Tiger Woods—The 2013 Player of the Year is making his eighth Presidents Cup start and needs to regain his top form to give the Americans the best shot at winning.
Woods has twice claimed the winning points for the United States in this event, including two years ago down in Australia. He has a solid 20-14-1 record in his previous seven appearances.
Phil Mickelson—Lefty seemed to be running on empty at the end of the year and never really challenged after his Open Championship victory in July. Just as it does with Tiger, the United States needs a rejuvenated Mickelson to fully capitalize on its talent advantage over the Internationals. The five-time major champion is 18-14-10 in nine previous appearances in the competition.
Steve Stricker—Stricker played a limited 2013 schedule, so he should be among the fresher golfers during the four days of this competition. His putting is a huge weapon in four-ball and foursome matches, especially if he is paired with good friend Tiger, who has struggled lately on the greens. The popular golfer is 11-8-0 in four Presidents Cup appearances.
Matt Kuchar—The six-time PGA Tour winner is among the most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour and can be successfully paired with myriad of players. He will look to improve upon his first Presidents Cup two years ago in which he went 1-3-1.
Zach Johnson—The former Masters champion is a top-flight player by any standard, and on this loaded American team, his accuracy and solid short game will be well appreciated. Despite a 4-5 record in two previous Presidents Cups, Johnson enters this event in solid form after winning the BMW Championship just a couple of weeks ago.
Hunter Mahan—The Texan just missed being a part of last year’s Ryder Cup team, so his motivation to play well in this competition is sure to be elevated. While Mahan hasn't won this year, he’s played well in big tournaments and will be counted on significantly this weekend.
Webb Simpson—The first of two captain's picks by Couples, Simpson nearly made the team on his own and was a natural selection. The 2012 U.S. Open champion made his first Presidents Cup start two years ago and tallied three points in five matches for the winning team.
Bill Haas—The 2011 FedEx Cup champion looks to redeem himself after a poor 1-3-1 showing in his first appearance in the competition two years ago. Haas may be the toughest member of the team to predict. When he is playing well he can score with the best. When he struggles he can disappear quickly.
Jordan Spieth—Knowing he had a veteran-laden squad, Couples took the popular gamble of adding Spieth as a captain’s pick. The 20-year-old becomes the first-ever PGA Tour rookie to make the Presidents Cup, but the Texan has already shown he has the moxie to handle big-time pressure.
Brandt Snedeker—It’s really hard to consider one of the best American golfers over the past couple years a rookie, but that’s what he is in terms of Presidents Cup experience. Expect the 2012 FedEx Cup champion to play anything but like a first-timer at Muirfield.
Keegan Bradley—The former PGA champion might not have Presidents Cup pedigree, but he made for a strong pairing with Phil Mickelson in the Ryder Cup last year. Expect him to be paired with Lefty this week and to deliver some key points for the Americans.
Jason Dufner—A mere two months after winning the PGA Championship, Dufner gets an opportunity to shine on the team stage in his first Presidents Cup appearance. The unflappable golfer will be a steadying force on Couples’ team.