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Furyk, Snedeker, Stricker and Johnson added to U.S. Ryder Cup team

September 04, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III announces the final four golfers for the team on Tuesday.
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III announces the final four golfers for… (Mark Lennihan / Associated…)

The U.S. Ryder Cup team is complete, as team captain Davis Love III added four players to the squad Tuesday.

Love completed the 12-man team by selecting Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.

Already on the team were Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson.

“I think we're extremely deep this time, deeper than we've ever been. … There was a lot of guys that played a lot of really good golf,” Love said. “You can analyze the numbers up and down and back and forth. It was tough to leave really anybody off.”

The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at Medinah outside Chicago. Europe has won six of the last eight.

Love said Furyk and Stricker were easy picks.

“I laid it out early on what I thought we needed and we stuck with it,” Love said. “I need Jim Furyk. I need Steve Stricker. The team will benefit from those guys being in the locker room, being in the team room. Then, you can't argue with the golf that Brandt and Dustin have been playing. I think they matched up well, and it really did kind of lay right out there for us.”

Those in contention who were left off the team included Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler.

Europe completed its team last week — Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Peter Hanson, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer. Jose Maria Olazabal used his two captain's picks on Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts.

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