Presidents Cup: U.S. player capsules

Members of the 2013 U.S. Presidents Cup team, clockwise from top left: Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bill Haas.

Members of the 2013 U.S. Presidents Cup team, clockwise from top left: Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bill Haas.

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Tiger Woods led a group of 10 players who automatically qualified for the U.S. Presidents Cup team on Monday.

Woods, who holds a 20-14-1 record in the Presidents Cup, finished with 22,627,211 points, more than 7 million points ahead of second-place Brandt Snedeker. Veteran Phil Mickelson, who is 18-14-10 all-time in the Presidents Cup, was third in the final standings.

The team will also include three first-timers – Snedeker, Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner – and two more players – Matt Kuchar and Bill Haas – with just one year of Presidents Cup experience.

Steve Stricker moved into the top 10 after his runner-up finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship, climbing from No. 11 to No. 7 and bumping Webb Simpson from an automatic qualifying spot.

Here is a closer look at the U.S. squad for the 2013 Presidents Cup, which will take place Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio (Note: two captain's picks will be announced Wednesday):

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Tiger Woods

Age: 37

Points (rank): 22,627,211 (1)

Career record: 20-14-1

Years participated: 1998, 2000, ’03, ’05, ’07, ’09, ’11

Season highlights: Woods leads the PGA Tour in wins this season with five (Farmers Insurance Open, WGC-Cadillac Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational). He also has top-10 finishes at the Masters and Open Championship, and has commanding leads in the Official World Golf Ranking and on the PGA Tour money list.

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Brandt Snedeker

Age: 32

Points (rank): 15,039,781 (2)

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: No player on the PGA Tour started better than Snedeker, who notched a victory, two runner-up finishes and a third-place finish in his first five events of the season. But a strained intercostal muscle caused him to miss a month and a half, and essentially killed Snedeker’s momentum. He has top 10s at the Masters, the Players Championship and AT&T National, as well as a victory at the RBC Canadian Open, since returning from injury, and there’s no doubt Snedeker’s putting – he’s fourth in strokes gained-putting this season – will be an asset to the Americans.

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Phil Mickelson

Age: 43

Points (rank): 14,938,074 (3)

Career record: 18-14-10

Years participated: 1994, ’96, ’98, 2000, ’03, ’05, ’07, ’09, ’11

Season highlights: What a season it has been for Lefty. He shot 60 in the first round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open before going on to win the tournament. He came up short yet again at the U.S. Open, tying for second at Merion. And he captured his first Claret Jug, winning at Muirfield a week after notching a victory at the Scottish Open on the European Tour.

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Matt Kuchar

Age: 35

Points (rank): 14,928,415 (4)

Career record: 1-3-1

Years participated: 2011

Season highlights: Kuchar entered the FedEx Cup playoffs second in the FedEx Cup standings. A big reason for that is Kuchar’s eight top 10s, including two victories, at the Memorial and the WGC-Accenture Match Play. Kuchar has also not missed a cut on the PGA Tour this season.

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Jason Dufner

Age: 36

Points (rank): 10,831,972 (5)

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: Dufner has missed an uncharacteristic three cuts this season and has just four top 10s. But three of those four top 10s, including a victory at the PGA Championship, have come since August. Not a statistical monster, Dufner hits a lot of greens (67.8 percent), but he’s No. 163 in strokes gained-putting.

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Keegan Bradley

Age: 27

Points (rank): 10,730,684 (6)

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: Bradley has no victories this season on the PGA Tour, but he does have five top-5 finishes. He’s also third in the all-round ranking, which takes into account eight statistical categories.

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Steve Stricker

Age: 46

Points (rank): 10,431,084 (7)

Career record: 11-8-0

Years participated: 1996, 2007, ’09, ‘11

Season highlights: For someone who hasn’t played a lot of golf this season, Stricker has had an impressive season. In just 11 starts, he has six top-10 finishes and has finished outside the top 20 only twice. Stricker may have struggled at last year’s Ryder Cup, but he’s first on Tour in greens in regulation percentage (71.3 percent) and 10th in strokes gained-putting.

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Bill Haas

Age: 31

Points (rank): 10,353,876 (8)

Career record: 1-3-1

Years participated: 2011

Season highlights: Haas’ nine top 10s leads all players on the PGA Tour this season. He’s also finished in the top 25 in 15 of 23 events, and he won the AT&T National in June, too.

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Hunter Mahan

Age: 31

Points (rank): 10,021,522 (9)

Career record: 8-5-1

Years participated: 2007, ’09, ‘11

Season highlights: It hasn’t been a stellar season for Mahan – four top 10s, 13 top 25s and 20 of 23 cuts made. But he did finish runner-up at the WGC-Accenture Match Play and could’ve won the RBC Canadian Open, but withdrew with the lead to attend the birth of his first child.

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Zach Johnson

Age: 37

Points (rank): 9,185,262 (10)

Career record: 4-5-0

Years participated: 2007, ‘09

Season highlights: There aren’t many hotter players right now than Johnson, who entered the Deutsche Bank Championship with five straight finishes of T-8 or better, including a playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the John Deere Classic. He did have just one top-10 showing before that stretch, though, and he finished inside the top 25 just three times in his first 12 starts.

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Webb Simpson

Captain's Pick

Age: 28

Career record: 3-2-0

Years participated: 2011

Season highlights: Simpson has still yet to win since his 2012 U.S. Open victory, but he came close at the RBC Heritage, where he lost in a playoff. That was one of four top 10s for Simpson this season on the PGA Tour. He also finished in the top 25 in four straight events before the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Jordan Spieth

Captain's Pick

Age: 20

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: Spieth entered the season with no status on any tour. But after seven top-10 finishes, including a victory at the John Deere Classic and a runner-up finish at the Wyndham Championship (both in playoffs), Spieth earned his PGA Tour card and qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

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