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Speaking of those Ryder Cup implications, here are four favorites (two for the USA, two for Europe) who have even more at stake in the coming weeks:
Ian Poulter: That sensational start of six-under through seven holes in the final round of the PGA Championship was indicative of the type of talent Poulter has.
In 2008, the brash, stylish Englishman was a captain's pick by Nick Faldo, and gathered the most points for his team. He also finished 3-1 in his matches at the 2010 event.
Poulter is one of the best at grinding out pars in the game, but proved at Kiawah Island that he can light it up when need be.
With a strong performance in the playoffs combined with his track record in match play, Poulter should easily find his way onto the team as a captain's pick once again.
Padraig Harrington: The three-time major winner has resurfaced this season, but faces an uphill battle to be selected as a captain's pick by Jose Maria Olazabal.
As a player who has appeared six times in the event, Harrington is clearly a seasoned veteran when it comes to the Ryder Cup.
The fact that he made the cut at all four majors this season—and contended in the first two—doesn't hurt his cause, either.
However, according to a report by David Field of The Sun, Olazabal has hinted that he doesn't have much confidence in Harrington's game as it stands:
I’ve played with him a couple of times during this year and from tee to green his game has been fairly good. But I think his putting has let him down this year so far.
The Irishman has a lot to prove in the FedEx Cup playoffs to say the least, and The Barclays may even be his last chance to make his case for a spot.
Dustin Johnson: After losing his first three Ryder Cup matches 2010, Johnson responded by thrashing recent PGA Champion Martin Kaymer 6 & 4 in singles.
That encouraging end to his rookie experience should translate well for DJ this time around, provided he's given the chance to join the team.
Currently sitting at 15th in the Ryder Cup standings, Johnson missed a significant chunk of this season due to injury. That setback could cost him a shot.
If he can successfully defend his title at The Barclays this week, perhaps it will be a different story.
With four captain's picks at his disposal, Davis Love III should strongly consider Johnson for one of them, especially since he is primed for a fantastic FedEx Cup.
Hunter Mahan: In a thrilling duel with Rory McIlroy, Mahan came out on top in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship earlier this season.
Few players probably want to redeem themselves in the Ryder Cup more than Mahan, who lost the deciding singles match in 2010 to Graeme McDowell.
Mahan hasn't played well in recent weeks, but has proven to be built for the end of the season.
A shocking statistic by GolfChannel.com's Doug Ferguson reveals that Mahan has played 78 of 80 rounds since the FedEx Cup playoffs began in 2007. That's more than any other player.
While there is the perception that Mahan is virtually a lock for the team, nothing is guaranteed. If he doesn't show improvement soon, he may get passed by.
Don't count on it, though. Mahan would be as eager as any American to wrestle the Cup back into Team USA's grasp at Medinah.