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Each team is comprised of 12 professional

golfers, whomust qualify via points earned over

a two-year period leading up to the match. The

top eight points earners qualify automatically

for the U.S. Team and the final four members

of the team are chosen by the team captain.

In prior years, U.S. Captain’s picks were

limited to just two, but when Paul Azinger

became Team USA Captain for the 2008 Ryder

Cup at Valhalla, he negotiated an increase to

four captain’s picks and he became the only

winning U.S. Captain in the past 14 years.

The European Team gives their top nine points

winners automatic berths on the team and the

captain is limited to three picks. Darren Clarke,

who will captain the 2016 European Team has

used his three picks to choose, Thomas Pieters,

Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.

Joining those three on the European Team will

be, Rory McIlroy, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Sergio

Garcia, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan,

Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Danny Willett

and Chris Wood.

Although Captain Clarke has the advantage

of having on his team the reigning Masters

Champion, Danny Willett, the 2016 Champion

Golfer of the Year, Henrik Stenson and Rio

Olympic GoldMedalist, Justin Rose, he will also

enter the matches with six Ryder Cup rookies.

The U.S. Team will consist of Dustin Johnson,

Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson,

Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker

and Brooks Koepka, who have all earned

automatic spots on the team.

Three of Captain Davis Love’s four picks will

be announced after the BMW Championship,

September 12


. J.B. Holmes, Matt Kuchar,

Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk,

Daniel Berger and Justin Thomas are names

that are being considered for the final four

spots on the U.S. Team. The fourth and final

choice will be announced following the Tour

Championship, September 25



Brooks Koepka is the only rookie currently on

the U.S. squad, while the Europeans will enter

competition with 50% of their team playing in

international competition for the first time. This

should be a big plus for the Americans heading

into Hazeltine.

Every professional golfer will admit that the

greatest pressure they have ever felt on the

golf course came in Ryder Cup competition.

The six European rookies are about to enter the

most nerve-racking, tension-filled three days of

their golfing lives.

Although these are professional golfers, they

do not receive compensation for making

the team, donations are made to the player’s

favorite charity. Because they are playing not

just for themselves, but for team and country,

the pressure to perform is much greater for

the Ryder Cup than for any regular major

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