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2010 Ryder Cup

T.J.'s Team USA Weekly Analysis: July 21-27

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: Did not play.
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Steve Stricker
3,402.67600 2 2

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

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Jim Furyk
3,280.08500 3 2

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

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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: Did not play.

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Dustin Johnson
2,936.13800 6 6

T.J.'s Take: Johnson decided to stay in Europe following the Open Championship and played in the European Tour's Scandinavian Masters. Johnson turned in a solid showing with a tie for 19th, but did not receive any Ryder Cup points for his efforts.

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Matt Kuchar
2,890.95900 6 8

T.J.'s Take: Another week and yet another top-10 finish for the Georgia Tech product. Kuchar tied for fourth in the RBC Canadian Open. It was his seventh top-10 of the season and allowed him to jump one spot in this week's standings. After an even-par 70 in the first round, Kuchar shot no worse than even-par 70 in the final three rounds.

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Tiger Woods
2,773.30500 8 7

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

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Hunter Mahan
2,643.75400 9 11

T.J.'s Take: Things are looking up for Mahan, who jumped two spots in this week's standings thanks to his tie for 17th at the RBC Canadian Open. After a string of three consecutive missed cuts, Mahan has started a streak of two consecutive cuts made. Might not seem all that impressive just yet, but Mahan did have two rounds in the 60s in Canada - something he hasn't done in any tournament (12 total) since his win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February.

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Jeff Overton
2,629.84800 10 9
T.J.'s Take: Did not play and dropped one spot.

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Ricky Barnes
2,599.19100 11 10
T.J.'s Take: Barnes picked up a few Ryder Cup points, but still dropped one spot in the standings with a tie for 37th in Canada. Barnes played four rounds at 5 under. Not too bad, but players were taking it way low north of the border.
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Ben Crane
2,486.46900 12 12

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

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Stewart Cink
2,394.03300 13 13

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

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Nick Watney
2,297.97400 14 14
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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Rickie Fowler
2,259.37000 15 15
T.J.'s Take: Like Dustin Johnson, Fowler also elected to take a trip to Sweden to play on the European Tour before heading back to the U.S. With rounds of 73-76, he missed the cut.

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Bubba Watson
2,202.31900 16 16

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

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Bo Van Pelt
2,156.33400 17 17

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

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J.B. Holmes
2,129.01000 18 18
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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Sean O'Hair
2,122.57400 19 19
T.J.'s Take: With rounds of 70-71, O'Hair missed the cut at the RBC Canadian Open. O'Hair may have been due for an "off-week." Prior to Canada, O'Hair had finished no worse than a tie for 12th in four straight starts.

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Zach Johnson
2,118.39700 20 20
T.J.'s Take: Did not play.

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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