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Meet the U.S. Team

Keegan Bradley

•Age: 27

•Birthplace: Woodstock, Vt.

•Residence: Jupiter, Fla.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 14

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: After missing the cut in 2011 and 2012, Bradley made the cut this year before finishing tied for 50th at 4-over 292 with Luke Guthrie and U.S. Team Captain Fred Couples.

•Player overview: Bradley surprised the golf world by winning the 2011 PGA Championship in a playoff over Jason Dufner. Two months later, Couples decided not to select Bradley for one of his two captain's picks.

A year later, Bradley led the U.S. Team emotionally and on the scoreboard at the Ryder Cup, finishing 3-1 in four matches.

This season on the PGA Tour, Bradley appeared in 23 events entering the BMW Championship on Sept. 12, made the cut 19 times, finished twice second, third once and had seven top 10s. He ranked 10th on Tour in driving distance (301.6). Bradley, who was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2012, has three career victories since turning pro in 2008.

Jason Dufner

•Age: 36

•Birthplace: Cleveland

•Residence: Auburn, Ala.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 10

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: In only two appearances -- 2009 and 2010 -- he missed the cut both years after failing to break par in all four rounds.

•Player overview: After losing the 2011 PGA Championship in a playoff to Keegan Bradley, Dufner found himself in contention at the event two years later.

For the second time in three years, Dunfer played in the PGA Championship's final pairing. This time he sealed the deal by carding a 68 to Jim Furyk's 71.

Dufner put himself in position for the major victory by shooting a 7-under 63 during the second round at Oak Hill to tie the record for the all-time lowest round in a major. Entering the BMW Championship on Sept. 12, Dunfer had eight top-25s this season. He tied for fourth at the U.S. Open and tied for 20th at the Masters.

In 2012, Dunfer won twice on the PGA Tour at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Bill Haas

•Age: 31

•Birthplace: Charlotte, N.C.

•Residence: Green-ville, N.C.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 29

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 1 -- 2011

•Presidents Cup record: 1-3-1

•Memorial Tournament history: In eight appearances, his best result came this year. Haas led Charl Schwartzel by a stroke after two rounds, but a third-round 76 derailed his title hopes. He rebounded Sunday to finish tied for fourth with Scott Stallings at 6-under 282.

•Player overview: Son of U.S. Team assistant captain Jay Haas, Bill Haas has five career victories on the PGA Tour and won the FedExCup Championship in 2011. That season he made his first appearance on a Presidents Cup team.

Entering the BMW Championship on Sept. 12, Haas played in 23 events with one win (the AT&T National last June), a third-place finish (Northern Trust Open last February) and nine top 10s.

Zach Johnson

•Age: 37

•Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

•Residence: Saint Simons Island, Georgia

•Official World Golf Ranking: 12

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 2 -- 2007, '09

•Presidents Cup record: 4-5-0

•Memorial Tournament history: In seven appearances from 2004-10, Johnson's best finish was tied with Brett Wetterich for second in 2006, two strokes behind champion Carl Petersson. After missing 2011 and 2012, Johnson returned to Muirfield Village this year and finished 71st at 13-over 301.

•Player overview: Johnson skipped the first event of the 2013 PGA Tour Playoffs, The Barclays, to be the best man at his brother's wedding. As a result, Johnson was bumped out of the Presidents Cup's top-10 standings. The top 10 players earn an automatic qualification.

A week later at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Johnson needed to make a move to return to the top 10. He did. He birdied the 72nd hole on Sept. 2 to surpass Webb Simpson by slightly less than $6,000 as an automatic qualifier.

Johnson has nine career wins on the PGA Tour, including the 2007 Masters.

Matt Kuchar

•Age: 35

•Birthplace: Winter Park, Fla.

