2008 Ryder Cup Team USA Standings | 2008 Ryder Cup US Team

The winners of the 2008 Ryder Cup, Team USA was led by captain Paul Azinger, who was himself a
member of the team in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 2002. Azinger managed to
turn the tide for the USA, with Team
Europe
having won five of the last six Ryder Cups. Azinger has won a total
of 14 worldwide professional championships since becoming a Tour professional
in 1981. Azinger led his team to victory at the 2008 Ryder Cup finals, with a 16½ – 11½ defeat of the European Team led by Nick Faldo.

On
being invited to captain Team USA, Azinger said, “I just want to say that it
is, I think, the greatest honour you can bestow on a professional golfer to ask
him to captain a Ryder Cup team, and I’m awestruck by it.”

In
2006, the PGA of America altered the Ryder Cup qualifying process,
and Azinger was responsible for picking four rather than only two of the
members of the team. The remaining members of Team USA where the eight
professional golfers with the highest point ranking as of 11 August 2008.

Ryder
Cup Team USA Standings

Point
rankings continued to change up to August 2008. However, the current
top 20 US golfers
– from which eight positions on the Ryder Cup Team USA
were considered, after Azinger’s controversial last minute picks for the 2008 Ryder Cup USA team,  here are the final team standings:

 Current
top 20 US golfers
  USA Ryder Cup 2008 Team
  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Jim Furyk
  3. Zach Johnson
  4. Woody Austin
  5. Stewart Cink
  6. Joe Durant
  7. Hunter Mahan
  8. Jerry Kelly
  9. David Toms
  10. Steve Stricker
  11. Scott Verplank
  12. Ben Curtis
  13. Troy Matteson
  14. Arron Oberholser
  15. Davis Love III
  16. Lucas Glover
  17. Boo Weekley
  18. Eric Axley
  19. Bubba Watson
  20. Tom Pernice Jr
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Stewart Cink
  • Kenny Perry
  • Jim Furyk
  • Anthony Kim
  • Justin Leonard
  • Ben Curtis
  • Boo Weekley
  • Chad Campbell
  • J.B. Holmes
  • Hunter Mahan
  • Steve Stricker

Will
Ryder Cup Team USA manage to regain the trophy at the 2010 Ryder Cup?