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Bubba Watson leads seven-person U.S. Olympic golf team

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American golfer Bubba Watson tees off on the 8th hole at the 145th Open Golf Championship in Troon, Scotland July 15, 2016. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI
American golfer Bubba Watson tees off on the 8th hole at the 145th Open Golf Championship in Troon, Scotland July 15, 2016. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson leads the seven-person contingent selected to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 37-year-old Watson, who claimed the coveted green jacket at the Masters in 2012 and 2014, is a nine-time PGA Tour winner and has represented the United States on three Ryder Cup teams (2010, 2012, 2014) and two Presidents Cup sides (2011, 2015).

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The remaining American male contingent consists of Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed, with the trio combining for 14 PGA Tour victories - and no majors.

Former World No. 1 Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson and Gerina Piller will represent the women for the Americans.

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"We are extremely excited about the golf competition, and we are fortunate to have seven world class players representing the United States of America at the Olympic Games," USOC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun said. "I know they will make us proud. They already have."

Kuchar has seven PGA Tour victories to his credit, with The Players Championship in 2012 included on that list. The 38-year-old has represented the United States on six occasions - three times for both the Ryder Cup (2010, 2012, 2014) and the Presidents Cup (2011, 2013, 2015).

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Fowler has three PGA Tour victories under his belt, including The Players Championship in 2015. The 27-year-old has represented the United States on three occasions with a pair of Ryder Cup appearances (2010, 2014) and the Presidents Cup (2015).

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Reed has won four times on the PGA Tour. The 25-year-old has made one Ryder Cup (2014) and one Presidents Cup (2015) appearance.

A two-time LPGA Player of the Year, Lewis has won 11 LPGA titles - including the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship and 2013 Women's British Open. The 31-year-old has represented the United States at the Solheim Cup in 2013 and 2015.

Thompson has won seven LPGA titles, including a major at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship. The 21-year-old will be the youngest member representing Team USA in Rio.

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Piller has recorded eight top-10 finishes in 2016, including a second-place spot at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout in April.

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