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How do the U.S. and European teams stack up when it comes to the blocking and tackling of golf—long driving, finding the fairway, hitting greens in regulation and holing putts? To find out, we added up each player's rank on his respective tour in those four categories and divided by four. We took that number and, going from lowest total to highest, listed the 24 Ryder Cuppers from one to 24. Voilà! The Ryder Cup Rank. (For the two Europeans, Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter, who qualify as members of both tours, we combined their U.S. and European rankings total and divided by two.) The players are shown in order of Ryder Cup Rank. (The Europeans are on page 42.)
RC Rank 3
In a straw poll before Paul Azinger made his captain's picks, nearly two dozen writers were asked which four players they would add to the team. Campbell didn't get a single vote. He quietly had a good late summer, though, with three top 10s in the six events before Azinger made his choices. Closing scores of 69 and 66 at the Deutsche Bank were convincing.
RC Rank 5
Perry was the game's King of Summer, winning the Memorial, the Buick Open and the John Deere Classic over a two-month stretch during which he played the best golf of his career. Making this team at age 48 was a dream he made happen. Playing in his home state will either lift his game or add even more pressure.
RC Rank 8
Cink provided one of the few U.S. highlights at the '06 Ryder Cup, thumping Sergio García in a satisfying but irrelevant singles match. Few players wield a long putter better than Cink, who is also an excellent iron player, especially mid-irons. However, he has cooled off since he won in Hartford in late June, with no top 30 finishes since then.