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A capsule look at the European team for the 2008 Ryder Cup matches, to be played Sept. 19-21 at Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky:

Team Captain: Nick Faldo
Age: 51
Professional wins: 43
Majors: 6
Captain record: Debut as captain


Paul Casey
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 31
World ranking: 38th
Hometown: Esher, England; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Birthplace: Cheltenham, England
Career PGA Tour wins: 0
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 0; Top 10s - 6; Top25s - 7
2008 money: 75th ($1,156,414)
Appearances: 2004, 06
Total Matches: 6
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 3-1-2
Singles (W-L-H): 1-1-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 1-0-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 1-0-2
Total Points Won: 4
Total Points Won Point %: 67 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Making an ace to win a foursomes match with David Howell on the 14th hole of The K Club.
Backspin: Unbeaten in the last Ryder Cup, a big reason Nick Faldo took him as a captain's pick. Has yet to win in America, but brings the experience of victory in the HSBC World Match Play Championship. Was second in the European Tour Order of Merit in 2006.
Sergio Garcia
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 28
World ranking: 5th
Hometown: Borriol, Spain
Birthplace: Castellon, Spain
Career PGA Tour wins: 7
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 1; Top 10s - 5; Top 25s - 10
2008 money: 7th ($4,102,224)
Appearances: 1999, 2002, 04, 06
Total Matches: 20
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 14-4-2
Singles (W-L-H): 1-3-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 8-0-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 5-1-2
Total Points Won: 15
Total Points Won Point %: 75 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: His 3 & 2 victory over Mickelson during the 2004 singles matches
Backspin: Has a 75 percent rate of earning points, the highest of any European on this team. That includes an astounding 8-0 record in foursomes. He is the European that most gets under the Americans' skin with his enthusiasm. A shaky putter except for one week every two years.
Soren Hansen
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 34
World ranking: 43rd
Hometown: Monte Carlo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Career wins: 3
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 0; Top 10s - 7; Top 25s - 8
2008 money: 17th (873,082 Euro)
Appearances: Debut
Total Matches: 0
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Singles (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Total Points Won: 0
Total Points Won Point %: 0 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Has represented Denmark six times in the World Cup.
Backspin: He missed the cut in two majors this year, but has proven to be one of the most steady players in Europe. Made the team on the strength of seven top-10s on the European Tour.
Padraig Harrington
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 37
World ranking: 4th
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Career wins: 16
Major wins: 3
2008 record: Wins - 2; Top 10s - 6; Top 25s - 9
2008 money: 5th ($4,313,551)
Appearances: 1999, 02, 04, 06
Total Matches: 17
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 7-8-2
Singles (W-L-H): 3-1-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 2-3-2
Fourballs (W-L-H): 2-4-0
Total Points Won: 8
Total Points Won Point %: 47 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Walking all the way to the 17th green at Brookline to check the hole location, and eventually winning his match against Mark O'Meara in his Ryder Cup debut.
Backspin: Has slowed considerably after the PGA, but trying to peak only for the Ryder Cup. Becomes only the fourth double major winner in the same year of playing in a Ryder Cup. It has been hard to find him a regular partner.
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 44
World ranking: 19th
Hometown: Spain
Birthplace: Malaga, Spain
Career wins: 15
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 1; Top 10s - 7; Top 25s - 9
2008 money: 2nd (1,889,092 Euro)
Appearances: 1999, 04
Total Matches: 9
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 2-5-2
Singles (W-L-H): 0-2-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 0-3-1
Fourballs (W-L-H): 2-0-1
Total Points Won: 3
Total Points Won Point %: 33 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Losing to Chris DiMarco twice in the '04 Ryder Cup.
Backspin: Has had four partners in his two Ryder Cups - Padraig Harrington, Jose Maria Olazabal, Darren Clarke and Thomas Levet, so chances are he'll get someone new. He has sat out only one session in two Ryder Cups. Known as the "Mechanic," but easy to overlook.
Robert Karlsson
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 39
World ranking: 22nd
Hometown: Monaco
Birthplace: Katrineholm, Sweden
Career PGA Tour wins: 7
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 0; Top 10s - 8; Top 25s - 13
2008 money: 6th (1,674,436 Euro)
Appearances: 2006
Total Matches: 3
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 0-1-2
Singles (W-L-H): 0-1-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 0-0-2
Total Points Won: 1
Total Points Won Point %: 33 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Losing to Tiger Woods in singles at his first Ryder Cup.
