Lehman adds Cink and Verplank to Ryder Cup team


AP Golf Writer

MEDINAH, Ill (AP) - Tom Lehman filled out the U.S. Ryder Cup

team Monday by taking Stewart Cink and Scott Verplank as his

captain's picks, hoping experience and accuracy will help his squad

end a dozen years of European dominance.

Cink was a captain's pick two years ago, and the 33-year-old has

been one of the few Americans to play well over the last two months

in moving up to No. 12 in the standings.

Verplank was a surprise.

He is straight off the tee and a solid putter, but he finished

the second round at the PGA Championship by making double bogeys on

two of his last three holes to miss the cut, and many thought that

was the end of his chances.

Lehman passed over Lucas Glover, a 26-year-old with tremendous

raw skill and power, but little experience; and Steve Stricker, who

tied for seventh Sunday at Medinah and is one of the best putters

on the PGA Tour.

Also left out was Davis Love III, ending his streak of playing

on every Ryder Cup team since 1993, the longest of any American.

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