Rookies Could Decide 2012 Ryder Cup Outcome

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Rookies Could Decide 2012 Ryder Cup Outcome
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Ryder Cup Captains Jose Maria Olazabal and Davis Love

When the Ryder Cup teams meet at Medinah Country Club just outside of Chicago the USA team will have four rookies. 

European team captain José Maria Olazábal will have a much more experienced team with only one rookie member.

It might be the understatement of the century to say the European Ryder Cup team is loaded.  So much so that when Olazabal made his picks, he left out a three-time major champion Padraig Harrington and chose instead a Ryder Cup rookie, Nicolas Colsaerts.

The European Team has four players currently in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

In addition, all of the Europeans have had Ryder Cup experience except for Colsaerts.  They all have had very good campaigns in 2012, with the exception of Martin Kaymer, and he is showing signs of regaining the form that made him the 2010 PGA Champion.

USA team captain Davis Love III will have to decide how to pair veteran players with his four rookies.  Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson qualified for the team via points; Brandt Snedeker was chosen by Love as a captain's pick ahead of Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. 

Snedeker proved Love a genius by winning the Tour Championship at East Lake and the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus this weekend.

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