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2010 Ryder Cup

T.J.'s Team USA Weekly Analysis: April 12-18

The 38th Ryder Cup will be held Oct. 1-3, 2010, at The Celtic Manor Resort in City of Newport, Wales. Each week leading up to the matches, PGA.com Interactive Producer T.J. Auclair will provide analysis of the top 20 U.S. players in the latest standings. Go to the bottom of the page to learn how the U.S. Ryder Cup team is determined.

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Phil Mickelson
4,066.24900 1 1
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.
 
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Anthony Kim
3,062.34500 2 2

T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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Jim Furyk
2,674.70000 3 10

T.J.'s Take: In this very space last week, we chalked Furyk's missed cut at the Masters up to the fact that he was due for an off-week because, until that point, he hadn’t missed a cut since the 2009 Verizon Heritage. Naturally, that meant he was due for a big week in Hilton Head. So he went out and won the thing at Harbour Town, the ultimate shot-maker's course; no big deal. Thanks to the win, Furyk soars seven spots in this week's standings. This guy is one of the most consistent players on Tour. It was shocking that up until the Transitions Championship last month, Furyk hadn't won on Tour in nearly three years. The guy is always right there. Furyk’s got it figured out now with two wins in four starts. And I don't think he's done yet.

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Steve Stricker
2,416.80743 4 3

T.J.'s Take: Did not play and dropped one spot.

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Hunter Mahan
2,269.00967 5 4

T.J.'s Take: Did not play and dropped on spot.

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Lucas Glover
2,132.21600 6 5

T.J.'s Take: When he's made the cut in 2010 – seven times in 10 starts – the reigning U.S. Open champion has had a difficult time putting four solid rounds together. At the Verizon Heritage, he wasn’t able to get four rounds in. Glover followed up a tidy, 2-under 69 in the first round with a frustrating 6-over 77 in the second round to miss the cut. Most of the damage in that second round was due to a quadruple-bogey 7 on Harbour Town's par-3, fourth hole – Glover’s 13th hole of the day.

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Dustin Johnson
2,098.13434 7 6

T.J.'s Take: Did not play and dropped on spot.

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Stewart Cink
1,959.06700 8 8

T.J.'s Take: Two of Cink's six PGA Tour wins have come at Harbour Town. Because of that, you expect the defending Open Champion to play well at Hilton Head. No surprise that Cink turned in one of his better performances of the season with a tie for 14th in the Verizon Heritage. It could have been a lot better, however, were it not for a double-bogey 6 on the final hole of the tournament. Even so, Cink did just enough to maintain his No. 8 position this week.

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Tiger Woods
1,946.16300 9 7

T.J.'s Take: Did not play and dropped two spots.

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Matt Kuchar
1,800.56300 10 9

T.J.'s Take: Despite a tie for 14th in the Verizon Heritage, Kuchar dropped one spot in the standings. It's not his fault – Furyk's win catapulted him over Kuchar. Kuchar is playing some nice golf this season and that was punctuated by a 3-under 68 on Sunday. A round in the 60s in the final round of any tournament is always a great way to close it out on a high note.

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Ricky Barnes
1,493.58400 11 15

T.J.'s Take: Attention: Captain Pavin – you might want to start thinking about how to incorporate some engineer hats into the Team USA wardrobe for Wales. Man, how about Ricky Barnes, folks? Just one missed cut in 11 starts this season and he follows up a tie for fifth at the Masters with a tie for fifth at the Verizon Heritage to move up four spots in the standings this week and 13 spots in the last two weeks. This guy might not have the prettiest looking swing in the history of the Tour, but it sure is yielding results lately.

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Nick Watney
1,463.64775 12 11

T.J.'s Take: Did not play and dropped one spot.

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Ben Crane
1,445.38869 13 12

T.J.'s Take: Did not play and dropped one spot.

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Bill Haas
1,444.8700 14 13

T.J.'s Take: A bumpy second round of 4-over 75 at the Verizon Heritage might have annoyed Haas last week, but other than that, he played solid golf with three other rounds under par and an eventual tie for 41st. It wasn't his best performance of the season, but Haas can take solace in his consistency. He's down one spot this week.

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J.B. Holmes.
1,336.2550 15 14

T.J.'s Take: A tie for 47th at Harbour Town made for J.B.'s second-worst showing in 2010. But, he still cashed a check and still picked up precious Ryder Cup points. Most impressive, Holmes has yet to miss a cut this season.

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Kenny Perry
1,184.81398 16 16

T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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Ryan Palmer
1,162.20200 17 17

T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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David Duval
1,137.25000 18 18

T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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Steve Marino
1,096.47300 19 19

T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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Rickie Fowler
1,075.90125 20 N/A

T.J.'s Take: This could get very exciting for the game of golf. The 21-year-old sneaks into this week's top 20 after a tie for eighth at the Verizon Heritage, which was one of his best finishes of the season. Imagine if Fowler made this U.S. team along with the other young blood veterans like Mahan, Kim and Holmes? Then you've got those other young guns in Watney, Dustin Johnson, Barnes and Bill Haas fighting for a first Ryder Cup berth. If all this tells you nothing else, it should tell you the U.S. is in good hands for international competitions for years to come.

Team USA Qualifying Process

The United States points system will determine the top eight players for the 2010 United States Ryder Cup Team on August 15. In addition, Captain Corey Pavin selects four players on Sept. 7, 2010, to complete the United States Team. Points are based upon the following:

-- Prize money earned in the 2009 major championships (Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship): One point is awarded for every $1,000 earned; all U.S. players making the cut will earn points.

-- Prize money earned in 2010 "Official" events from Jan. 1 through Aug. 15: One point is awarded for every $1,000 earned, excluding the major championships, events played opposite major championships and events played opposite World Golf Championships; all U.S. players making the cut will earn points.

-- Prize money earned for the 2010 major championships: (Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and the PGA Championship). Two points are awarded for every $1,000 earned; all U.S. players making the cut will earn points.

Prize money earned in 2010 events played opposite the major championships and opposite World Golf Championships events between Jan. 1 and the PGA Championship, Aug. 15 -- one-half point will be awarded for every $1,000 earned; all U.S. players making the cut will earn points.


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