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T.J.'s Team USA Weekly Analysis: August 13

The 39th Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 28-30, 2012, at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

T.J.'s Team USA Weekly Analysis: August 13

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.

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Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
6,014.184 1 1

T.J.'s take: : Tiger Woods was a lock to make the Ryder Cup team even before he teed it up at the 94th PGA Championship. Surely, however, he would have liked a win at Kiawah Island. He looked primed to do just that after a stellar first two rounds had him with the 36-hole lead. However - as has been the case in the season's previous three majors - Woods struggled on the weekend. In his final two rounds, Woods shot 3-over 74 and an even-par 72 to settle for a tie for 11th.

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Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson
5,815.054 2 3

T.J.'s take: : No player slipped out of the top 8 at the PGA Championship, but Bubba Watson was the only player in the top 8 to move up. He snuck past Jason Dufner to secure the No. 2 position with his tie for 11th at the Ocean Course, thanks largely to a 4-under 68 in the final round. This will be Watson's second Ryder Cup appearance.

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Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner
5,593.502 3 2

T.J.'s take: : Jason Dufner tied for 27th at the PGA Championship, a nice bounce back after starting the week 74-76. He'll make his Ryder Cup debut at Medinah.

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Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley
5,551.206 4 4

T.J.'s take: : In all honesty, I'm not so sure Keegan Bradley could have asked for a better defense of his 2011 PGA Championship crown. A week after winning the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Bradley fired bookend rounds of 68 to tie for third at The Ocean Course. He couldn't be more excited about qualifying for his first Ryder Cup team. In fact, Bradley was in attendance as a spectator when the U.S. side made its remarkable Sunday comeback at Brookline in 1999. This time around, he'll be inside the ropes as a participant.

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Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson
4,635.500 5 5

T.J.'s take: : Webb Simpson hasn't played a whole lot since winning the U.S. Open. He has spent quality time at home with wife, Dowd, since the birth of the couple's second child two weeks ago. The rust showed at Kiawah, as he missed the cut with rounds of 79-72. Even still, Simpson heads to Medinah for his Ryder Cup debut.

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Zach Johnson
Zach Johnson
4,491.544 6 6

T.J.'s take: : A two-time winner in 2012, Johnson finished a disappointing 70th in the PGA Championship. No problem, though. He'll play for Sea Island, Ga., neighbor Davis Love III at Medinah. It will be Johnson's third Ryder Cup appearance.

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Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar
4,448.942 7 7

T.J.'s take: : Matt Kuchar missed a rare cut at the PGA Championship. Going into the tournament, he had made a PGA Tour-leading 23 consecutive cuts (24 if you count the no-cut Bridgestone Invitational). This will be Johnson's third Ryder Cup appearance.

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Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
4,233.108 8 8

T.J.'s take: : Phil Mickelson was in danger of losing his automatic spot this week; however, you have to wonder if he was ever really not a threat to be a member of the U.S. team even if he didn't make it on points (Davis Love III wouldn't have used a pick on him, right?). Anyway, Mickelson shot a 1-under 71 in a brutal second round, but couldn't get anything going on the weekend with rounds of 73-74 to finish the PGA Championship in a tie for 36th. He heads to his ninth consecutive Ryder Cup, which is a U.S. record. His soon-to-be ninth overall Ryder Cup appearance will also be a new U.S. record. 

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Hunter Mahan
Hunter Mahan
4,082.228 9 9

T.J.'s take: : Hunter Mahan hasn't played great of late and the PGA Championship was another example of that with his missed cut. However, it's perplexing that Mahan was outside of the top 8 to begin with - he's a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season. You have to think Davis Love III will heavily consider Mahan with one of his captain's picks.

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Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker
4,015.069 10 10

T.J.'s take: : Steve Stricker tied for seventh in the PGA Championship to finish his Team USA point-getting in the 10th position. A Ryder Cup veteran and longtime friend/playing partner of Tiger Woods, he'll also be hoping for one of Love's captain's picks.

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Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
3,369.616 11 11

T.J.'s take: : After a crushing defeat at Firestone a week ago, Furyk tied for 42nd at the PGA Championship to finish No. 11 in the Ryder Cup standings. Like Furyk, he's also a longtime friend/playing partner of Woods. That goes for Mickelson too. It would be hard to imagine a U.S. Ryder Cup team without Furyk.

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Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler
3,313.338 12 12

T.J.'s take: : A missed cut at the PGA Championship, which included his second round of 80 in as many weeks didn't do anything to help the Ryder Cup plight of young Rickie Fowler. Davis Love III has gone on record as saying he loves Fowler's cocky putting style, but you have to think Fowler will need to do something special to be considered after his woes of late. He closed out at No. 12.

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Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker
3,176.787 13 13

T.J.'s take: : Snedeker, another of Love's Sea Island, Ga., neighbors, also did nothing to help his Ryder Cup captain's pick consideration with a missed cut at the PGA Championship. He finished off at No. 13.

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Bo Van Pelt
Bo Van Pelt
3,152.314 14 14

T.J.'s take: : For a long time at the 94th PGA Championship, it looked as if Bo Van Pelt might just play his way into the top 8. Maybe the pressure got to him -- who knows? In the end, Van Pelt finished in a tie for 18th and moved up one spot in the final standings to No. 14. Van Pelt should get some consideration from Love. He's been a top-10 machine this season - eight total, which is tied for tops on Tour with Matt Kuchar - and is about as consistent as a player can get.

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Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson
3,040.020 15 15

T.J.'s take: : Dustin Johnson tied for 48th at the PGA Championship. He dropped one spot in the final standings.

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Robert Garrigus
Robert Garrigus
2,604.580 16 17

T.J.'s take: : Robert Garrigus tied for 21st at the PGA Championship and moved up one spot in the final standings. He was helped by a 5-under 67 in the final round.

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Bill Haas
Bill Haas
2,546.017 17 16

T.J.'s take: : Bill Haas tied for 32nd at the PGA Championship. He dropped one spot in the final standings to No. 17..

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Ben Curtis
Ben Curtis
2,457.284 18 22

T.J.'s take: : Ben Curtis jumped four spots in the final standings from No. 22 to No. 18. Curtis tied for 11th in the PGA Championship with a 5-under 67 in the final round..

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Scott Piercy
Scott Piercy
2,416.346 19 18

T.J.'s take: : Scott Piercy tied for 48th in the PGA Championship. He slipped one spot in the final standings to No. 19.

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Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley
2,341.219 20 19

T.J.'s take: : Kyle Stanley missed the cut at the PGA Championship. He dropped one spot in the final standings from No. 19 to No. 20.

Team USA Qualifying Process

The United States points system will determine the top eight players for the 2012 United States Ryder Cup Team on August 13. In addition, Captain Davis Love III will select four players to complete the United States Team. Points are based upon the following:

  • Prize money earned in the 2011 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 2012 "Official" events from Jan. 1 through Aug. 12: 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 2012 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 2012 events played opposite the major championships and opposite World Golf Championships events between Jan. 1 and the PGA Championship, which concludes Aug. 12 -- one-half point will be awarded for every $1,000 earned; all U.S. players making the cut will earn points.