•Residence: Sea Island, Ga.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 8

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 1 -- 2011

•Presidents Cup record: 1-3-1

•Memorial Tournament history: Kuchar finally broke through and won the event this year with a four-round total of 12-under-par 276. He has appeared eight times at Muirfield Village and has been in contention most years. He missed the cut only once (2003) and finished tied for second in 2011, tied for eighth in '10, tied for fifth in '09 and tied for 10th in '08.

•Player overview: Kuchar returns to Muirfield Village four months after winning the Memorial Tournament last June.

He also won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships last February. Entering the BMW Championship on Sept. 12, Kuchar appeared in 21 events this season, made the cut in every appearance with two wins, two runner-up finishes and eight top-10s.

Kuchar has six career wins on the PGA Tour and has finished in the top 10 in all four majors, with his best result a tie for third at the 2012 Masters.

Hunter Mahan

•Age: 31

•Birthplace: Orange, Calif.

•Residence: Colleyville, Texas

•Official World Golf Ranking: 25

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 3 -- 2007, '09, '11

•Presidents Cup record: 8-5-1

•Memorial Tournament history: In seven appearances, Mahan has finished in the top-20 four of the past five years. His best finish came in 2011 as he tied for 11th. This year, Mahan finished tied for 16th with four others at 2-under-par 286.

•Player overview: Mahan has five career wins on the PGA Tour, but he has saved some of his best golf for match and team play events.

Mahan has an above .500 record in three Presidents Cup appearances. On the PGA Tour, he won the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and finished runner-up to Matt Kuchar at the same event this year.

Mahan also has shined in stroke-play events this season. He posted his career-best finish at the U.S Open (tied for fourth) tied for ninth at the British Open.

Phil Mickelson

•Age: 43

•Birthplace: San Diego.

•Residence: Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 3

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 9 -- 1994, '96, '98, 2000, '03, '05, '07, '09, '11

•Presidents Cup record: 18-14-10

•Memorial Tournament history: Mickelson appeared in 14 events dating back to 1991. His best finish came in 2006 when he tied for fourth. He also has finished tied for fifth in 2010 and tied for ninth in 2002. He did not play this season.

•Player overview: Next to Woods, no one in this year's Presidents Cup has more major victories than Mickelson with five. In July at the British Open, Mickelson shot a final round 5-under 66 to finish three strokes ahead of runner-up Henrik Stenson. Mickelson began the day five strokes back in a tie for ninth.

Mickelson also won the Masters Tournament in 2004, '06 and '10, a PGA Championship in 2005 and he has finished second at the U.S. Open six times, including this season at Merion.

Since turning pro in 1992, Mickelson has 42 victories on the PGA Tour. This season, he's played in 19 events entering the BMW Championships on Sept. 12, won the British Open and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, finished second twice and third twice.

He is the only player to appear in all 10 Presidents Cups.

Webb Simpson

•Age: 28

•Birthplace: Raleigh, N.C.

•Residence: Charlotte, N.C.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 24

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 1 -- 2011

•Presidents Cup record: 3-2-0

•Memorial Tournament history: He has played in every event since 2009, with his best finish coming in 20011. Simpson shot a final-round 68 to finished tied for seventh with five other players. This year, he missed the cut for the third time.

•Player overview: Simpson was bumped from automatic qualifier spot on the Presidents Cup team during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sept. 2. Playing partner Zach Johnson birdied the 72nd hole to edge Simpson into the top 10 by slightly less than $6,000.

Simpson was fully entrenched in the top 10 for the entire two years before dropping out on the final day. As a result, captain Fred Couples felt it was only fair to include him as a selection.

Simpson won the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco and has continued his strong play this year. Entering the BMW Championships on Sept. 12, Simpson appeared in 23 events, making the cut in 19 and placing in the top 10 four times.

He has three career PGA Tour victories, but none this season, with his best chance coming in a playoff loss to Graeme McDowell at the RBC Heritage last April.

Brandt Snedeker

•Age: 32

•Birthplace: Nash-ville, Tenn.

