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Team USA player profiles for this year's Ryder Cup

As the 40th Ryder Cup prepares to start on Friday, we take a look at the 12 players who will represent United States at Gleneagles.

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KEEGAN BRADLEY

Age: 28

World ranking: 26

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2012)

Ryder Cup record (Won-Lost-Halved) : 3-1-0

A star performer in the last Ryder Cup matches at Medinah, Bradley was a predictable captain's pick from Tom Watson, despite failing to show his best form in 2014. The 2011 US PGA Championship winner struck up a fine partnership with Phil Mickelson two years ago and can be expected to team up with the left-hander once again. Bradley heads to Gleneagles well-rested, having withdrawn from the BMW Championship earlier this month after admitting to feeling uncomfortable over an embedded ball situation in his first round - a decision that ultimately cost him a place in the season-ending Tour Championship.

RICKIE FOWLER

Age: 25

World ranking: 10

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2010)

Ryder Cup record: 0-1-2

Fowler will feature in his second Ryder Cup four years after making his debut at Celtic Manor at the age of 21. The Floridian - who has this week hit the headlines for shaving the letters USA into his hair - failed to win a match on that occasion, but will be looked upon to play a leading role this time around following a series of excellent performances on golf's biggest stages. Top-five finishes in all four of this year's majors suggest the ever-improving Fowler, a disciple of coach Butch Harmon, is unlikely to buckle under pressure.

JIM FURYK

Age: 44

World ranking: 4

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 8 (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)

Ryder Cup record: 9-17-4

The oldest player on either side, Furyk boasts a Ryder Cup record that could be described as surprisingly modest for a man of his undoubted ability. The 44-year-old has only won one fourballs match in 10 attempts, losing eight, although he has at least claimed victory in half of his eight previous singles encounters. The 2014 season has seen Furyk contend for titles on a regular basis, but he remains without a PGA Tour win since the 2010 Tour Championship.

ZACH JOHNSON

Age: 38

World ranking: 16

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 3 (2006, 2010, 2012)

Ryder Cup record: 6-4-1

Another US player to have impressed at Medinah last time out, Johnson is a reliable performer benefiting from a simple swing and a wonderful short game. He has achieved consistent results through a precise and methodical approach, making up for the fact he is far shorter than most of his rivals off the tee. Johnson appears ideally suited to foursomes and won both of his matches in that format two years ago alongside Jason Dufner.

MATT KUCHAR

Age: 36

World ranking: 9

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010, 2012)

Ryder Cup record: 3-2-2

Like Johnson, Kuchar has been among the most consistent players on the PGA Tour for a number of years. His Ryder Cup participation was briefly placed in doubt when he withdrew from last month's US PGA Championship with a back problem, but he has since made a full recovery. Kuchar's long-term caddie, Lance Bennett, will be involved at Gleneagles. Bennett took time out following the sudden death of his wife Angela on August 27, but has opted to be involved at Gleneagles.

HUNTER MAHAN

Age: 32

World ranking: 21

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2008, 2010)

Ryder Cup record: 3-2-3

The resurgent Mahan returns to Ryder Cup duty, having missed the 2012 matches, in fine form. Victory in The Barclays last month represented a timely sixth PGA Tour triumph for the Texan, who was duly named as a wildcard pick by US captain Watson. A part of the victorious United States team in 2008, Mahan's most recent Ryder Cup contribution was a duffed pitch on the 17th hole of his singles match with Graeme McDowell at Celtic Manor in 2010 that ensured Europe regained the trophy.

PHIL MICKELSON

Age: 44

World ranking: 11

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 9 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006. 2008, 2010, 2012)

Ryder Cup record: 14-18-6

United States' biggest name in the absence of Tiger Woods, Mickelson has featured in each of the last nine Ryder Cups, but has only been on the winning side on two occasions. Having claimed three points from as many matches in tandem with Bradley two years ago, the five-time major winner was involved in a pivotal singles match with Justin Rose that ultimately went in the European's favour. Mickelson pulled out of the BMW Championship at the beginning of the month, stating: "My primary goal is to rest and prepare for the Ryder Cup".

PATRICK REED

Age: 24

World ranking: 27

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: None

Ryder Cup record: N/A

Reed is one of three Team USA rookies, but is unlikely to feel out of place when he takes to the course at Gleneagles. The youngster attracted criticism from certain quarters in March when, after claiming the Cadillac Championship at Doral, he stated his belief that he was "one of the top five players in the world". Those comments came before Reed had played in his first major and highlighted the self-confidence of a player boasting three PGA Tour titles.

WEBB SIMPSON

Age: 29

World ranking: 33

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2012)

Ryder Cup record: 2-2-0

A debutant at Medinah, Simpson was preferred to the likes of Brandt Snedeker and Chris Kirk as one of Watson's wildcard selections this time around. United States' captain claimed to have had a "revelation" on the morning he announced his picks, highlighting Simpson's emphatic fourball triumphs with Bubba Watson two years ago as a key factor. US Open champion in 2012, Simpson has struggled for consistency this year, missing the cut in three of the four majors.

JORDAN SPIETH

Age: 21

World ranking: 13

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: None

Ryder Cup record: N/A

Arguably the brightest young talent in American golf, Spieth was the PGA Tour's rookie of the year in 2013 and further enhanced his reputation by finishing in a tie for second at this year's Masters. The youngest competitor at Gleneagles featured in last year's Presidents Cup, claiming two points from four matches, and now faces the challenge of delivering on his promise under even greater pressure.

JIMMY WALKER

Age: 35

World ranking: 19

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: None

Ryder Cup record: N/A

A maiden Ryder Cup appearance will round off a remarkable 12 months for Walker, who few would have expected to make the US team this time last year. After 187 winless starts on the PGA Tour, the Oklahoma-born Walker enjoyed a stunning start to the 2014 PGA Tour season, winning three of his first eight events to all but seal a place at Gleneagles with months to spare. His subsequent form has been solid rather than spectacular, with seven top-10 finishes but no further victories.

BUBBA WATSON

Age: 35

World ranking: 7

Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 2 (2010, 2012)

Ryder Cup record: 3-5-0

The Masters champion in 2012 and 2014, Watson finished top of the US points list and is likely to be buoyed by the inclusion of Simpson, whom he partnered to good effect at Medinah. The left-hander's aggressive and often erratic style marks him out as a seemingly risky foursomes selection, but Watson will hope to flourish in the fourball format. To do so, he will need to overcome a modest record on British soil, which has seen him miss the cut in half of his six Open Championship appearances.

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