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    Tom Watson is the last United States Ryder Cup captain to lead a team to victory on European soil. He captained the 1993 team that won, 15-13, at The Belfry in England. Watson is back in the helm more than two decades later. Here's a look at the team he will lead this year as the United States tries to make amends for 2012's collapse at Medinah:


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    AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS (in alphabetical order)

    Rickie Fowler
    Age: 25
    Birthplace: Murrietta, California
    Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2010)
    Ryder Cup record: 0-1-2 (0-0-1 singles; 0-0-1 foursomes; 0-1-0 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Top five in all four majors (T5, Masters; T2, U.S. Open; T2, Open Championship; T3, PGA Championship). … T23 finish at Deutsche Bank Championship ended streak of five consecutive top-10s. Had two runners-up and a T3 in that stretch. ... Has finished in the top 25 in nine consecutive starts. … No. 9 in FedExCup.


    Jim Furyk
    Age: 44
    Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania
    Ryder Cup appearances: 8 (1997-99-2002-04-06-08-10-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 9-17-4 (4-3-1 singles; 4-6-2 foursomes; 1-8-1 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Runners-up at Wells Fargo Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship and RBC Canadian Open. … Top-15 in all four majors (T14, Masters; T12, U.S. Open; 4th, Open Championship; T5, PGA Championship). … 18 top-25s, including 11 top-10s, in 21 starts this season. Has finished in the top 25 in 10 consecutive starts. … No. 4 in FedExCup.


    Zach Johnson
    Age:
     38
    Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2006-10-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 6-4-1 (2-1-0 singles; 3-2-1 foursomes; 1-1-0 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won Hyundai Tournament of Champions. … Runner-up at John Deere Classic. … Third at Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation after final-round 62. … Twelve top-25s, including five top-10s, in 26 starts. Made 24 cuts. … No. 18 in FedExCup.


    Matt Kuchar
    Age: 
    36
    Birthplace: Winter Park, Florida
    Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 3-2-2 (0-2-0 singles; 1-0-0 foursomes; 2-0-2 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won RBC Heritage. … T5 at Masters. … Seventeen top-25s, including 11 top-10s, in 24 starts. … Had four consecutive top-fives, including Heritage win, T5 at Augusta National, playoff loss at Shell Houston Open and T4 at Valero Texas Open. … Withdrew from PGA Championship with back spasms. ... No. 9 in FedExCup.


    Phil Mickelson
    Age: 44
    Birthplace: San Diego
    Ryder Cup appearances: 9 (1995-97-99-2002-04-06-08-10-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 14-18-6 (4-5-0 singles; 4-5-4 foursomes; 6-8-2 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Automatically qualified for the team after runner-up finish at PGA Championship, his first top-10 of the season. … Shot final-round 62 at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational to finish T15 in final start before PGA. … Ten top-25s in 21 starts. … No. 68 in FedExCup.


    Patrick Reed
    Age: 
    24
    Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas
    Ryder Cup appearances: None
    Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
    2014 highlights: Won Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Opened Humana Challenge with three consecutive 63s.… Finished fourth at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational … Held 54-hole lead at Quicken Loans National before final-round 77 dropped him to 11th place. … No. 21 in FedExCup. ... Finished ninth at The Barclays. ... Four top-10s this season.


    Jordan Spieth
    Age: 21
    Birthplace: Dallas
    Ryder Cup appearances: None
    Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
    2014 highlights: Played in final group at Masters (T2) and THE PLAYERS Championship (T4). … Also runner-up at Hyundai Tournament of Champions. … Eighteen top-25s, including eight top-10s, in 27 starts. … No. 15 in FedExCup. ... Previously represented United States in Walker Cup (2011) and Presidents Cup (2013).


    Jimmy Walker
    Age: 35
    Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Ryder Cup appearances: None
    Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
    2014 highlights: Earned first three PGA TOUR victories in first eight starts of season (Frys.com Open; Sony Open in Hawaii; AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am). ... Top-10s in three majors (T8, Masters; T9, U.S. Open; T7, PGA Championship). ... Nineteen top-25s, including 10 top-10s, in 27 starts this season. … No. 7 in FedExCup after leading for most of year.


    Bubba Watson
    Age: 35
    Birthplace: Bagdad, Florida
    Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010-12)
    Ryder Cup record: 3-5-0 (0-2 singles; 0-2 foursomes; 3-1 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Won second Masters title by three shots over Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth…Also won Northern Trust Open. … Eight top-10s in 21 starts, including runners-up at World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and Waste Management Phoenix Open. Has six top-three finishes this season. … No. 5 in FedExCup.


    CAPTAIN'S SELECTIONS

    Keegan Bradley
    Age:
    28
    Birthplace: Woodstock, Vermont
    Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2012)
    Ryder Cup record: 3-1-0 (0-1-0 singles; 2-0-0 foursomes; 1-0-0 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Runner-up at Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. ... Thirteen top-25s, including six top-10s, in 26 starts this season. ... Finished T4 at U.S. Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and The Greenbrier Classic. ... No. 33 in the FedExCup.


    Hunter Mahan
    Age:
    32
    Birthplace: Orange, California
    Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2008-10)
    Ryder Cup record: 3-2-3 (0-1-1 singles; 2-1-1 foursomes; 1-0-1 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Win at The Barclays thrust him into Ryder Cup contention. ... Finished T15 at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and T7 at PGA Championship leading up to the win at Ridgewood. ... No. 6 in the FedExCup.


    Webb Simpson
    Age:
    29
    Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina
    Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2012)
    Ryder Cup record: 2-2-0 (0-1-0 singles; 0-1-0 foursomes; 2-0-0 four-balls)
    2014 highlights: Nine top-10s, including three third-place finishes, in 25 starts this season. ... Top-10s in two of his three starts leading up to the announcement of the Captain's Picks -- T5 at Wyndham Championship and T9 at Deutsche Bank Championship. ... No. 25 in FedExCup.

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