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2010 Ryder Cup

T.J.'s Team USA Weekly Analysis: April 26-May 2

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
4,768.24900 1 1
T.J.'s Take: Often times, the golf media defends a disappointing return by a recent major champion as a "major hangover." No excuses were necessary for Phil Mickelson at Quail Hollow last week, where he played on Tour for the first time since his latest Masters win. Lefty fought through food poisoning early in the week and contended right on through until young Rory McIlroy blitzed the field on Sunday. With a 4-under 68 in the final round, highlighted by a birdie on the final hole, Mickelson finished alone in second to extend his lead in the latest standings and inched ever closer to the No. 1 ranking in the world. It could be argued that Mickelson is playing the best golf of his career right now. He's 39 years old and admits he's hitting his irons longer than he ever has - to the point where it's frustrating. In a post-round interview Sunday, Mickelson said he was perplexed because his irons were flying 10-15 yards longer than usual. If Lefty's that far off the mark yet still in the hunt, forget about it when he's dialed in. This could be a huge year for Mickelson.
 
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Anthony Kim
3,238.30900 2 2

T.J.'s Take: Seems like it's decision time for AK. Oh, what to do? Few in the world are playing better than Kim at the moment, but he's a wounded pup. Every swing is a painful one for Kim, who's playing through torn ligaments in his left thumb. He needs surgery. It's gotten to the point where Kim's thumb is so bothersome it's causing aches and pains on the right side of his body. Even still, Kim keeps racking up top 10s. A tie for seventh at Quail Hollow was his third top-10 in a row and his fourth in five starts. Once he gets surgery, Kim will have to miss a couple of months to recover. He does not want to miss the Ryder Cup, which means surgery will have to come soon. You almost get the feeling he's playing through the pain right now simply to try and rack up as many points as possible before he's on the shelf so to make the team outright and not leave a captain's decision on a healing player in Corey Pavin's hands.

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Jim Furyk
2,850.66400 3 3

T.J.'s Take: Solid performance after solid performance - that's just the name of the game for Furyk. In his first start since breaking a three-year victory drought at the Verizon Heritage, Furyk finished in a tie for seventh at Quail Hollow. However, that finish doesn't tell you precisely how remarkable his play actually was. Consider this - Furyk opened with a 3-over 75 and looked to be in danger of missing the cut. Instead, he soared up the leaderboard with an outstanding 7-under 65 on Friday and earned the tie for seventh with matching 71s on the weekend.

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Steve Stricker
2,416.80743 4 4

T.J.'s Take: Stricker missed the Quail Hollow Championship as he continues to nurse a chest injury. Unfortunately, the injury is also forcing Stricker to miss this week's Players Championship.

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Hunter Mahan
2,360.01000 5 5

T.J.'s Take: Mahan has been consistently good pretty much throughout the 2010 season thus far and that trend continued at Quail Hollow, where he finished in a tie for 17th. Mahan didn't do anything spectacular at Quail Hollow, but he didn't do anything that really hurt him either. He saved his best round - a 2-under 70 - for Sunday.

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Lucas Glover
2,190.80900 6 6

T.J.'s Take: The reigning U.S. Open champ has been making the cut often this season, but just hasn't managed to put together four solid rounds of golf. While his tie for 22nd at Quail Hollow proved to be one of Glover's better finishes of this season, he still had to wonder what could have been after backing up on moving day with a 2-over 74.

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Dustin Johnson
2,136.84500 7 7

T.J.'s Take: It was feast or famine for Johnson at Quail Hollow. It looked like the young, two-time Tour winner was on to something in North Carolina with a 7-under 65 on Friday, but then he turned in a dismal 5-over 77 on Sunday in a round that included bogeys on all of his first five holes and seven of his first eight. Johnson was out in 42 in the final round, but somehow managed to turn in a 1-under 35 on the back nine. So, yeah, that 77 is ugly, but when you take a look at the scorecard you can clearly see Johnson is not the kind of player who just packs it in when he's not playing his best.

