Senior writer Rex Hoggard offers up 'the skinny' on the 2009 edition of the United States Presidents Cup squad that will tee it up against the International team at Harding Park in San Francisco.
Skinny: His record suggests he favors the relaxed atmosphere of the Presidents Cup over the Ryder Cup, and the FedEx Cup playoffs produced a world No. 1 that is playing his best golf of the season.
Skinny: Normally something of an unknown at these fall team events, he thrived last year paired with Kim (a likely foursome partner) and his victory at East Lake hints he may be peaking.
Skinny: Was solid in the playoffs, if not a tad spent toward the finale, and his consistent ballstriking and laid-back demeanor make him a versatile partner.
Skinny: May be the closest thing Couples has to a liability. Although he thrives in team events, he appeared to be fading in the playoffs and the recent death of his mother will be difficult, if not impossible, for this family man to play through.
Skinny: Cites his play at the 2006 Ryder Cup as the spark that lifted him from solid player to major champion and, like Glover, grew up playing team sports and craves the locker room mentality that the matches bring.
Skinny: Probably not at his season’s best heading into the Tour Championship, but fought his way to East Lake and is a match play monster with a solid team and WGC-Match Play resume.
Skinny: Mentioned by Woods as a potential playing partner: high cotton for a rookie. But then O’Hair’s play to close the playoffs (T-8, fourth, third) suggests Woods knows talent, regardless of experience.
Skinny: A Presidents Cup staple has proven to be a solid partner for Woods, the duo went undefeated together in 2005, and a mean closer with a 4-1-0 singles record.
Skinny: First-timer in name only. He went 2-1-1 last year for Paul Azinger at Valhalla and despite an early exit from the playoffs he promises to be an emotional spark for the U.S. side at Harding Park.
Skinny: Veteran returns to team after missing 2007 matches. He was steady in 2005 partnered with Scott Verplank and could be a solid utility man for Couples.
Skinny: Disappointed with his record at Royal Montreal, he’s played his best golf this season on the toughest and most intense venues (Bethpage, Torrey Pines, Quail Hollow, Congressional) and could be ready for a breakout match.
Skinny: The three-time captain’s pick said he put too much pressure on himself in 2007 at Royal Montreal but learned last year playing for Azinger these events must be savored.