semi-finalist in 2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play.

PETER HANSON. 32. Svedala, Sweden. World ranking 43. Majors 0. Caps 0
Burst into team after being given late invite to Czech Open and winning it. Did it with 18-foot putt for his third play-off win out of three and second this season.

PADRAIG HARRINGTON. 39. Dublin, Ireland. World ranking 20. Majors 3 (Open 2007-08, US PGA 2008). Caps 5 (1999-02-04-06-08). Points 8.5. Record P21 W7 H3 L11. Foursomes P9 W2 H3 L4. Fourballs P7 W2 L5. Singles P5 W3 L2.
First European to win back-to-back Opens since 1906 and first to win USPGA for 78 years. Given wild card ahead of Paul Casey and Justin Rose despite no cup wins in his last nine games.

MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ. 46. Malaga, Spain. World ranking 27. Majors 0. Caps 3 (1999-04-08). Points 3.5. Record P12 W2 H3 L7. Foursomes P5 H2 L3. Fourballs P4 W2 H1 L1. Singles P3 L3
Assistant to Seve Ballesteros in 1997 who has had 11 wins since he turned 40, three of them this year. He alone maintains the Spanish record of at least one player in every European side since 1979.

MARTIN KAYMER. 25. Dusseldorf, Germany. World ranking 6. Majors 1 (US PGA 2010). Caps 0
Golf’s newest major champion after play-off win over Bubba Watson. Almost made 2008 side and went to the match to sample atmosphere. Broke three toes go-karting last August.

GRAEME McDOWELL. 31. Portrush, Northern Ireland. World ranking 14. Majors 1 (US Open 2010). Caps 1 (2008). Points 2.5 Record P4 W2 H1 L1. Foursomes P1 H1. Fourballs P2 W1 L1. Singles P1 W1
Ended 40-year wait for a European winner of US Open. Stunning Pebble Beach victory came two weeks after Wales Open win at Celtic Manor with 64-63 finish. Debut singles win over Stewart Cink.

RORY McILROY. 21. Holywood, Northern Ireland. World ranking 7. Majors 0. Caps 0.
Boy wonder of European golf. Has finished third in the last two majors and three of the last five. Won in America with closing 62 and began Open with 63. Debut comes three years after turning pro.

EDOARDO MOLINARI. 29. Turin, Italy. World ranking 15. Majors 0. Caps 0.
Wild card pick means he and Francesco will become first brothers to play since Bernard and Geoff Hunt in 1963. Won Scottish Open and then grabbed Johnnie Walker title in final qualifying week.

FRANCESCO MOLINARI. 27. Turin, Italy. World ranking 36. Majors 0. Caps 0.
Younger of the two brothers who won the World Cup together last November. Eleven top-10s during qualifying, including two second places, and led USPGA first round. Only win was 2006 in Italy.

IAN POULTER. 34. Hitchin, England. World ranking 12. Majors 0. Caps 2 (2004-08). Points 5. Record P7 W5 L2. Foursomes P2 W1 L1. Fourballs P3 W2 L1. Singles P2 W2
Controversial wild card pick last time and top-scored with four points out of five. Current WGC-Accenture Match Play champion, beating Paul Casey in February’s final. Open runner-up in 2008.

LEE WESTWOOD. 37. Worksop, England. World ranking 3. Majors 0. Caps 6 (1997-99-02-04-06-08). Points 16.5. Record P29 W14 H5 L10. Foursomes P11 W6 H3 L2. Fourballs P12 W6 H2 L4. Singles P6 W2 L4
Runner-up in Masters and Open and leading qualifier, but out of action since August 6 with torn calf muscle. Equalled cup record with 11-game unbeaten run before losing second fourball last time.


STEWART CINK. 37. Huntsville, Alabama. World ranking 35. Majors 1 (Open 2009). Caps 4 (2002-04-06-08). Points 5. Record P15 W3 H4 L8. Foursomes P7 W1 H1 L5. Fourballs P4 W1 H3. Singles P4 W1 L3
Beat 59-year-old Tom Watson in a play-off at Turnberry, but no top-10 finishes in the five majors since and with no more Tour wins either needed wild card for third time in four matches.

