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    • Rory McIlroy is playing his third Ryder Cup. He has a 4-3-2 record. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Rory McIlroy is playing his third Ryder Cup. He has a 4-3-2 record. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    Europe is seeking its third consecutive Ryder Cup victory. Here's a look at the 12 players -- including four of the top six players in the world ranking -- who will represent Europe this week:

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    AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS (in alphabetical order)

    Thomas Bjorn
    Birthplace: Silkeborg, Denmark
    Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (1997, 2002)
    Ryder Cup record: 3-2-1 (1-0-1 singles; 0-2-0 foursomes; 2-0-0 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: T8 at the Masters. ... Seven top-10s in 20 starts this year, highlighted by a win at the Nedbank Challenge and a T3 at BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event.  

    Jamie Donaldson
    Birthplace: Pontypridd, Wales
    Ryder Cup appearances: None
    Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
    2014 highlights: Won the D+D Real Czech Masters on August 24 to clinch his spot on the team. ... Finished second at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. ... Finished T5 in consecutive weeks in June and July at BMW International Open and French Open.

    Victor Dubuisson
    Birthplace: Cannes, France
    Ryder Cup appearances: None
    Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
    2014 highlights: Displayed adventurous short game in loss to Jason Day in final match at World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. ... Had top-10s in year's final two majors, The Open Championship (T9) and PGA Championship (T7). ... Also was runner-up at the Nordea Masters.

    Sergio Garcia
    Birthplace: Castellón, Spain
    Ryder Cup appearances: 6 (1999-2008, 2012)
    Ryder Cup record: 16-8-4 (2-4-0 singles; 8-2-1 foursomes; 6-2-3 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won Qatar Masters, his first victory since 2012 Wyndham Championship. ... Runner-up at The Open Championship. Also second at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and Travelers Championship. ... Third at THE PLAYERS Championship and Shell Houston Open. ... 13th in the FedExCup.

    Martin Kaymer
    Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
    Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 3-2-1 (1-1-0 singles; 0-0-1 foursomes; 2-1-0 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won the U.S. Open and THE PLAYERS Championship. Held at least a share of the lead after each round in both events. ... No. 16 in the FedExCup. ... T7 at the Deutsche Bank Championship is his only other top-10 this year.

    Graeme McDowell
    Birthplace: Portrush, Northern Ireland
    Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2008-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 5-5-2 (2-1-0 singles; 2-2-1 foursomes; 1-2-1 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won French Open. ... Ten top-10s in 19 worldwide starts. ... No. 56 in the FedExCup. ... T9 at The Open Championship. ... Top-10 in all three World Golf Championships starts: Accenture Match Play Championship (T5), Cadillac Championship (T9) and Bridgestone Invitational (T8).

    Rory McIlroy
    Birthplace: Holywood, Northern Ireland
    Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 4-3-2 (1-0-1 singles; 2-2-0 foursomes; 1-1-1 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won two majors (The Open Championship and PGA Championship) and a World Golf Championship (Bridgestone Invitational) during a three-tournament winning streak. ... Returned to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for first time since 2012 with victory at Bridgestone. ... No. 2 in the FedExCup. ... Also won the BMW Championship, the European Tour's flagship event.

    Justin Rose
    Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2008, 2012)
    Ryder Cup record: 6-3-0 (2-0-0 singles; 3-1-0 foursomes; 1-2-0 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Overcame shoulder injury at start of the season to win back-to-back starts at the Quicken Loans National and Scottish Open. ... T4 at THE PLAYERS Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. ... Top-25s at all four majors: Masters (T14), U.S. Open (T12), Open Championship (T23) and PGA Championship (T24). ... Finished in the top 10 in nine of 21 worldwide events. ... No. 27 in the FedExCup.

    Henrik Stenson
    Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
    Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2006-08)
    Ryder Cup record: 2-3-2 (1-1-0 singles; 1-1-1 foursomes; 0-1-1 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Winless this year after claiming both the FedExCup and Race to Dubai in 2013. ... Started year slowly after big 2013, but has started to show form, including a T4 at U.S. Open and T3 at PGA Championship. Also finished 14th at the Masters, giving him top-15 finishes in three of four majors. ... Finished 52nd in the FedExCup.


    Stephen Gallacher
    Birthplace: Dechmont, Scotland
    Ryder Cup appearances: None
    Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
    2014 highlights: Won Dubai Desert Classic for second consecutive year. ... Finished T6 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. ... Runner-up at Nordea Masters and finished third in the Italian Open in his last start. Narrowly missed finishing second in Italy, which would have automatically qualified him for the team. It was his second consecutive top-10 after T7 in Czech Masters. ... Also finished T5 in the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event, and T4 at the Scottish Open in his home country.

    Ian Poulter
    Birthplace: Hitchin, England
    Ryder Cup appearances: 4 (2004, 2008-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 12-3-0 (4-0-0 singles; 4-1-0 foursomes; 4-2-0 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Three top-10s in 20 starts ... Second at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, T5 at China Open and T6 at FedEx St. Jude Classic. ... Finished 78th in FedExCup. ... Shot final-round 66 at Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday to finish T23. ... Top-25s at the Masters (T20) and U.S. Open (T17).

    Lee Westwood
    Birthplace: Worksop, England
    Ryder Cup appearances: Eight (1997-2012)
    Ryder Cup record: 18-13-6 (3-5-0 singles; 7-4-4 foursomes; 8-4-2 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won Malaysian Open. ... Other two top-10s this season were seventh-place finish at the Masters and T6 at THE PLAYERS. ... Posted back-to-back top-20s at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (T19) and PGA Championship (T15). ... Finished 107th in FedExCup.

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