American Ryder Cup skipper Corey Pavin will make his four captain's picks on Tuesday, rounding out the 12-man team that will take on the Europeans in Wales at the beginning of October.
The four picks have been the most anticipated as any in recent memory by a Ryder Cup captain.
First, Tiger Woods failed to qualify for the team. Another reason is the unusual inexperience of the eight that did qualify. Pavin is under the unique pressure of needing to add experience to the team, but he has few options of experienced players who deserve to be on the team.
Veterans like Justin Leonard, Chris DiMarco, Stewart Cink, and David Toms would be nice options for Pavin to add some experience, but none of these players have stepped up in 2010 and really earned a spot. Only Cink is deserving of an outside shot.
The eight already in are Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Jeff Overton, and Matt Kuchar.
Johnson, Watson, Overton, and Kuchar are all rookies. Mickelson, Furyk, and Stricker all have lost more Ryder Cup matches than they have won, and Mahan is just 2-0-3 in his one Ryder Cup appearance two years ago.
On the eve of the picks, here are Pavin's top 10 options for the four open spots to fill out his team.
The Ryder Cup will take place in Wales, beginning on October 1st.