Johnson, Furyk, Snedeker and Stricker in Ryder Cup.
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Johnson, Furyk, Snedeker and Stricker in Ryder Cup.

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U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III announces four picks for the American team will be Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker. SHOWS: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 4, 2012) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. DAVIS LOVE III AT PRESS CONFERENCE 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. RYDER CUP TEAM CAPTAIN DAVIS LOVE III SAYING: "This guy probably is the best athlete on the team. He is perfect for Madinah, I've been saying all along that I was going to plug some holes that I thought we had and this guy will be playing on his second team, Dustin Johnson. And then I've been saying that we also needed experience, this next guy is one of the most consistent players on the tour, one of the most respected players on the tour..." 3. REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHER 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. RYDER CUP TEAM CAPTAIN DAVIS LOVE III SAYING: "Jim Furyk." 5. MEDINAH 2012 SIGN 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. RYDER CUP TEAM CAPTAIN DAVIS LOVE III SAYING: "One thing I've been saying a lot is we need hot putters. There really hasn't been a hotter putter on tour since the British open. Brandt Snedeker. A guy that has been the best player in my mind on tour the last five or six years and another great putter..." 7. REPORTERS 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. RYDER CUP TEAM CAPTAIN DAVIS LOVE III SAYING: "Steve Stricker. I can't tell you how excited I am that these four guys are going to round out our Ryder Cup team." STORY: United States captain Davis Love III opted for a blend of experience and form in choosing Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker as his wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against Europe. Love announced Cup veterans Furyk and Stricker, along with 2010 debutante Johnson and rookie Snedeker, as his four selections during a news conference at the NASDAQ headquarters in Times Square on Tuesday (September 4). The quartet will join automatic choices Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson on the 12-man American team. The 2012 U.S. team, led by world number three Woods, includes five of the top 10 ranked players, and 10 of the top 20. Furyk, a 42-year-old veteran of seven Ryder Cups, will bring considerable experience to the U.S. lineup and is known for being very adaptable in team play with a variety of partners. Stricker, acknowledged as one of the best putters in the game, is a 12-time PGA Tour champion who has partnered Woods successfully on several U.S. teams at both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. The long-hitting Johnson, a six-times PGA Tour winner who made his Ryder Cup debut two years ago in Wales, cemented his selection by tying for fourth at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. Snedeker, who is also renowned for his putting, won his third PGA Tour title at the Farmers Insurance Open in January and will make his debut in the biennial competition. The most notable omission by Love was Hunter Mahan, a double winner on the PGA Tour this year who made his Ryder Cup debut at Celtic Manor in Wales two years ago. The U.S. will take on Jose Maria Olazabal's European team, the holders, at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago from September 28-30.