2004 Ryder Cup rosters

Originally Published: August 29, 2004

Twenty players qualified for the U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams, then captains Hal Sutton and Bernhard Langer named two captain's picks apiece to set the teams. Who will win? It's anybody's guess, but here's how the teams stack up against each other for this year's Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills.

Team USA Team Europe

World Ranking: 2
Ryder Cup record: 5-8-2
Known for: What isn't he known for?
Outlook: After being shut out in the majors for a second straight year, Tiger needs a strong showing to prove he's still The Man in high-pressure situations.

World Ranking: 8
Ryder Cup record: 3-3-1
Known for: Currently being Europe's most solid golfer.
Outlook: Always a popular pick amongst experts to win the British -- or any other major -- Harrington has yet to come through on a major stage. Still, he remains Europe's top-ranked golfer and has plenty of international team experience.

World Ranking: 4
Ryder Cup record: 8-5-3
Known for: The greatest 18-foot putt in the history of Augusta National.
Outlook: The Oakland Hills' galleries will be behind Mickelson more than any other player on the U.S. team. Needs to avenge a singles match loss to Phillip Price that helped clinch the '02 Cup for the Euros.

World Ranking: 11
Ryder Cup record: 6-3-1
Known for: Waggling ... and waggling ... and waggling ... and ...
Outlook: Having a solid season with spurts of greatness. A Sunday battle with Tiger would conjure memories of the '99 PGA Championship at Medinah.

World Ranking: 5
Ryder Cup record: 8-9-4
Known for: Being the most consistent American golfer over the last 10 years.
Outlook: After a four-win season a year ago, Love is the leading money-winner on the PGA Tour to have not won a tournament this season. Won five matches at this year's Accenture before losing in final round to Woods.

World Ranking: 16
Ryder Cup record: 4-6-2
Known for: Losing 35 pounds -- "Two sacks of sugar," he calls it -- before this season.
Outlook: A regular on the PGA Tour, Clarke is more accustomed to American courses than most of his counterparts. He always plays well in match play competitions, having won the 2000 Accenture Match Play Championship.

World Ranking: 10
Ryder Cup record: 3-6-2
Known for: The ugliest, loopiest swing on tour.
Outlook: Good singles player (2-0-1 on Sundays in the last three Ryder Cups), but perhaps his partners have been distracted by his swing -- or tried to emulate it on their own -- because he's a dreadful 1-6-1 in team matches.

World Ranking: 21
Ryder Cup record: 1-2-2
Known for: The curly, blonde ponytail that hangs out of the back of his cap.
Outlook: The first Spaniard since Seve Ballesteros in 1983 to win four European events in a season, he's playing some of the best golf in the world this year.

World Ranking: 14
Ryder Cup record: NA
Known for: Winning three events in a resurgent 2003 season.
Outlook: What have you done for me lately? Perry owns five top-10 finishes, but no wins this season. A Ryder Cup rookie at age 44, don't be surprised if Perry only sees action in 2-3 matches.

World Ranking: 42
Ryder Cup record: 7-8-0
Known for: Being really good, then really bad, then really good again.
Outlook: Once No. 4 in the world, Westwood dropped below into the 200s but put an exclamation point on his comeback with a 3-2-0 record in the last Cup. That finish included a 3-1-0 record while teamed with Garcia; expect those two to be paired together again.

World Ranking: 22
Ryder Cup record: 3-1-1
Known for: Winning the 2001 PGA Championship.
Outlook: One of only two Americans (along with Scott Verplank) to win a singles match in '02. Teamed with Mickelson for a formidable pairing, claiming 2.5 points over first two days; don't be surprised to see them together again.

World Ranking: 66
Ryder Cup record: NA
Known for: Ummm ...
Outlook: The European side has a strong history of relative unknowns -- Phillip Price, Philip Walton, Eamonn Darcy -- coming through in the clutch. Could Englishman Howell be next in line?

World Ranking: 15
Ryder Cup record: NA
Known for: Smooth swing and steady demeanor.
Outlook: Campbell is American golf's next superstar and a good showing at Oakland Hills could help to speed up his ascension to that title. Won at Bay Hill this season, but has struggled at times. He could play a key role in determining the winner.

World Ranking: 43
Ryder Cup record: NA
Known for: Losing out to Ernie Els in a four-man playoff at the '02 British Open.
Outlook: Streaky player. When's he's off, he's very beatable; when he's hot (such as at the BMW, where he finished in second place), watch out.

World Ranking: 17
Ryder Cup record: NA
Known for: His curious 'claw' putting grip.
Outlook: Hasn't won the big one yet, but earned his spot on the team with a T-6 at The International and a T-2 at the PGA Championship, then continued his hot play with another T-6 at the NEC Invitational. Emotional player who could develop into the team cheerleader.

World Ranking: 28
Ryder Cup record: NA
Known for: His small stature (5'10, 176 lbs.), but lengthy drives.
Outlook: An unknown commodity in Ryder Cup play, this will be his first of many, many Ryder Cups. Will be interesting to see if he remains on the Euro tour in future seasons or moves over to the richer U.S. tour.

World Ranking: 57
Ryder Cup record: NA
Known for: Being the most accurate driver in the world.
Outlook: At 48, Funk is a Ryder Cup rookie, but the former University of Maryland golf coach doesn't let much rattle him. Will be out-driven by any European player, but makes up for it with a stellar short game.

World Ranking: 64
Ryder Cup record: 0-1-2
Known for: Making a six-foot putt on the 18th hole to halve his match with Jim Furyk and clinch the '02 Cup for the Euros.
Outlook: No longer an unknown, McGinley can't sneak up on the Americans again. Friends with fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington -- don't be surprised to see them paired together.

World Ranking: 39
Ryder Cup record: NA
Known for: One of the most solid putting strokes in golf.
Outlook: His wife will have labor induced the week before the Ryder Cup and Riley has said he will play no matter what. Sutton could team him with either former UNLV teammate Campbell or former Walker Cup partner Woods.

World Ranking: 58
Ryder Cup record: NA
Known for: Crazy hair and goofy pants.
Outlook: The team wardrobe will cut down on his creativity -- can he play well in basic slacks? Behind the flash is plenty of substance; owns eight top-10s on the European Tour this season.

World Ranking: 23
Ryder Cup record: 3-4-1
Known for: Being the second-oldest American Ryder Cupper ever.
Outlook: At age 50, barely missed out on qualifying for the team, but got Sutton's attention enough to be named a captain's pick. He still reels at the thought of his singles loss to Philip Walton, which clinched a win for the Euro team in the '95 Cup.

World Ranking: 60
Ryder Cup record: 16-7-5
Known for: Being the butt of American fans' jokes.
Outlook: Bernhard Langer may have had a mutiny on his hands had he not chosen Monty; just about every European Ryder Cupper lobbied for him, and for good reason -- look at the record.

World Ranking: 12
Ryder Cup record: 1-2-0
Known for: Quick-putting on the 72nd hole at the '01 U.S. Open.
Outlook: Six days after being named to the team as a captain's pick, Cink won the NEC Invitational. Playing as well as any American this season; don't be surprised to see Cink playing five matches in this year's Cup.

World Ranking: 35
Ryder Cup record: NA
Known for: Being one of the top young players on the PGA Tour.
Outlook: As amateurs, teamed successfully with Casey in the Walker Cup; those two should make for a natural pairing. Played college golf at Northwestern, so his knowledge of midwestern U.S. courses will come in handy.

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