Overton Claims Spot on 2010 Ryder Cup Team USA
Aug. 17, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Hoosier Jeff Overton will represent the United States in the 2010 Ryder Cup, earning an automatic invite to America's team by finishing seventh in the Ryder Cup Points standings.
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"We are all thrilled for Jeff," said IU Men's Golf Coach Mike Mayer, who recruited Overton to the Bloomington campus. "This is quite the accomplishment and something he's always dreamed of. There is nothing like representing your country in an international competition of this magnitude."
Overton is one of eight American players to snag automatic bids, a star-studded group which includes (in order of finish): Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Overton and Matt Kuchar. The Team USA roster will become complete on Sept. 7 when team captain Corey Pavin fills the roster with his four captain's selections.
The Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales will serve as host to the 2010 Ryder Cup. Play is scheduled to run from Friday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 3.
"It's great having a Hoosier on the Ryder Cup team. I'm excited to see him walking down the fairway battling Team Europe," said Coach Mayer, who is traveling with Team USA to Wales for the event.
The Evansville, Ind., native and current Bloomington resident is no stranger to international competition. In 2005, Overton clinched the victory for Team USA at the Walker Cup by defeating Nigel Edwards, 1 up. He has additional experience donning the Red, White and Blue for the 2005 Palmer Cup.
Overton has been one of the hottest golfers in the world during the past few months, tallying a total of six top-10 finishes this season.
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