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2010 Ryder Cup

T.J.'s Team USA Weekly Analysis: July 14-20

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
5,768.74900 1 1
T.J.'s Take: Lefty still can't seem to put his finger on success at the Open Championship. By far his worst major to compete in, Mickelson tied for 48th at St. Andrews. His final nine holes weren't much fun Sunday, as he turned in a 6-over 41 for a final-round 3-over 75, his worst score of the week.
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Steve Stricker
3,402.67600 2 2

T.J.'s Take: One week after winning the John Deere Classic, Stricker tied for 55th at the Open Championship. Certainly not his best showing, but a little letdown is typical, if not expected, the week after a win. Even still, Stricker has become the type of player who you expect to contend in majors.

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Jim Furyk
3,280.08500 3 2

T.J.'s Take: With rounds of 77-73, Furyk missed the cut at St. Andrews. Furyk has always been known for his consistency and he rarely misses a cut. The MC at St. Andrews marked Furyk's third missed cut this season and second in a major (he also missed at the Masters with rounds of 80-76). The only other times in his career that Furyk has missed the cut in more than one major were 2002 and 2004. Does this make 2010 a disappointment? No way. He's got multiple wins for the first time since 2006.

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Anthony Kim
3,062.34500 4 4

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

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Lucas Glover
2,980.87400 5 5

T.J.'s Take: Glover was in line for a solid Open Championship finish, but was left to settle for a T48 after a disappointing 4-over 76 in the final round.

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Dustin Johnson
2,936.13800 6 6

T.J.'s Take: We all wondered how Johnson would bounce back in his first major since that heart-breaking final round of the U.S. Open. Now we have the answer: not bad at all. Johnson tied for 14th at St. Andrews, which was his best finish in an Open Championship.

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Tiger Woods
2,773.30500 7 7
T.J.'s Take: This was supposed to be the week Tiger gave everyone something other than his personal life to talk about. Instead, the headline was his inability to make putts with a new Nike putter before switching back to his trusty Scotty Cameron putter in the final round. Tiger was in the mix at St. Andrews after the first round, and drove the ball exceptionally well. But, the putts wouldn't fall. In the end, he left Scotland with a tie for 23rd.

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Matt Kuchar
2,725.20900 8 8

T.J.'s Take: Kuchar saved his best for last, firing a 2-under 69 at St. Andrews on Sunday, thanks to a terrific eagle on the 72nd hole to finish in a tie for 27th. Nice work by Kuchar, who entered in the final round tied for 52nd.

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Jeff Overton
2,629.84800 9 12
T.J.'s Take: You really can't say enough about the 27-year-old Overton. A win can't be that far away. The Open Championship was Overton's first major start of the season and he parlayed it into a tie for 11th - his best performance in a major. Overton battled the elements to play his final 54 holes in an impressive 6 under. His result at the Open equaled Overton's seventh top-15 finish of 2010. This week he jumped three spots in the standings and into the top 10.

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Ricky Barnes
2,579.30100 10 9
T.J.'s Take: In the past two years, Barnes has established himself as a player to watch in the majors. That was certainly the case over the weekend at St. Andrews, as he entered the final round in a tie for eighth. However, his chances at a top-5 finish were derailed with a 5-over 77 on Sunday in a round that included two double bogeys on the back nine. Barnes tied for 44th and dropped one spot this week.
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Hunter Mahan
2,577.01700 11 10

T.J.'s Take: Mahan's tie for 37th at St. Andrews wasn't exactly dazzling, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. The recently engaged Mahan snapped a four-tournament missed-cut streak with his Open Championship performance. Hopefully he's found something and is beginning to figure his swing out. He proved himself a huge asset to the U.S. side at Valhalla in 2008. He dropped one spot this week.

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Ben Crane
2,486.46900 12 11

T.J.'s Take: It was a quick trip over the pond for Crane. With rounds of 72-76, he missed the cut and dropped one spot in the standings.

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Stewart Cink
2,394.03300 13 13

T.J.'s Take: The defending Open Champion tied for 48th at St. Andrews, a finish that was consistent with his last three starts. Cink did say, however, that he felt he hit the ball the best he has all year last week and just couldn't buy a putt. With the Bridgestone Invitational around the corner at Firestone, we'll see where Cink really stands with his game - he has a great track record in Akron.

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Nick Watney
2,297.97400 14 20
T.J.'s Take: Watney jumped six spots in the standings this week with a tie for seventh at St. Andrews. That, along with Watney's seventh-place finish at the Masters, means he's enjoying his most successful major season yet.

