Published Tuesday, 04 September 2012
US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III names his wildcards. (© Getty)
Rookie Brandt Snedeker proved to be a bold choice for Love - who already has three other first-timers on board - but he's also added experience in the form of Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker.
Dustin Johnson rounds out the line-up and has been hailed by his captain as "probably the best athlete on the team".
All four men spoke of their delight at getting the chance to play at Medinah, near Chicago in Illinois, later this month.
"I'm so excited to be on this team - it's going to be such great experience for me to be in my first Ryder Cup," Snedeker said, vowing to do his best to impress.
I'm looking forward to getting to Medinah and trying to make Davis look like he's a genius.
The wildcards join the eight players who have already qualified on points for the US team - namely Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and rookies Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Jason Dufner.
They're going to be seeking revenge on Europe for the 2010 defeat at Celtic Manor by just a point.
"It was tough to leave anybody off - we could have gone very deep this year down the points list," Love admitted.
"We're looking to match guys up, we're looking for pairings, we're looking to plug some holes, we're looking to add some experience, add some putters ... These guys all fill those roles perfectly.
"I can't tell you how excited I'm going to be for the next 22 days to talk to these guys, work with these guys, and get ready to play some golf."
Olazábal's side includes Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, while Darren Clarke is a vice-captain.
Last week, he named Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts as his final wildcards, meaning Dubliner Padraig Harrington missed out on a Ryder Cup place for the first time since his debut in 1999.
The action tees off at Medinah on 28 September.