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Boo Weekley is tied with Ben Curtis for the most popular pick.(Halleran/Getty Images)

Expert Picks: U.S. Man of Match

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The PGATOUR.COM experts take their stab at picking twho will end the weekend as the shining star for the U.S. in the 37th Ryder Cup.


T.J. Auclair
PGATOUR.COM Interactive Producer
Pick: Ben Curtis
He might be the most unassuming player on the U.S. team, but he's proven time and again that no pressure is too intense for him -- see the two top-seven finishes this year at the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. Based on his poise and talent, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see Curtis wind up as one of the top point-getters for the U.S. at Valhalla.


Lauren Deason
PGATOUR.COM Editorial Coordinator
Pick: Boo Weekley
We haven't heard much out of Weekley lately, not since his win at the Verizon Heritage in late April. A few weeks after that win, while he was at THE PLAYERS Championship, Weekley was asked how he felt about possibly making the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He replied, "I don't follow that much on golf. So I couldn't tell you what the record is or how many times we've lost. But it would be nice to go play on it, you know, on the Ryder Cup...It ain't nothing that's really dramatic to me if I don't make it, because that just gives me another week to go play somewhere else or be at home fishing." And that explains it all -- Weekley won't succumb to the pressure like the other rookies might because, to him, this is just another week. Look for him to take his typically relaxed attitude to Valhalla and do well in the singles and four-ball competition.


Melanie Hauser
PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Pick: Undecided
Justin Leonard's playing great and he knows even if you're down, you're not out. Anthony Kim is fearless, which is exactly what the Europeans are and the Americans have to be. Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk with the right partners could be the difference.


Dave Lagarde
PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Pick: Justin Leonard
Apparently, I think the weekend will be defined by Justin's Time.


John Maginnes
PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Pick: J.B. Holmes
Holmes will be the surprise on the U.S. side -- partly because every player in the game wants to be able to play from where he drives the ball and now someone will be able to do just that. Imagine if Jim Furyk could drive the ball 330 in the air. In the Ryder Cup as Holmes' partner he can. Add the home-town edge to this combination and the table is set for Holmes to surprise.


Win McMurry
Host, PGA TOUR Today
Pick: J.B. Holmes
Remember the match at World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship between Tiger Woods and J.B. Holmes? Holmes, a 16th seed, was 3 up through 13 holes and beating Tiger, the No. 1 seed. Of course, Tiger was then able to win four consecutive holes to move to 1 up going to No. 18, where he ultimately defeated Holmes. But the young Kentucky bomber gave Tiger one of his greatest challenges that week, other than Aaron Baddeley who forced the match to go 20 holes. That aside, earlier this season Holmes won his second FBR Open with two consecutive birdies on the 18th hole. One to force the playoff against Phil Mickelson, and the other one to lift the trophy, and all that was after losing a four-stroke lead in the final round. He sure can put on a show.


Scott Pianowski
The Fantasy Insider
Pick: Ben Curtis
Curtis already has a major under his belt and he's been letter-perfect for about four months now. I don't see the rookie pressure getting to him.


Helen Ross
PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
Pick: Boo Weekley
I think Weekley will take everything in stride this week in Kentucky. He won't get too unnerved by the crowds and the hype, and one of the game's great ball-strikers will be an easy-going partner. Not to mention, he'll be entertaining.


Dave Shedloski
PGATOUR.COM Senior Correspondent
Pick: Boo Weekley
Weekley's shotmaking and congenial nature will go far with his teammates. Honorable mention goes to Ben Curtis, who will bring a quiet but highly competitive demeanor.


John Swantek
PGA TOUR Productions Fantasy Insider
Pick: Ben Curtis
Without much fanfare, no one has been steadier over the last two months, especially in the big events; tie for seventh at the Open Championship, runner-up at the PGA, tie for fourth to open the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup at The Barclays. His game is not exciting or dynamic, just efficient. The same can be said for his demeanor; he simply never gets rattled. You don't win major championships, as Ben has, by imploding under pressure. He will methodically plod along vs. an opponent until, next thing you know, he's 2 up with one to play. To Paul Azinger, a boring point is just as valuable as a dramatic point.