By DOUG FERGUSON
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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