US Presidents Cup players capsules


Presidents CupSenior 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.


Tiger Woods

Record: 13-11-1

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.


Phil Mickelson

Record: 11-13-9

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.


Steve Stricker

Record: 5-5-0

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.

Kenny Perry

Record: 7-6-0

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.


Zach Johnson

Record: 2-2-0

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.


Stewart Cink

Record: 8-4-1

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.


Sean O’Hair

Record: Rookie

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.

Jim Furyk

Record: 13-8-2

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.


Anthony Kim

Record: Rookie

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.


Justin Leonard

Record: 6-10-2

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.


Lucas Glover

Record: 2-3-0

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.

Hunter Mahan

Record: 2-3-0

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.