2010 Ryder Cup Golf , The Twenty-Ten Course, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales
Team USA vs Team Europe
Friday, October 1, 2010-Sunday, October 3, 2010, TV: ESPN, Friday, 2:30 am-1:00 pm Eastern, NBC, Saturday 8:00 am-6:00 pm Eastern, NBC, Sunday, 7:00 am-1:00 pm Eastern
Here are the members of both teams. The Europeans have Luke Donald, Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter, and Lee Westwood. The Americans have Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton, Matt Kuchar, Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, and Tiger Woods. The fact that Woods is a Captain’s pick speaks volumes about the inconsistency of his play this season. He did not win an event this season, and if he were able to help the U.S. retain the Cup in a hostile environment , that would help him on the road to recovering his game.
The two teams will play foursomes and fourball for the first two days and then singles on Sunday. Foursomes means that each player alternates shots with his teammate. Player A hits the tee shot, player B takes the second shot, and so on until the hole is played out. Fourball means both players play their own ball, and the lowest score takes the hole. If one American gets a par, and the other a birdie. the Americans would get a birdie on the hole. All Ryder cup matches are played under match play rules rather than stroke play.
Currently our friends at bodog sportsbook have the Europeans -175 to win the cup, USA is +175, and a tie is +1000. The Europeans are 7-4-1 since 1985 in the Cup. They have the won the last three on European soil. The USA did win the Cup two years ago in a surprising upset, but hadn’t won it since 1999 before that. The USA has not won in Europe since 1993. There are 11 players playing in their first Ryder Cup, including 6 Europeans and 5 Americans. Two years ago, the Americans depended heavily on first timers as they accounted for 13 out the team’s 16 1/2 total points.
The European team is so stacked that world top 10 player Paul Casey and two-time PGA tour winner this year Justin Rose were not even able to crack the line-up. They are heavily favored against a young US team, and the crowd will definitely be hostile. Despite all that I will take the Americans in an upset. Yes, i understand that might be my patriotism clouding my judgment, but I really do believe the Americans can win.
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Team USA led by Captain Corey Pavin tries to retain the Ryder Cup against Colin Montgomerie’s tough European squad. The Americans won two years ago in Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, KY without Tiger Woods who missed the second half of that year recovering from knee surgery. This year’s event is being held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales on the Twenty Ten course. The course was specifically designed to host this event, and is somewhat unfamiliar to the Americans. Though it did host the European PGA Tour Wales Open in June, and event won by European team member Graeme McDowell who also won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach this year.