United States (9 - 3) -- Scioto CC, Columbus, Ohio
Britain (7 - 5) -- Moortown GC, Leeds, England
United States (9 1/2 - 2 1/2) -- Worcester CC, Massachusetts
Note:Ryder Cup was not held in 2001 due to the tragedies of September 11.
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - United States
Darkhorse - NA
Last Week's Pick to Win (Rory McIlroy) - Finished tied for 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ryan Moore) - Finished tied for 3rd
All eyes will be on Illinois this week, as the 39th Ryder Cup matches will be
staged at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago. Team USA will be led by
captain Davis Love III, while the Europeans have Jose Maria Olazabal at the
helm. The European team currently owns the Cup thanks to a 14 1/2 - 13 1/2 win
at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales in 2010. The European team has dominated this
event in recent years, winning six of the last eight Ryder Cups.
Europe will be led by world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who has dominated the game in
recent months. McIlroy has won three of his last five events on the PGA Tour,
including his second major title at the PGA Championship. World No. 2 Tiger
Woods will lead the way for the Americans. Woods has three PGA Tour victories
this year and has finished in the top eight in his last three events.
Lee Westwood is the most successful Ryder Cup player in the field. He owns a
16-11-6 record in his seven appearances. Sergio Garcia has dominated with a
14-6-4 record in five appearances. He returns this year after not making the
team in 2010.
Phil Mickelson and Woods have the most points earned by American players.
Mickelson has a record of 11-17-6 for 14 points, while Woods has compiled a
mark of 13-14-2 for 14 points. The Americans do not have a single player with
a winning record on the team.
There are five rookies playing this week, with four on the United States team.
The first-timers for the U.S. are Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson
and Brandt Snedeker, while Nicolas Colsaerts is the lone rookie for Europe.
The format has the teams playing four Foursome and four Four-ball matches
Friday and Saturday and then play wraps up with 12 singles matches on Sunday.
In 2010, Europe won the Cup by a single point on Monday when Graeme McDowell
secured the winning point in the anchor match against Hunter Mahan. McDowell
won the 17th hole to give Europe the 14 1/2 points it needed to reclaim the
Cup it lost in 2008. With the matches tied at 13 1/2 apiece, McDowell needed a
full point to give Europe the Cup. A halve in the last match would have given
the Cup back to the U.S. based on its victory in 2008. After he made a mess of
No. 15 en route to a loss of the hole, McDowell poured in a 15-foot birdie
putt on the 16th to win and go 2-up with two to play. He knocked his tee shot
at the par-three 17th right of the hole on the collar. Mahan nervously left
his tee ball well short of the putting surface. Facing enormous pressure,
Mahan chunked his chip short of the green. McDowell putted his second four
feet short of the flag stick. Mahan needed to make his putt and hope McDowell
missed to have a chance. Mahan's putt never threatened the hole, and he walked
over and shook McDowell's hand to concede their match, 3 & 1, and the Cup to
The 2010 matches were the first time the Cup came down to the final singles
match since 1991, when Bernhard Langer missed a six-foot putt on the 18th that
would have given Europe the Cup. It was the closest Ryder Cup since Brookline,
Massachusetts in 1999.
It took nine years, but the United States finally won back the Cup in 2008.
Jim Furyk beat Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2 & 1, in singles at Valhalla to get the
United States the necessary 14 1/2 points to win the Cup. The U.S. claimed a
16 1/2 - 11 1/2 win, which was the largest margin of victory for the Americans
since 1981. It was the first win for America in this competition since 1999.
Europe had taken three in a row, including the previous two by record-setting
nine-point margins. For U.S. Captain Paul Azinger, it was validation for all
the work. He got the PGA of America to change the points system in order to
get the hottest players at the time of the matches. Azinger received four
picks, a change from two, and those four went 6-3-5 for the week.
When Luke Donald rolled in a 3-foot putt at the 17th hole in 2006 to win his
match against Chad Campbell, that gave Europe 14 1/2 points, the number needed
to win the Cup -- again. The European side captured the Cup by a final score
of 18 1/2 - 9 1/2, which matched the largest margin of victory by its side
that was established the last time around in 2004 at Oakland Hills. All
totaled, Europe pounded the Americans in singles, winning 8 1/2 - 3 1/2, the
largest margin of victory in singles ever for a European team. The European
side captured all five sessions, a feat accomplished for the first time by
either team since the inception of the current format in 1979. This was
another historic victory for the Europeans. It was the third straight win for
that team, which is the first time that happened for the European side. The
European team had inspirational leadership from Darren Clarke, who went 3-0
for the week, just one month after the death of his wife, Heather, from
cancer. The U.S. team only won six matches out of the 28 played for the week.
There were two holes-in-one at the 2006 Ryder Cup, both coming at the 14th
hole. Paul Casey aced the 14th with a 4-iron in the Saturday foursomes. Scott
Verplank aced the 14th with a 3-iron in Sunday's singles. Verplank's hole-in-
one was the sixth in Ryder Cup history and first by an American.
The 2004 Ryder Cup was anti-climatic, as the Euros drubbed the United States
on the South Course at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills,
Michigan. Captain Bernhard Langer's squad opened up an impressive 11-5
advantage after the first two days and then won 7 1/2 out of a possible 12
singles points on the final day for the win.
In 2002, Paul McGinley drained the clinching putt when he saved par from seven
feet out on the 18th hole to halve his match with Furyk. The European side
gained 7 1/2 points in 12 singles matches to cruise to the win.
The Europeans last loss prior to 2008 came in 1999 at The Country Club in
Massachusetts. That win for the United States team is most remembered for the
wild celebration set off when Justin Leonard holed a lengthy birdie putt on
the 17th green in his battle against Jose Maria Olazabal that led to the
halving of their match. That halve clinched the Cup for the Americans. In a
classy move after that wild scene, the late Payne Stewart conceded his match
to Colin Montgomerie.
The 2014 Ryder Cup will be staged on European soil in Scotland at Gleneagles
09/24 14:23:36 ET
As of September 24, 2012, at 02:23 PM ET
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