Europe Ryder Cup Team 2012: Team Roster, Captain's Picks and Selections

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Europe Ryder Cup Team 2012: Team Roster, Captain's Picks and Selections
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As the 2012 Ryder Cup draws closer at Chicago’s historic Medinah Country Club, Team Europe captain Jose-Maria Olazabal brings a team that will not be defeated easily.

Always known as a team that bonds very well and are generally friendly outside of the Ryder Cup, the Europeans are the holders of the Cup after their win at Celtic Manor in Wales two years ago.

For the first time in recent memory, Team Europe will boast the current No. 1 player in the world in Rory McIlroy and three former No. 1s in Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.

Known as the better team in the foursome and fourball events because of the friendships that are paired together, on paper it looks like Europe is also pretty strong for the singles matches that will determine the Ryder Cup come Sunday afternoon.

Here is Captain Olazabal’s team for this weekend’s Cup. There are 10 players that automatically qualified either here in the United States or on the European PGA Tour and two captain’s picks made by Olazabal selected after the Wyndham Championship.

Remember, American captain Davis Love III had four picks of his own as only eight American golfers automatically qualify.

Here is the lineup for Team Europe.

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