Team USA: Player-by-player guide

Fri, Sep 28, 2012, 01:00

Tiger WoodsForm guide: Although he didn’t win a Major this year, Woods has been the hottest American player on tour with three wins – Bay Hill Invitational, Memorial, ATT – and has five top-10 finishes in his last seven outings. “Hopefully we can get the Cup.”

Bubba WatsonForm guide: Enjoyed a golden spell earlier in the season when backing up a runner-up in the WGC-Cadillace and fourth-place finish in the Bay Hill Invitational with a breakthrough Major win in the Masters. Has maintained good form of later, demonstrated by a tied-fifth finish in last week’s Tour Championship.

Brandt SnedekerForm guide: Justified captain Davis Love III’s decision to receive a wild-card pick by immediately stepping up to the mark, finishing second in the Barclays, sixth in the Deutsche Bank and then capping off an impressive run by winning the Tour Championship and collecting the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.

Webb SimpsonForm guide: Simpson can throw the form book out the window. He went into the US Open with back-to-back missed cuts and proceeded to claim a maiden Major title. Has been up-and-down of late with missed cuts in the US PGA and the Barclays and a top-five finish in the Tour Championship.

Keegan BradleyForm guide: Took advantage of Jim Furyk’s frail putting to capture the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August and followed up with a third-place finish behind Rory McIlroy in the US PGA. Has since dipped in form with a missed cut at the Barclays and failing to contend in any of the other three FedEx Cup events.

Jason DufnerForm guide: Has moved up a level this season, with wins in the New Orleans Open and Byron Nelson Classic at the start of the summer which marked him down as one of the hottest players around. Has cooled off since then but has a 69.89 scoring average on the PGA Tour and has marked up eight top-10 finishes.

Phil MickelsonForm guide: Lefty was probably the main concern for Davis Love III after an insipid summer into autumn during which he missed back-to-back cuts in the Greenbrier Classic and British Open and failed to secure a top-10 in his next three events. Has shown a recovery in recent weeks with a fourth-place at the Deutsche Bank and he was runner-up in the BMW.

Dustin JohnsonForm guide: Missed a portion of the season with injury, but bounced back in considerable style with a win in the FedEx St Jude Classic – in just his second tournament back after a six-week lay-off – and has been very consistent in recent weeks with four top-10 finishes in his last four appearances.

Jim FurykForm guide: He hasn’t won on tour this year but probably should have won the US Open and the WGC-Bridgestone only for his putter to let him down at crucial stages. The veteran Ryder Cup player has experienced just two overall wins in seven previous matches. “I would have expected and definitely wished for a much better record.”

Steve StrickerForm guide: Started off the year in style with a win in the season-opening Tournament of Champions in Hawaii but has failed to win since. Showed a return to form with a runner-up finish to Bradley Keegan in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and a tied-seventh behind Rory McIlroy in the PGA but failed to find a top-10 in any of the four FedEx Cup play-off events.

MattKucharForm guide: Claimed the biggest win of his career when winning the Players Championship in May and has nine top-10 finishes on tour this season. Has lapsed back a little since missing the cut at the US PGA with just one top-10 (in last week’s limited field Tour Championship) in four outings since.

Zach JohnsonForm guide: Had a hot streak in the summer when he won twice, at the Crowne Colonial and the John Deere Classic , in the space of six outings and a top-10 finish in the British Open. Has gone quiet since then, however, and needs to find some form.

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