Ryder Cup 2012: Final Rosters Give Edge to United States After Captain's Picks

Brian LendinoCorrespondent IISeptember 4, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04:  US Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III announces the Captain's Picks for the 2012 United States Ryder Cup Team at NASDAQ MarketSite on September 4, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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In a press conference today, United States captain Davis Love III announced his four captain's picks for the 39th edition of the historic Ryder Cup, and as expected the United States are the early favorite to win back the Cup when the tournament starts on September 28. 

Love's four captain's picks have been awarded to Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker. 

Now that the full rosters for both squads have been announced, let's take a look at both rosters to see just where the United States takes the advantage heading into Medinah.


USA Europe
Davis Love III (C) Jose Maria Olazabal (C)
Tiger Woods Rory McIlroy
Phil Mickelson Luke Donald
Matt Kuchar Martin Kaymer
Zach Johnson Lee Westwood
Webb Simpson Ian Poulter
Bubba Watson Nicolas Colsaerts
Keegan Bradley Paul Lawrie
Jason Dufner Graeme McDowell
Dustin Johnson Sergio Garcia
Jim Furyk Justin Rose
Brandt Snedeker Peter Hanson
Steve Stricker

Francesco Molinari


As you can see, Europe will unleash the beast that is Rory McIlroy at the top of their lineup, and coupled with other consistent players like Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose, the Europeans have a formidable squad. 

However, on paper, it is a bit top-heavy. Like I stated, it offers young guns like McIlroy and Donald—who are two of the top players of the world—but when you get into the meat of the roster, where exactly are you going to get needed points in crucial situations?

That's where the United States will excel. They bring even more consistency from top to bottom than the Europeans, and with the likes of Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and Webb Simpson, it's a US squad that's not to be trifled with. 

Admittedly, the captain's picks only solidified that fact by adding a major champion in Furyk and one of the tour's best putters in Brandt Snedeker.

The Ryder Cup is always fun, and much of the reason for that is because it usually doesn't end how you think it will. It's always full of surprises, upsets and collapses that leave us fans glued to our televisions.

With the consistency from top to bottom, level of experience and the fact that it is on home soil, it's a solid pick to believe the United States has what it takes to bring the Ryder Cup back to the homeland.