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Who would you pick for the Ryder Cup team? Take this blind test to find out

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

At this point, it's probably fair to assume that Keegan Bradley and Hunter Mahan are locks for two of U.S. captain Tom Watson's three wildcard picks for next month's Ryder Cup. They both have their downsides -- the two have just one combined PGA Tour win since 2012 -- but solid recent play and past experience means they'll both probably get on the team.

The problem is that leaves only one more spot for a bunch of other fairly prominent players.

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Another problem is that as soon as you start asking people who they might select, their minds automatically jump to the biggest names on the list. But that doesn't feel right, so we decided a blind test was the only fair way to do this. Answers are in bold at the bottom. If you want to be lame and find out the names first, feel free. If not, here are your five leading candidates. . .

PLAYER A

World Ranking: 39

Wins in 2013-2014 season: 1

Top tens in 2013-14 season: 7

Wins in 2013 season: 0

Major wins: 0

Ryder Cup Record: N/A

Presidents Cup record: N/A

Last five events: T-7, T-12, T-8, T-40, MC


PLAYER B

World Ranking: 42

Wins in 2013-14 season: 1

Top tens in 2013-14 season: 7

Wins in 2013 season: 0

Major wins: 0

Ryder Cup Record: N/A

Presidents Cup record: N/A

Last five events: T4, T39, T45, 72, T46


PLAYER C

World Ranking: 32

Wins in 2013-14 season: 1

Top tens in 2013-14 season: 8

Wins in 2013 season: 0

Major wins: 1

Ryder Cup Record: 2-2-0

Presidents Cup record: 5-3-2

Last five events: MC, T-31, MC, T-5, T-99


PLAYER D

World Ranking: 36

Wins in 2013-14 season: 0

Top tens in 2013-14 season: 3

Wins in 2013 season: 2

Major wins: 0

Ryder Cup Record: 1-2-0

Presidents Cup record: 2-3-0

Last five events: T-25, T-12, T-13, T-5, MC


PLAYER E

World Ranking: 30

Wins in 2013-14 season: 0

Top tens in 2013-14 season: 4

Wins in 2013 season: 1

Major wins: 0

Ryder Cup Record: N/A

Presidents Cup record: 3-5-2

Last five events: T-51, T-41, T-27, T-2, T-15





Have you made your selection? Are you sure? OK, here are the candidates, revealed. . .





Player A: Ryan Moore

No Ryder or Presidents Cup experience to speak of, but arguably putting together the best year of anybody else on the list.

Player B: Brendon Todd

Another experience-less player putting together a good season, but recent form could be a concern.

Player C: Webb Simpson

He's won a major and has experience representing his country, but it's been an iffy season, and his only win came in October 2013.

Player D: Brandt Snedeker

The only player on the win with two wins last season has experienced a slight up-tick in form recently, albeit from a fairly low base.

Player E: Bill Haas

Has the most world ranking points of anybody else listed and is trending up, but his lack of Ryder Cup experience will work against him.
 

  

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