Corey Pavin's United States team take on Europe in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor between 1-3 October. Pavin's team are the defending champions having regained the trophy in Louisville, Kentucky in 2008
Phil Mickelson. Age: 40 Caps: 7. Record Won 10 Lost 14 Halved 6. The Masters champion and world number two will be key to US hopes, with or without Tiger Woods. "He’s the top man. Outstanding, deadly short game and enjoys matchplay" - Ken Brown
Hunter Mahan. Age: 28 Caps: 1 Record: W2 L0 H3. Will be a danger after two wins this year to add to successful Ryder Cup debut in 2008. "Very steady player, consistent. Accurate, low ball flight, steady all-round player – no weaknesses" - Ken Brown
Bubba Watson. Age: 31 Caps: 0. Lost USPGA in play-off to Martin Kaymer but achieved dream of making Ryder Cup team. "Longest hitter in the world. Goes for his shots, never frightened, exciting but blows hot and cold. A crowd pleaser" - Ken Brown
Jim Furyk. Age: 40 Caps: 6 Record: W8 L13 H3. A double winner this term and ranks fourth in earnings on US Tour. An old hand at the Ryder Cup game. "Steady all-rounder. Straight hitter. Unique style and very reliable. Solid competitor" - Ken Brown
Steve Stricker. Age: 43 Caps: 1 Record: W0 L2 H1. World number four and another two-time winner this year, but anonymous to the general sports fan. "Become very steady after years of work. Terrific putter – scary to play against" - Ken Brown
Dustin Johnson. Age: 26 Caps: 0. Seemingly an ever present on leaderboards of late. Led US Open before last-day collapse and deprived of USPGA play-off slot after rules infraction. "Long hitter, low ball flight. Very aggressive player" - Ken Brown
Jeff Overton. Age: 27 Caps: 0. No wins this term but five top threes show consistency. "Probably feels as though he’s done well to get in team. Very casual player, looks like a boy playing golf. Now it’s time to join the big boys" - Ken Brown
Matt Kuchar. Age: 32 Caps: 0. Another player in fine form. Beat Scotland's Martin Laird in play-off in FedEx Cup event on US Tour on Sunday. "Exceptional season, good amateur career, long hitter. Unusual technique but has adapted his skills" - Ken Brown
Tiger Woods. Age: 34 Caps: 5 Record: W10 L13 H2. Reputation shot and game struggling. Needed wildcard but still world no. 1 and unbeaten in singles since 1997. "I've always loved the Ryder Cup. I've created some great friendships from it" - Woods
Zach Johnson. Age: 34 Caps: 1 Record: W1 L2 H1. The 2007 Masters champion is in prime form with a win this year and third at the USPGA. "I'm excited beyond belief. Having your nation's flag on your sleeve makes it that much more special " - Johnson.
Stewart Cink. Age: 37 Caps: 4 Record: W4 L7 H4. Wildcard for third time in four matches. Not won tournament since beating 59-year-old Tom Watson in the 2009 Open play-off. No top 10s in five majors since.
Rickie Fowler. Age: 21 Caps: 0. Seven wins in eight matches in two Walker Cups and the first US Tour rookie on the team. "I have a gut feeling about him" - Corey Pavin. "I hope to bring a bit of colour and help get the guys fired up" - Fowler.