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Rickie Fowler
2,259.37000 15 17
T.J.'s Take: Kudos to the young Fowler who jumped two spots this week. It looked as though his long trek to St. Andrews for his first Open Championship would be short-lived after a 7-over 79 in the first round. Instead, Fowler fought back like a feisty veteran and would not be denied a weekend tee time, firing a 5-under 67 in the second round to make the cut on the number. From there, he enjoyed an outstanding weekend with scores of 71-67 to finish in a tie for 14th.

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Bubba Watson
2,202.31900 16 14

T.J.'s Take: Watson missed the cut with rounds of 74-73 and dropped two spots this week.

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Bo Van Pelt
2,156.33400 17 15

T.J.'s Take: After a torrid stretch of golf since the middle of April, Van Pelt might finally be cooling off just a tad with a tie for 44th at the Open. He dropped two spots in this week's standings.

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J.B. Holmes
2,129.01000 18 19
T.J.'s Take: Holmes picked up his best finish in a major with a tie for 14th at St. Andrews. Impressively, he didn't shoot a single over-par round all week. With the effort, Holmes moved up one spot this week.

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Sean O'Hair
2,122.57400 19 N/A
T.J.'s Take: O'Hair broke into this week's top-20 thanks to a tie for seventh at St. Andrews, which is his best finish in a major. O'Hair has not finished outside of the top 12 in five of his last six starts.

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Zach Johnson
2,118.39700 20 16
T.J.'s Take: Johnson tied for 76th at St. Andrews and dropped four spots in the week's 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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Phil Mickelson
5,726.48700 1 1


T.J.'s Take: Lefty did not play in the John Deere Classic, opting instead for his usual week-before-the-British Open tune-up at Loch Lomond and the Scottish Open. With rounds of 71-74, Mickelson missed the cut. And, since it's a European Tour event, regardless of Mickelson's performance, he would not have been eligible for U.S. Ryder Cup points.
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Steve Stricker
3,364.58300 2 8

T.J.'s Take: We've got a new No. 2. Jumping six spots in this week's U.S. standings is Steve Stricker thanks to his second victory of the season and his second in as many years at the John Deere Classic. With the Greater Milwaukee Open no longer being played - and even when it was in recent years it was opposite the British Open - the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., is as close to a home game as Wisconsin native Stricker gets. To win once at "home" is remarkable. To win twice must have him over the moon. At 26-under par for the week, Stricker was six shots better in his 2010 victory than he was in 2009. That's almost unheard of. Also unheard of was the fact that Ryder Cup assistant captain Paul Goydos fired what was just the fourth 59 in PGA Tour history during last Thursday's opening round. That was only good enough for a one-shot lead over Stricker, who countered with a 60 later in the day. Great win for Stricks. Here's to hoping he snags that elusive major in the near future, if not this week. It's the only thing missing from his rejuvenated career.

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Jim Furyk
3,280.08500 3 2

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

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Anthony Kim
3,062.34500 3 3


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

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Lucas Glover
2,938.61200 5 4


T.J.'s Take: Glover headed overseas for the Scottish Open and missed the cut with rounds of 73-73. He dropped one spot in the latest standings.

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Dustin Johnson
2,760.45800 6 5


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

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Tiger Woods
2,644.28200 7 6
T.J.'s Take: Did not play and dropped one spot.
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Matt Kuchar
2,629.21000 8 7
T.J.'s Take: Did not play and dropped one spot.
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Ricky Barnes
2,526.69300 9 9
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.
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Hunter Mahan
2,509.43300 10 10


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

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Ben Crane
2,486.46900 11 11


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

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Jeff Overton
2,378.96900 12 12
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.
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Stewart Cink
2,351.77100 13 13


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

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Bubba Watson
2,202.31900 14 14


T.J.'s Take: With rounds of 67-72, Watson missed the cut on the number (3 under). He's probably still riding high after his maiden Tour win at the Travelers Championship.

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Bo Van Pelt
2,103.72600 15 15


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

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Zach Johnson
2,086.29500 16 17
T.J.'s Take: Johnson moved up one spot in the latest standings thanks to his tie for 21st in the John Deere Classic. Zach fired all four rounds in the 60s at his home tournament, one he often refers to as his, "fifth major." The finish would have been even better were it not for a trunk-slamming double-bogey on the 72nd hole.

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Rickie Fowler
2,083.69100 17 16


T.J.'s Take: Fowler shot matching rounds of 70 to miss the cut for the second straight week. He did, however, receive good news at the start of the week when he earned a spot in the field at the British Open because of his world ranking number. He dropped one spot in this week's standings.

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Ryan Moore
2,017.19500 18 18
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.
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J.B. Holmes
1,953.33100 19 19
T.J.'s Take:
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