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"To have 24 players of the top 36 is mind-boggling," Furyk said. "As Davis said, really happy with our team. It's really strong, but we have our hands full. There's a strong team on the other side, and we'll have to play them real tough."
Europe has won six of the past eight times, but only twice on American soil in the past 20 years.
If some of the picks were a surprise, Love sounded as though this was the group he wanted all along. He had dropped strong hints that Stricker and Furyk, who had qualified for the past 14 U.S. teams (Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup) would be on his side. Turns out he was leaning toward Snedeker and Johnson, too.
"I laid it out early on what I thought we needed, and we stuck with it," Love said. "I need Jim Furyk. I need Steve Stricker. All of the guys on the team will benefit from those guys being in the team room, being in the locker room. And then you can't argue with the golf that Brandt and Dustin have been playing."
Love said his idea for how the team was coming together did not change much from Kiawah Island, the final qualifying event.
"Who we were thinking about didn't really change much," he said. "I think it just solidified with Brandt and Dustin, that they really played well under the pressure. They just confirmed what we were thinking. They held up under tough pressure. They played a lot of great golf since the PGA Championship. I think we were just delaying the inevitable, waiting until the last minute to study for the test. I think we were pretty close back at the PGA."
Furyk is the only player on the U.S. team who has not won this year.
Snedeker and Johnson had a short season to qualify for the team. Snedeker had a rib injury that forced him to miss five tournaments he typically plays, including the U.S. Open.
In his second event back, he tied the course record at Royal Lytham & St. Annes with a 64 to take the 36-hole lead, and wound up tied for third with Woods. After failing to make the team, Snedeker was runner-up at Bethpage Black and sixth at the TPC Boston.
"Needless to say, it's been a couple pressure-packed weeks for me but it's all worth it," Snedeker said. "I look forward to getting to Medinah and trying to make Davis look like a genius."
Johnson missed nearly three months in the spring, including the Masters. Two weeks after he returned, he won the St. Jude Classic, extending his streak of winning at least one PGA Tour event every season since leaving college.
Not since Woods has a player had a streak that long. Johnson tied for third at The Barclays and tied for fourth with Mickelson last week at Boston.
"I thought I made my case pretty solid," Johnson said.
Europe completed its team last week -- McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Peter Hanson, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer. Jose Maria Olazabal used his two captain's picks on Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts.
Europe will have only one rookie -- Colsaerts, one of the game's longest hitters.
"They're going to be tough, they are every year," Love said. "I'll tell you this, I love my team."
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