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2010 Ryder Cup

T.J.'s Team USA Weekly Analysis: June 23-29

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
5,726.48700 1 1
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.
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Jim Furyk
3,248.69800 2 2

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

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Anthony Kim
3,062.34500 3 3

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

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Lucas Glover
2,892.29000 4 4

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

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Dustin Johnson
2,760.45800 5 5
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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Matt Kuchar
2,629.21000 6 6
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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Tiger Woods
2,627.70100 7 7
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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Steve Stricker
2,572.58300 8 8

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

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Hunter Mahan
2,509.43300 9 9

T.J.'s Take: The slump continues for Mahan. Previously at the Travelers Championship, Mahan's line looked like this: a win, a tie for second and a tie for fourth. Not too shabby. This past weekend was nothing like that, however. Mahan went into Hartford with three consecutive missed cuts. On Friday, he extended that streak - the kind no player wants to extend. It's now been four missed cuts in a row for Mahan. In Connecticut he shot rounds of 71-72 to miss the cut by five shots. He needs to turn it around soon.

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Ben Crane
2,469.88900 10 10

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

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Ricky Barnes
2,445.26700 11 12

T.J.'s Take: Barnes has just been a top-10 machine in 2010 and that translated yet again last week with his tie for fifth in the Travelers Championship. For the second time this season, Barnes posted four consecutive rounds in the 60s and for the sixth time in 2010, he recorded a top-10 finish. With the solid play, Barnes moved up one position in this week's standings and surely has to be making an impression on captain Pavin with his consistency

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Stewart Cink
2,351.77100 12 11

T.J.'s Take: Cink slipped one spot to No. 12 this week with a tie for 47th at the Travelers Championship. The bummer was the fact that Cink's 2-over 72 in the final round caused him to drop 22 spots on Sunday. If there's one big positive Cink can take away from his week in New England, it's the fact that his 5-under 65 in the second round equaled his lowest score of the season.

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Bubba Watson
2,202.31900 13 N/A

T.J.'s Take: With a long overdue victory at the Travelers Championship, Watson is the PGA Tour's newest first-time winner and has vaulted into U.S. Ryder Cup discussion. It was nearly the win that wasn't for Watson, who rallied from six shots behind in the final round and fought through a three-way, two-hole playoff for the victory. In prime position to win the tournament in regulation, Watson took a stinging double-bogey 6 on the par-4 17th hole. Resilient as ever, Watson bounced back with a birdie on the last hole to earn a spot in the playoff. No. 18 was the first hole of the playoff and Watson nearly ended the proceedings right there with a hole-out for eagle with scared the cup and settled just inches away. Watson was very emotional after the win and deservedly so.

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Rickie Fowler
2,083.69100 14 14
T.J.'s Take: Considering the fact that he put himself behind the eight ball early with an opening-round of 1-over 71 at the Travelers Championship, Fowler should leave Hartford thrilled about his performance, which turned out to be a tie for 13th. Fowler had a 65 in the second round and closed things out with a 66 on Sunday to maintain the No. 14 position in this weeks standings.

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Zach Johnson
2,049.87600 15 13
T.J.'s Take: Did not play and dropped two spots.

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Bo Van Pelt
1,972.28600 16 16
T.J.'s Take: The Travelers Championship wasn't anything special for Van Pelt, who has been white-hot on Tour lately, but a tie for 34th allowed him to keep a lock on the No. 16 spot this week. It was also his eighth consecutive cut made.
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Jeff Overton
1,957.36900 17 15
T.J.'s Take: With rounds of 67-72, Overton missed the cut at the Travelers Championship by one shot and dropped two spots in this week's standings.
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Jason Bohn
1,727.25500 18 19
T.J.'s Take: Bohn moved up one spot this week to No. 18 with a tie for 21st at the Travelers Championship, firing all four rounds in the 60s with only six bogeys in 72 holes.

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Nick Watney
1,725.54600 19 17

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

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J.B. Holmes
1,705.33100 20 18

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

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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