RICKIE FOWLER. 21. Anaheim, California. World ranking 33. Majors 0. Caps 0.
First player ever to go from Walker Cup one year to Ryder Cup the next. Also played 2005 Walker Cup with Dustin Johnson against Rory McIlroy. Given wild card after three runners-up finishes.

JIM FURYK. 40. West Chester, Pennsylvania. World ranking 5. Majors 1 (US Open 2003). Caps 6 (1997-99-2002-04-06-08). Points 9.5. Record P24 W8 H3 L13. Foursomes P9 W3 H1 L5. Fourballs P9 W1 H1 L7. Singles P6 W4 H1 L1
Made match-winning point last time after being on receiving end of Paul McGinley clinching victory in 2002. Only one singles loss, but only one fourball win – with Tiger Woods in 2006.

DUSTIN JOHNSON. 26. Columbia, South Carolina. World ranking 24. Majors 0. Caps 0
Secured debut with fifth place at USPGA, although he might have won until handed two-shot penalty after he finished. Blew US Open in June with closing 82. Opposed Rory McIlroy in 2007 Walker Cup.

ZACH JOHNSON. 34. Iowa City, Iowa. World ranking 17. Majors 1 (2007). Caps 1 (2006). Points 1.5. Record P4 W1 H1 L2. Foursomes P2 H1 L1. Fourballs P1 W1. Singles P1 L1.
Third-place finish in USPGA not enough to earn automatic spot, but given wild card after five Tour titles since his Masters win. Lost emotional match to Darren Clarke in singles on debut.

MATT KUCHAR. 32. Winter Park, Florida. World ranking 11. Majors 0. Caps 0.
Former US amateur champion enjoying his best-ever season. Led the USPGA after first and second rounds and won the first of the FedEx Cup play-offs by beating Scot Martin Laird in sudden death.

HUNTER MAHAN. 28. Orange, California. World ranking 13. Majors 0. Caps 1 (2008). Points 3.5. Record P5 W2 H3. Foursomes P2 W1 H1. Fourballs P2 W1 H1. Singles P1 H1
Clinched spot with world championship win in second last week of qualifying. Unbeaten on debut two years ago, halving with Paul Casey in singles.

PHIL MICKELSON. Age 40. San Diego, California. World ranking 2. Majors 4 (Masters 2004-06-10, USPGA 2005). Caps 7 (1995-97-99-2002-04-06-08). Points 13. Record P30 W10 H6 L14. Foursomes P10 W2 H4 L4. Fourballs P13 W5 H2 L6. Singles P7 W3 L4
Four majors, but still no world number one spot yet. Has lost his last four singles and had two defeats with Tiger Woods as his partner in 2004. Eighth cap equals US record.

JEFF OVERTON. 27. Evansville, Indiana. World ranking 47. Majors: 0. Caps: 0.
First American to play in the match in modern times without winning a Tour title first. The 2005 Walker Cup match-winner has had three second places and two thirds since Masters in April.

STEVE STRICKER. 43. Edgerton, Wisconsin. World ranking 4. Majors 0. Caps 1 (2008). Points 0.5. Record P3 W0 H1 L2. Fourballs P2 H1 L1. Singles P1 L1
Did not make debut until 41 and only contribution to Valhalla win was second day half with Ben Curtis against Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey. Beaten by Ian Poulter in singles.

BUBBA WATSON. 31. Bagdad, Florida. World ranking 25. Majors 0. Caps 0
Big-hitting left-hander who leapt from 18th to third in the final week of qualifying, losing a play-off for the USPGA to Martin Kaymer. Won his first US Tour title earlier this season.

TIGER WOODS. 34. Cypress, California. World ranking 1. Majors 14 (Masters 1997-2001-02-05, US Open 2000-02-08, Open 2000-05-06, USPGA 1999-2000-2006-07). Caps 5 (1997-99-2002-04-06). Record P25 W10 H2 L13. Foursomes P10 W3 H1 L6. Fourballs P10 W4 L6. Singles P5 W3 H1 L1
Missed last match following knee surgery and team, of course, won without him. His only victory remains 1999 in Boston. Needed wild card for first time, but is still world number one – just. -telegraph