Backspin: Played his way onto the team with four straight top-3s in the spring, and he was the only player to finish in the top 10 at the first three majors until he tied for 20th in the PGA Championship. Played with Paul Casey last time and earned two halves.
Graeme McDowell
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 29
World ranking: 30th
Hometown: Portrush, Northern Ireland
Birthplace: Portrush, Northern Ireland
Career wins: 4
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 2; Top 10s - 6; Top 25s - 11
2008 money: 5th (1,675,186 Euro)
Appearances: Debut
Total Matches: 0
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Singles (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Total Points Won: 0
Total Points Won Point %: 0 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Helped lead Great Britain & Ireland to victory in the 2001 Walker Cup.
Backspin: Played his college golf in the South - University of Alabama-Birmingham - and is emerging as a young force in Europe. He has won twice this year to earn his spot on a maiden team through the European points list.
Ian Poulter
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 32
World ranking: 28th
Hometown: Milton Keynes, England
Birthplace: Hitchin, England
Career wins: 7
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 0; Top 10s - 2; Top 25s - 10
2008 money: 16th (906,806 Euro)
Appearances: 2004
Total Matches: 2
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 1-1-0
Singles (W-L-H): 1-0-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 0-1-0
Total Points Won: 1
Total Points Won Point %: 50 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Being picked by Nick Faldo after not trying to make the European team on his own.
Backspin: Only two top-10s this year, one of those runner-up at the British Open. Played only two matches in 2004, beating Chris Riley in singles. He has reputation as a gutsy player, but certainly not the record.
Justin Rose
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 28
World ranking: 14th
Hometown: London, England; Orlando, Florida, USA
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Career wins: 4
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 0; Top 10s - 3; Top 25s - 6
2008 money: 82nd ($1,047,854)
Appearances: Debut
Total Matches: 0
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Singles (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Total Points Won: 0
Total Points Won Point %: 0 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Played in the Walker Cup at age 17 and has represented England three times in the World Cup.
Backspin: Building a reputation for folding until he won Order of Merit last year with playoff victory in the Volvo Masters. He has played only five times on European Tour this year. Skipped the FedEx Cup to make sure he made his first Ryder Cup team.
Henrik Stenson
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 32
World ranking: 6th
Hometown: Dubai, UAE
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Career wins: 7
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 0; Top 10s - 9; Top 25s - 14
2008 money: 4th (1,773,617 Euro)
Appearances: 2006
Total Matches: 3
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 1-1-1
Singles (W-L-H): 1-0-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 0-0-1
Fourballs (W-L-H): 0-1-0
Total Points Won: 1.5
Total Points Won Point %: 50 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Holing the winning putt at The K Club.
Backspin: Made a solid debut in 2006, and his lone American victory was the Accenture Match Play Championship. He is starting to play well in big events, tying for third in the British Open and tying for fourth in the PGA Championship.
Lee Westwood
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 35
World ranking: 12th
Hometown: Worksop, England
Birthplace: Worksop, England
Career wins: 19
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 0; Top 10s - 9; Top 25s - 13
2008 money: 3rd (1,867,831 Euro)
Appearances: 1997, 99, 02, 04, 06
Total Matches: 25
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 14-8-3
Singles (W-L-H): 2-3-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 6-2-2
Fourballs (W-L-H): 6-3-1
Total Points Won: 15.5
Total Points Won Point %: 62 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Holed a 4-foot par putt at Oakland Hills to assure Europe retaining the cup. It was his first singles victory.
Backspin: Tied with Sergio Garcia as highest points-earner on this team with 15.5 points. Partners well with Garcia, but other partner, Darren Clarke, was left off the team. Might be Europe's most dependable performer this year, but will need to put the absence of Clarke, his good friend, behind him.
Oliver Wilson
Career & bio infoRyder Cup experience
Age: 28
World ranking: 48th
Hometown: Weybridge, England
Birthplace: Mansfield, England
Career wins: 0
Major wins: 0
2008 record: Wins - 0; Top 10s - 6; Top 25s - 9
2008 money: 8th (1,227,711 Euro)
Appearances: Debut
Total Matches: 0
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Singles (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 0-0-0
Total Points Won: 0
Total Points Won Point %: 0 percent
Notes
Ryder Cup moment: Was unbeaten in the 2003 Walker Cup, beating Bill Haas in singles.
Backspin: The only player in this Ryder Cup to have never won a tournament as a pro. He has come close this year, with three runner-up finishes. Could turn into an unknown hero along the lines of a Philip Walton or Paul McGinley.

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