•Residence: Nash-ville, Tenn.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 9

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: In six appearances, Snedeker has missed the cut five times.

In 2012, Snedeker made the cut, but he was forced to withdraw because of a rib injury that plagued him the last two years. This year, he shot a second-round 8-over 80 to miss the cut by five strokes.

•Player overview: In Snedeker's first five events this season in January and February, he won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, finished second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and Farmers Insurance Open, third at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and tied for 23rd at the Humana Challenge.

After pulling out of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last March, he was diagnosed with "low bone turnover" in his ribs. He takes daily injections to treat the issue and he has since returned to the top of the leaderboards.

Snedeker tied for sixth at the Masters last April followed by eighth place finishes at The Players Championship last May and at the AT&T National last June and a tie for 17th at the U.S. Open last June. He returned to the winners' circle with a victory at the RBC Canadian Open last July.

Last season, Snedeker won the FedExCup Championship.

Jordan Spieth

•Age: 20

•Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

•Residence: Dallas, Texas

•Official World Golf Ranking: 21

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: In his only appearance, Spieth made the cut this year, but faltered in the third-round with an 82. He rallied in the final round with a 4-under 68 to finish tied for 63rd with Charley Hoffman at 7-over 295.

•Player overview: In his first full season on the PGA Tour, Spieth turned heads with a stellar campaign.

He began the year as the 809th-ranked golfer in the world. In 21 events entering the BMW Championship on Sept. 12, Spieth has made the cut 16 times with a victory (John Deere Classic in July), two seconds, eight top 10s and 11 top-25s.

Couples selected Spieth over Presidents Cup veteran Jim Furyk, who in seven appearances has a 10-6-2 record.

Spieth does has previous experience playing for the U.S. Team. At the 2011 Walker Cup, he played in three of four rounds, halved his foursomes match and won both singles matches.

Steve Stricker

•Age: 46

•Birthplace: Edgerton, Wis.

•Residence: Madison, Wis.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 7

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 4 -- 1996, 2007, '09, '11

•Presidents Cup Record: 11-8-0

•Memorial Tournament History: In 2011, Stricker shot all four rounds under 70 to win the title and beat Matt Kuchar by one stroke. In all, Stricker has 13 appearances and missed the cut only once (2007). He did not play in this year's event.

•Player overview: Stricker announced at the beginning of the 2013 season that he would cut his schedule "in half" in hopes of playing 10 to 12 tournaments.

Despite the part-time status, Stricker still is relevant. He played in 11 events entering the BMW Championship on Sept. 12, and made the cut every time. He has three runner-ups and six top-10s.

Stricker entered the final round of this year's U.S. Open at Merion tied for third but faltered with a final round 76 to finish tied for eighth.

Stricker, who has yet to win a major, has 12 career victories on the PGA Tour.

Tiger Woods

•Age: 37

•Birthplace: Cypress, Calif.

•Residence: Jupiter, Fla.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 1

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 7 -- 1998, 2000, '03, '05, '07, '09, '11

•Presidents Cup record: 20-14-1

•Memorial Tournament history: Woods has won five times (1999, 2000, '01, '09 and '12), which is the most in the event's history. This year, he finished tied for 65th at 8-over 296.

•Player overview: Woods is second all-time with 14 major championship victories, four shy of Columbus native and Muirfield Village Golf Club founder Jack Nicklaus. With two tournaments remaining in the 2013 PGA Tour season, Woods had five victories this year -- Farmers Insurance Open, the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Players Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

For the first time since October 2010, Woods returned to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings after his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.

Entering the BMW Championship Sept. 12, Woods was ranked second on the PGA Tour in scoring average (69.96) and fifth in birdies per round average (4.02)

His eight Presidents Cup appearances ties Ernie Els for second-most behind Phil Mickelson with 10.

Woods' 79 victories on the PGA Tour ranks him second behind Sam Snead with 82. He has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open.

  — Compiled by Don Delco

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