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United States roster

CAPTAIN
Fred Couples

Age: 50
Nickname: Boom Boom
Cup experience: Four appearances, 9-5-2 record
Info: One of the most respected players during his era, Couples will have plenty of talent to choose from when setting his lineup each day. With 15 career PGA Tour victories and an unbeaten record in Presidents Cup singles matches, the U.S. is in good hands.

PLAYERS
Tiger Woods

Age: 33
Cup record: 13-11-1
Info: The world’s No. 1 golfer will have a ton of pressure on him to carry the U.S. team to victory and retain the Cup.

Phil Mickelson
Age:
39
Cup record: 11-13-9
Info: Lefty will be a fan favorite for playing in the event despite his wife and mother battling cancer at the same time.

Steve Stricker
Age:
42
Cup record: 5-5
Info: Stricker was in the running for the FedEx Cup up until the end and won three times on tour this season.

Kenny Perry
Age:
49
Cup record: 7-6
Info: Perry enjoyed a stellar year on the PGA Tour and should be a solid teammate for whomever Fred Couples pairs him with.

Zach Johnson
Age:
33
Cup record: 2-2
Info: One of the top 20 players in the world, Johnson is one of the under-the-radar players who could have a big impact.

Stewart Cink
Age:
36
Cup record: 8-4-1
Info: Cink hopes the momentum from winning his first major in the summer can carry over into a solid run at The Presidents Cup.

Sean O’Hair
Age:
27
Cup record: 0-0
Info: A former PGA Tour rookie of the year, O’Hair is a player who seems to get better with each tournament he plays.

Jim Furyk
Age:
39
Cup record: 13-8-2
Info: As usual in team events, Furyk will likely be paired with Woods, creating a powerful team that will be tough to stop.

Anthony Kim
Age:
24
Cup record: 0-0
Info: During his first Ryder Cup, Kim thrived in the spotlight and could be in line to do the same this week at Harding Park.

Justin Leonard
Age:
37
Cup record: 6-10-2
Info: The usually steady Leonard has struggled in past Presidents Cup events and needs to show he can be counted on.

Lucas Glover
Age:
29
Cup record: 2-3
Info: Glover burst on to the scene in June when he outlasted Tiger and Phil at Bethpage Black to win the U.S. Open title.

Hunter Mahan
Age:
27
Cup record: 2-3
Info: A captain’s selection, Mahan is a consistent player who should be able to compete in just about any format out there.

International team roster

CAPTAIN
Greg Norman
Age:
54
Nickname: The Shark
Country: Australia
Cup experience: Three appearances, 7-6-1 record
Info: A 2001 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, there isn’t much in the game Norman hasn’t seen since he turned pro in 1976. His extensive experience should make him an ideal candidate to try and end the U.S. stranglehold.

PLAYERS
Geoff Ogilvy
Age:
32
Cup record: 2-3
Country: Australia
Info: The Aussie held off the field at two elite events this year and is key to his team finding success.

Vijay Singh
Age:
46
Cup record: 14-15-6
Country: Fiji
Info: Singh will join Phil Mickelson as the only players to compete in all eight Presidents Cups.

Camilo Villegas
Age:
27
Cup record: 0-0
Country: Colombia
Info: The Presidents Cup rookie seems to have a knack for playing his best golf late in the year.

Retief Goosen
Age:
40
Cup record: 11-7-2
Country: South Africa
Info: Goosen has played on 16 different national teams and his vast experience will be needed.

Ernie Els
Age:
39
Cup record: 13-10-2
Country: South Africa
Info: The three-time major winner has the game and mental makeup to take on the U.S. team’s best.

Angel Cabrera
Age:
40
Cup record: 3-3-3
Country: Argentina
Info: Cabrera fears no one on the course, which should bode well for him and his team in such a high-profile event.

Mike Weir
Age:
39
Cup record: 11-7-1
Country: Canada
Info: The left-hander was dynamite during the 2007 Presidents Cup, going 3-1-1 in his matches.

Robert Allenby
Age:
38
Cup record: 6-11-2
Country: Australia
Info: Allenby brings a less-than stellar career Presidents Cup record into this year’s event.

Y.E. Yang
Age:
37
Cup record: 0-0
Country: South Korea
Info: Yang stunned the world with his victory over Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship in August.

Tim Clark
Age:
33
Cup record: 4-5-1
Country: South Africa
Info: Clark could be a wild card as he clearly has a solid game, but has yet to win a tourney on the PGA Tour.

Ryo Ishikawa
Age:
18
Cup record: 0-0
Country: Japan
Info: The youngest player in the field, Ishikawa has the talent to back up his inclusion on this elite team.

Adam Scott
Age:
29
Cup record: 7-6-2
Country: Australia
Info: After a somewhat disappointing season, Scott was a bit of a surprise choice for the team. in just about any format out there.

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