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Pavin reveals his hand for The Ryder Cup

US Captain Corey Pavin has picked Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler as his four wild cards.

Roddy Williams, European Tour Editorial Staff

Tiger Woods is back in America's side for their defence of The Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort on October 1-3.
 
The World Number One, needing a wild card for the first time after failing to win a tournament this season, was named by Captain Corey Pavin along with Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler.
 
They join the eight who had already qualified on points - Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan and cup newcomers Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Jeff Overton and Bubba Watson.
 
Woods, who missed the 2008 match in Louisville following knee surgery, returns for his sixth cap, but has only once been on a winning side - in Boston in 1999.
 
This year he finished fourth at The Masters Tournament in his first event back from four months out and repeated that at the US Open Championship, but has not had a top-ten finish since.
 
When Woods came 78th out of 80 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational a month ago he expressed doubts about whether he would be of any use to the side playing the way he was.
 
But since starting to work with Sean Foley at last month's US PGA Championship there has been a marked improvement.
 
And in his last appearance for the United States - last October's Presidents Cup - he achieved a maximum five points.
 
In 25 Ryder Cup games - no Captain has dared to leave him out of a single session yet - he was won ten, halved two and lost 13.
 
Stricker is expected to become his 12th partner. They had four wins out of four together in the Presidents Cup and were only once taken to the final green.
 
Johnson, Masters Tournament champion in 2007, finished third in the US PGA Championship last month and returns to the side after making his debut at The K Club in Ireland four years ago.
 
Cink receives a pick for the third time in four matches, but has not won a tournament since beating 59 year old Tom Watson in the play-off for The Open Championship last summer and has had only one top-ten finish in the last six months.
 
Fowler, at 21 the same age as Rory McIlroy, creates history by making it from the Walker Cup to The Ryder Cup in just one year.
 
He has not lifted a US PGA Tour title yet, but has had three second places and is already up to 33rd in the Official Golf World Rankings.
 

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