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2010 Ryder Cup

T.J.'s Team USA Weekly Analysis: June 2-8

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
5,120.24900 1 1
T.J.'s Take: Looks like Lefty is right back on track. After failing to make the cut in the Colonial two weeks ago - Mickelson's first missed cut of the season - he finished in a tie for fifth at the Memorial. Mickelson shot a 3-under 69 in the final round on Sunday despite a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 15th hole. With the top-5 finish and the points he picked up for his efforts, Mickelson is now nearly 2,000 points ahead of No. 2 Anthony Kim in the latest standings.
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Anthony Kim
3,062.34500 2 2

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

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Jim Furyk
3,031.78200 3 3

T.J.'s Take: Because of the dreadful weather, which included six delays for the week, the lift, clean and place rule was in effect at the Memorial, which typically sets the tone for a scorer's paradise. Furyk earned a tie for 10th, but only because he wasn't able to get much done in the way of scoring on the weekend. Following rounds of 68-67 in the first two rounds, Furyk was only able to manage matching even-par 72s on the weekend.

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Lucas Glover
2,855.55400 4 4

T.J.'s Take: As we've written in this space before, the 2010 season has been feast or famine for Glover. That trend continued at the Memorial, but unfortunately for the former Clemson standout, this time it was of the famine variety. Glover missed the cut with rounds of 76-74.

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Steve Stricker
2,535.84700 5 6

T.J.'s Take: Looks like it's safe to say that Stricker is fully recovered from the injury/discomfort that forced him to take some time off recently. At least that's what it seems like based on his results. In just his second tournament since the Masters, Stricker tied for 17th at the Memorial to keep his streak of no missed cuts in 2010 alive. Furthermore, Stricker was resilient on the weekend. He shot a pair of 1-under 71s in the final two rounds. Each of those rounds included four birdies to cancel out three bogeys. Thanks to his play, Stricker moves up one spot this week and into the top 5.

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Hunter Mahan
2,509.43300 6 5

T.J.'s Take: Mahan seems to be in a bit of a slump lately. His last three tournaments look like this: a tie for 50th at the HP Byron Nelson Championship; a missed cut at Colonial (although he did shoot a 67 in the second round there); and a missed cut last week at Memorial with rounds of 75-72. Furthermore, Mahan - who is typically a birdie-making machine - has only four rounds in the 60s in 26 competitive rounds dating all the way back to the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He drops one spot this week.

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Dustin Johnson
2,405.3900 7 7

T.J.'s Take: Johnson has been a consistently solid performer throughout the season and that's evident when you take a look at his results: just two missed cuts in 14 starts. His tie for 33rd at the Memorial wasn't his greatest finish this season, but it was far from his worst. Bottom line here is that Johnson just keeps making cuts and racking up Ryder Cup points.

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Ben Crane
2,352.28900 8 8
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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Stewart Cink
2,266.18700 9 9

T.J.'s Take: The reigning Open Champion has spent much of the year trying to find something in his game that would translate to consistency. He might be on to something now. A tie for eighth at the Memorial equaled Cink's third consecutive top-25 finish and he seems to be coming into form at just the right time, as the meat of the major championship schedule lies ahead.

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Matt Kuchar
2,172.70000 10 10

T.J.'s Take: Here we go again. Remember last week when it seemed pretty much everyone in the top 20 played well and either stayed where they were, or even backed up in the standings? It's happening to Kuchar this week. The Georgia Tech product fired four straight rounds under par at the Memorial to finish in a tie for 10th. It was his fifth top-10 finish of 2010 and he continues to hold the No. 10 spot in this week's standings.

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Ricky Barnes
2,100.12700 11 14

T.J.'s Take: Say this about Ricky Barnes - he's a player who's really coming into his own on the PGA Tour even if it is a lot later than many thought for the former U.S. Amateur who seemed to ooze promise. Barnes moves up three positions this week after a tie for third at the Memorial. The final round wasn't pretty. He shot a 1-over 73, which included two heartbreaking double bogeys. But, give the guy credit. He finished his final five holes in 2 under thanks to an eagle on the par-5 15th hole. The tie for third was his best finish this season. What's that old saying? "If you put yourself in position to win enough times, eventually you're going to win." Pretty much sums up Ricky Barnes.

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Tiger Woods
2,021.46300 12 11

T.J.'s Take: In his only other complete tournament this season since a tie for fourth at the Masters, Tiger tied for 19th at the Memorial, where he was the defending champ and a four-time winner. Woods is still trying to piece together things both on and off the course. Fact remains, however, no matter how mediocre he's been on the course it would surprise no one to see him turn it around and win in his next start… which in this case happens to be the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach - otherwise known as the venue where he won the 2000 U.S. Open by an incredible, record 15 shots. Woods dropped one spot in this week's standings.

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Rickie Fowler
1,983.94100 13 21

T.J.'s Take: Through 11 holes in the final round of the Memorial on Sunday, the 21-year-old Fowler looked poised to become the youngest winner of the Memorial since Tiger Woods turned the trick in 1999. Then came the par-3 12th hole. After a long wait on the tee, Fowler proceeded to push his tee shot into the water. After a drop, a wedge and two putts, he walked off the green with a round-shattering double bogey. Don't worry about Fowler, though. He's going to have himself in contention for weeks, months and years to come. Chalk up Sunday's final-round, 1-over 73 as a small learning experience on what looks to be a career we'll be telling our grandkids about. Fowler finished alone in second and made the biggest move this week, jumping eight spots.

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Jeff Overton
1,957.36900 14 13
T.J.'s Take: Another week and another solid effort turned in by Overton. With a tie for 12th at the Memorial, Overton managed to pick up his sixth top-25 finish of the season. Even still, he slid one spot in the latest standings.

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Zach Johnson
1,906.23000 15 12
T.J.'s Take: Likely still riding high after his win at the Colonial a week earlier, Johnson finished in a tie for 47th at the Memorial after a rough weekend with rounds of 73-74. As a result, he falls three positions this week to No. 15.

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Bo Van Pelt
1,873.81700 16 19
T.J.'s Take: Man on fire. In his last six starts, Van Pelt has just one finish outside of the top 10. With momentum rolling strong, Van Pelt picked up a tie for third at the Memorial to move up three spots in the latest standings.

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Nick Watney
1,698.33000 17 15

T.J.'s Take: It was an ugly Memorial for the otherwise consistent Watney. In just his second missed cut of the season, Watney shot rounds of 74-82. The 82 in the second round included three birdies, six bogeys, a triple bogey and a quadruple bogey. Chalk it up to a bad week and cut the guy some slack. He slips two spots this week.

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J.B. Holmes
1,692.95500 18 17

T.J.'s Take: Holmes was steady at the Memorial and that resulted in a tie for 28th. Nothing spectacular and no round killers. He dropped one position in this week's standings.

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Jason Bohn
1,667.25500 19 16
T.J.'s Take: With rounds of 74-78, Bohn missed the cut for the fifth time this season and dropped three spots in the latest standings.
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Bill Haas
1,643.07000 20 18

T.J.'s Take: Haas had bookend rounds of 1-over 73 to finish in a tie for 41st at the Memorial to drop two spots this week.

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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