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Ryder Cup Updates

SNEDEKER A FOURTH MULTIPLE WINNER: With his victory Sunday in the Tour Championship, Brandt Snedeker became the fourth and final player on the 2012 United States Ryder Cup Team to win multiple times on the PGA Tour this year. Snedeker, who has two wins this year, joined Tiger Woods (three victories), and Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, who had two victories apiece in 2012. The 12-man U.S. Team won a combined 16 PGA Tour events in 2012, including two major championships (Bubba Watson at the Masters and Webb Simpson at the U.S. Open). Jim Furyk is the only player on the U.S. Team who did not win in 2012. EUROPEAN TEAM VICTORIES: Rory McIlroy's four worldwide victories, highlighted by the 2012 PGA Championship, are tops among the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team. In all, nine of the Europeans have won a total of 15 worldwide titles in 2012. Luke Donald, Paul Lawrie and Lee Westwood (two victories each) are the other members of the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team to have more than one win this year. Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter are the three members of the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team who have not won in 2012. ONLY THREE RETURN FROM 2008 VICTORIOUS U.S. TEAM: Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker are the only players on the 2012 United States Ryder Cup Team who were part of the Team that won the Ryder Cup in 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., the last time it was contested in the States. FEWEST EUROPEAN ROOKIES SINCE 1989: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is the only player on the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team without any previous Ryder Cup experience. The last time there was only one "rookie" on the European Team was in 1989, when Ronan Rafferty of Northern Ireland made his lone Ryder Cup appearance. COLSAERTS' OLYMPIC CONNECTION: In addition to being the first golfer from Belgium to appear in the Ryder Cup, Colsaerts has quite a sporting pedigree. His great-grandfather was an Olympian in two sports, basketball and water polo, at the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium. A TALE OF TWO LONNNGGG HITTERS: If length off the tee is a major factor at this Ryder Cup, each team has the longest driver on his tour. Colsaerts leads the PGA European Tour with a driving distance average of 317.7 yards, slightly better than the 315.5 yards that Bubba Watson averages to pace the PGA Tour. American Dustin Johnson is fourth on the PGA Tour driving distance list, at 310.2 yards, followed by Rory McIlroy of Europe, who is fifth, at 310.1.

STRONG ON THE GREENS, TOO: Brandt Snedeker leads the PGA Tour in Putts Per Round, with Zach Johnson of the United States ranked 10th in that category and Ian Poulter of Europe 11th. On the PGA European Tour, Peter Hanson is currently fourth in Putts Per Round. SCOTLAND is the host country of the 2014 Ryder Cup, which will be played at Gleneagles for the first time. The only other time that the Ryder Cup was played in Scotland was in 1973, at Muirfield.

JUNIORS IN FREE TUESDAY-THURSDAY: A reminder that juniors age 17 and under will be admitted free of charge to the grounds at Medinah on all practice round days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) if accompanied by a ticketbearing adult.

VETERANS ON THE BAG: Mike "Fluff" Cowan of Potomac, Md., who works on the bag for Jim Furyk, is making his 11th Ryder Cup appearance, the most of any current caddie for either team in the 39th Ryder Cup. Craig Connelly, who works for Martin Kaymer, leads the current European Team caddie corps by making his fifth Ryder Cup appearance.

VOLUNTEER FORCE: There are 4,229 volunteers working at the 39th Ryder Cup, with 75 percent (3,164) from Illinois. There are 45 states represented and 14 countries (including the United States): Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. There are 288 members of the Illinois PGA Section, who will work 521 shifts from Monday through Sunday at Medinah Country Club.

PAST CAPTAINS, CELEBRITIES TEE IT UP TUESDAY: The first-ever Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble will take place Tuesday here at Medinah. Past Ryder Cup Captains will join celebrities and Chicago sports legends to play 10 holes of Medinah’s Course No. 3 as part of a team in a scramble format. The event begins at 1 p.m., with Past Ryder Cup Captains Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Dave Stockton, Hall Sutton, Lee Trevino and Lanny Wadkins scheduled to participate. Celebrities who are slated to tee it up are Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Michael Phelps and George Lopez, while Chicago Sports Legends who are expected are Ernie Banks, Richard Dent, Stan Mikita and Scottie Pippen.

WEATHER LOOKING GOOD: The forecast for the week is promising, with partly cloudy and mostly sunny skies expected through Sunday. Daily highs should range from 67-77 degrees Fahrenheit and lows are expected to range from 49-53 degrees. RYDER CUP MEMORIES: The Champions Tour asked several players who have had the distinction of competing in a Ryder Cup to reminisce about their time participating in the pre-eminent team event in golf. Brad Faxon, who played for the United States in 1995 and '97, was asked, "What is your best memory of any of the Ryder Cups you played in?" “I think the first time you play in the Ryder Cup and the sense of pride for making the team to represent your country and wearing the colors is pretty special. I’ll never forget people asking me if I was nervous and I remember the first day at Oak Hill (in 1995) in the practice round going out in the first group out for the Americans, and I was playing with Corey Pavin, Loren Roberts and Peter Jacobsen. On the first tee was President Bush, just out of office, and Byron Nelson ... It

was unbelievable and that’s my best memory, the pride you had. Whether you win or lose, how many people remember you as a Ryder Cupper and congratulate you for being on the team. It is a big accomplishment and all the guys should be very proud if they make the team.” Bernhard Langer, who participated on 10 European Ryder Cup Teams and captained the victorious European Team in 2004, was asked, "Do you have a memory that stands out for you in all the Ryder Cups you've played on?" “I played on 10 Ryder Cup teams and obviously was on the winning team five times and on the losing team five times. If I have to pick one memory, I would say Muirfield Village [in 1987] because it was the first time we won on U.S. soil. It was Jack Nicklaus' home course and the U.S. Team had played there many times and we didn't know the course as well. And then my captaincy in 2004, at Oakland Hills. Those two were extremely special weeks.”