When Woods won the PGA Championship in 2006, only Steve Stricker of the current Ryder Cup team made the top ten, finishing tied seventh (eight shots behind Tiger).
Although Stricker has not been "lighting up" the golf world this year, he won the Tournament of Champions back in January and has enjoyed six top-ten finishes. He has played well in all four major tournaments and has only missed one cut all year.
He is renowned for his accuracy, both off the tee and on the fairway; and if Stricker's putter can get as hot as we know it can be, the Europeans will have their work cut out to beat him.
Stricker will want to make sure that his contribution to the team is at least on a par with his 2010 performance. He was on the winning team twice in three appearances that he made in partnership with Woods in the Foursomes & Fourballs and won his Singles match, 2&1 against Lee Westwood.
He won the Ryder Cup in 2008 and his experience will be an invaluable asset to Team USA. A wise head on veteran shoulders, Stricker will be a great motivator off the course and a great inspiration for the rookies. It would be no surprise to see him lead by example and be at the top of the individual points table come Sunday evening.