Eight players named to 2009 USA Walker Cup squad


USGAEight down, two to go.
The U.S. Golf Association announced Sunday the names of eight of the 10 players who will comprise the U.S. team for the Walker Cup. The matches will be played Sept. 12-13 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore , Pa.
They are: Bud Cauley, 19, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Rickie Fowler, 20, of Murieta, Calif.; Brendan Gielow, 21, of Muskegon, Mich.; Brian Harman, 22, of Savannah, Ga.; Morgan Hoffmann, 19, of Saddle Brook, N.J.; Adam Mitchell, 22, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Nathan Smith, 30, of Pittsburgh; Drew Weaver, 22, of High Point, N.C.
The remaining two players of the team that will attempt to defend its title against Great Britain and Ireland will be named Aug. 30, following the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills in Tulsa , Okla.
GB&I announced its team a week ago: Wallace Booth, Gavin Dear, Tommy Fleetwood, Luke Goddard, Matt Haines, Stiggy Hodgson, Sam Hutsby, Niall Kearney, Chris Paisley and Dale Whitnell.
The biennial Walker Cup consists of 16 singles matches and eight foursomes matches. Team USA has won the last two matches and leads the series overall, 33-7-1.