The stage is nearly set for the 2012 Ryder Cup between the United States and Europe, September 28-30 at Medinah Country Club just outside Chicago.
It's been two long years since Team Europe outlasted the U.S. squad with a 14.5 to 13.5 victory at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales and the American team is looking for revenge on their home turf.
Here's what we know right now. The U.S. team has its top eight players set: Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson have earned enough points to snag the automatic berths.
That's some serious fire power. And they don't really need any introduction, but here's a brief rundown of their credentials.
Tiger is making his seventh Ryder Cup appearance and he, of course, has 14 major championships under his belt. Watson is the reigning Masters champion. Simpson is the current U.S. Open winner. Mickelson is a four-time major champion and he's making his record ninth Ryder Cup appearance. Dufner has been one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour this year with three wins and seven top-10 finishes. Bradley recently won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational before finishing T-3 in the defense of his 2011 PGA Championship victory. Kuchar has the best scoring average on the PGA Tour and he's tied for the most top-10 finishes this season. And Johnson is one of the steadiest players in the game with two wins and six top-10s this year.
On September 4, U.S. team captain Davis Love III will get four more selections known as "Captain's Picks" to round out his roster.
It sounds simple enough, but with so many deserving and capable players available, it's going to be a very difficult decision for Love. Here are the four players I think he will select to complete the U.S. squad.