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Stewart Cink
1,959.06700 8 8

T.J.'s Take: Cink maintained his No. 8 spot this week despite a missed cut with rounds of 72-75.

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Tiger Woods
1,946.16300 9 9

T.J.'s Take: Ugly does not even begin to describe the kind of tournament Tiger had at Quail Hollow. For just the sixth time in his illustrious career, Woods missed the cut. This one was a little different than those other ones though. Typically - which isn't really "typical" since it happens less often than Halley's Comet - Woods grinds right to the end and misses out close to the number. At Quail Hollow, however, he was all over the lot. A very un-Tiger-like performance led to rounds of 74-79. The expectations were high at Quail Hollow for his first non-major event since Thanksgiving seeing as after a five-month, self-imposed exile, Woods tied for fourth at the Masters. On his back nine Friday, Woods had the look of a defeated man. It's certainly not that he wasn't trying, it's just that he had to play out the last several holes knowing full well he had no chance of making the cut, which is a feeling Tiger Woods has never known. Clearly, Tiger has a lot going on in his personal life, which is no excuse. He'll be the first to admit he's brought all of the negative attention onto himself. Should he be back playing already? If Quail Hollow is a true indicator, then the answer is no. But, he's teeing it up at the Players this week at TPC Sawgrass. He's won there before, but it's no secret that he's not a huge fan of the course. We'll know soon how he bounces back from the worst missed cut of his career.

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Matt Kuchar
1,800.56300 10 10

T.J.'s Take: Missed the cut with rounds of 75-71.

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Ricky Barnes
1,552.17700 11 12

T.J.'s Take: It might seem as though Ricky Barnes has come from nowhere this past month with his consistent, solid results, but do you realize he's missed the cut just once in 12 starts this season? Quail Hollow led to another nice finish for Barnes - a tie for 22nd, which helped him jump up one position in this week's standings.

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Jason Bohn
1,547.32067 12 11

T.J.'s Take: After a win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Bohn missed the cut at Quail Hollow with rounds of 75-71 and dropped one spot in this week's standings.

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Nick Watney
1,522.24000 13 13

T.J.'s Take: At Quail Hollow, Watney went up one shot each round - 70-71-72-72 - to finish in a tie for 22nd to remain No. 13 in the standings.

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Bill Haas
1,483.58100 14 15

T.J.'s Take: A 4-over 76, which included three consecutive bogeys to close out the tournament, hampered what could have been a very special Quail Hollow Championship for the young Haas. Eventually, that score led to a tie for 29th. While he'd surely like to have that final round back, Haas still did enough to jump one spot in this week's standings.

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Ben Crane
1,445.38869 15 14

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

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J.B. Holmes
1,336.2550 16 16

T.J.'s Take: An 8-over 79 in the first round at Quail Hollow did Holmes in. He bounced back with a lovely 4-under 68, but it wasn't enough to make the cut. He maintained his No. 16 spot this week.

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Rickie Fowler
1,309.90100 17 N/A

T.J.'s Take: Rickie Fowler. There's nothing not to like about Fowler - unless you're not a fan of the color orange. He's young and he's got the complete package. In the final round at Quail Hollow, Fowler fired a 5-under 67 to climb 20 spots up the leaderboard and finish alone in sixth. With that, he also regained a spot in the top 20 of this week's standings.

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Steve Marino
1,206.97300 18 20

T.J.'s Take: With bogeys on his final two holes Sunday - a common theme at Quail Hollow, which boasts arguably the most difficult closing three-hole stretch, the Green Mile, in golf - Marino closed out with an even-par 72 to finish alone in 16th. It was a solid effort and allowed him to climb two spots in the standings.

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Kenny Perry
1,184.81398 19 17

T.J.'s Take: Perry got off to a promising start at Quail Hollow with a 6-under 66. The second round, however, wasn't so hot. The Kentuckian struggled to an 8-over 79. Even still, he made the cut and wound up in a tie for 57th. He dropped two spots in this week's standings.

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Ryan Palmer
1,162.20200 20 18

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

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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