Ryder Cup 2008 | Azinger picks Stricker, Mahan, Holmes and Campbell

Published:

USA Ryder Cup team captain Paul Azinger has made Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan, JB Holmes and Chad Campbell his four picks for this September's match-up in Valhalla.

Campbell, Zinger's final pick, is the only one of the four with previous Ryder Cup experience, having played in 2004 and 2006, and is carrying some good form that has seen him climb back up the world rankings to number 53.

Stricker, the first pick named, had been widely expected to claim his place in the team. Despite going all season without a win, he has maintained his place in the world's top 10 with top-10 finishes at The Open and two WGC events, including the Accenture World Matchplay.

Mahan's inclusion may come as somewhat of a surprise after he made headlines with negative comments about the competition in July. The 26-year-old claimed players are "just a slave that week" and warned that it might reach a point where they refused to take part.

Finally, big-hitting JB Holmes will be a valuable addition to the team as the Kentucky native knows Valhalla like the back of his hand and is sure to apply plenty of pressure to his opponents off the tee.

Full American team:
Phil Mickelson
Stewart Cink
Kenny Perry
Jim Furyk
Anthony Kim
Justin Leonard
Ben Curtis
Boo Weekley
Steve Stricker
Hunter Mahan
JB Holmes
Chad Campbell

 

 

 Ryder Cup 2008 Preview & News

 

 Ryder Cup 2008

Ryder Cup 2008 Fantasy Golf League
Join our Free Ryder Cup Fantasy Golf League and not only spice up the Ryder Cup bu also give yourself a chance of sharing in our £5,000 golf prize pot!

 
 

 Ryder Cup 2008

The Latest Ryder Cup News Stories
Check out all the latest Ryder Cup 2008 news...

 
 

 Ryder Cup 2008

Ryder Cup Forum
Join in the Ryder Cup 2008 debate by visiting our Ryder Cup forum and making your opinions and feelings heard!

 
 

 Ryder Cup 2008

Ryder Cup Golf Polls
Do you think you know who will win the Ryder Cup 2008 or who has the best golf swing? If so tell us here!

 
 

 Ryder Cup 2008

Ryder Cup Valhalla Golf Course Guide
Find out what lies ahead for this year's Ryder Cup players with our in depth Valhalla golf course guide.

 
 

 Ryder Cup 2008 

Ryder Cup Matchplay Golf Tips
Watching the Ryder Cup Matchplay format makes you want to play a matchplay game yourself. We've created a special Matchplay golf tips video series to help you play better.

 

 Ryder Cup 2008

Ryder Cup Betting Tips
Fancy making this year's Ryder Cup exciting with a flutter or two? Find out who to back with Paddy Power's own betting expert tips.

 

 Ryder Cup 2008

How To Win The Ryder Cup
Golf World talks to former winning captains about what you need to do to win the Ryder Cup.

 

 Ryder Cup 2008

Ryder Cup Player Interviews
Want to know what the players are thinking and feeling? Read extracts from Golf World's exclusive interviews here.

 

 Ryder Cup 2008

Ryder Cup Nick Faldo Interview
We talk to Ryder Cup Captain Nick Faldo about this year's event and find out how confident he is of success.

 

 Ryder Cup 2008

Ryder Cup Nick Faldo Golf Tips
Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo shares his top golf tips with you as part of our Ryder Cup 2008 preview special.

 

 Ryder Cup 2008

Ryder Cup TV guide
Want to know when you can watch the Ryder Cup? It's all here.

 

 Ryder Cup 2008

Ryder Cup Clothing Designer Interview
What the Ryder Cup teams are wearing is always a talking point and we find out what we can expect direct from the supplier to the European team.