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DATES: Friday, October 1st through Sunday, October 3rd
SITE: Celtic Manor Resort (Twenty Ten Course), Newport, South Wales
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Jr and European Golf Design (2007)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,378
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 465 Yds10 - Par 3 210 Yds
2 - Par 5 610 Yds11 - Par 5 562 Yds
3 - Par 3 189 Yds12 - Par 4 458 Yds
4 - Par 4 461 Yds13 - Par 3 189 Yds
5 - Par 4 433 Yds14 - Par 4 485 Yds
6 - Par 4 422 Yds15 - Par 4 377 Yds
7 - Par 3 213 Yds16 - Par 4 499 Yds
8 - Par 4 439 Yds17 - Par 3 211 Yds
9 - Par 5 580 Yds18 - Par 5 575 Yds
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36 3,812 Yds35 3,566 Yds
 
Biennial:  38th
Television:  ESPN - Friday -- 2:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday -- 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 7 a.m.-1 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  United States
Schedule of Play:  Match Play, including foursomes, 2-man teams in alternate
  shot four-ball, 2-man teams in better ball singles, 18
  holes of match play
Scoring:  Victory in a match scores one point. When a match goes 18 holes
  without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.
Series Standing:  United States (25-10-2)
Captains:  Corey Pavin (United States)
  Colin Montgomerie (Europe)
Assistant Captains:  Paul Goydos, Tom Lehman, Davis Love III,
  Jeff Sluman (United States)
  Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Sergio Garcia,
  Paul McGinley (Europe)
 
Past Ryder Cup Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Course
2008United States (16 1/2 - 11 1/2) -- Valhalla GC, Kentucky
2006Europe (18 1/2 - 9 1/2) -- The K Club, Ireland
2004Europe (18 1/2 - 9 1/2) -- Oakland Hills CC, Michigan
2002Europe (15 1/2 - 12 1/2)-- The Belfry, England
2001Not Held due to the tragedies of September 11
1999United States (14 1/2 - 13 1/2) -- Country Club, Massachusetts
1997Europe (14 1/2 - 13 1/2) -- Valderrama GC, Spain
1995Europe (14 1/2 - 13 1/2) -- Oak Hill CC, New York
1993United States (15 - 13) -- The Belfry, England
1991United States (14 1/2 - 13 1/2) -- Kiawah Island, South Carolina
1989Tie (14 - 14) -- The Belfry, England
1987Europe (15 - 13) -- Muirfield Village, Dublin, Ohio
1985Europe (16 1/2 - 11 1/2) -- The Belfry, England
1983United States (14 1/2 - 13 1/2) -- PGA National, Palm Beach, Florida
1981United States (18 1/2 - 9 1/2) -- Walton Heath, England
1979United States (17 - 11) -- Greenbrier, West Virginia
1977United States (12 1/2 - 7 1/2) -- Royal Lytham, England
1975United States (21 - 11) -- Laurel Valley GC, Pennsylvania
1973United States (19 - 13) -- Muirfield, Scotland
1971United States (18 1/2 - 13 1/2) -- Old Warson CC, St Louis, Missouri
1969Tie (16 - 16) -- Royal Birkdale, England
1967United States (23 1/2 - 8 1/2) -- Champions GC, Houston, Texas
1965United States (19 1/2 - 12 1/2) -- Royal Birkdale, England
1963United States (23 - 9) -- East Lake CC, Atlanta, Georgia
1961United States (14 1/2 - 9 1/2) -- Royal Lytham, England
1959United States (8 1/2 - 3 1/2) -- Eldorado CC, California
1957Britain (7 1/2 - 4 1/2) -- Lindrick GC, Yorkshire, England
1955United States (8 - 4) -- Thunderbird CC, Palm Springs, California
1953United States (6 1/2 - 5 1/2) -- Wentworth GC, Wentworth, England
1951United States (9 1/2 - 2 1/2) -- Pinehurst CC, North Carolina
1949United States (7 - 5) -- Ganton GC, Scarborough, England
1947United States (11 - 1) -- Portland GC, Portland, Oregon
1945Not Held due to World War II
1943Not Held due to World War II
1941Not Held due to World War II
1939Not Held due to World War II
1937United States (8 - 4) -- Southport & Ainsdale GC, England
1935United States (9 - 3) -- Ridgewood CC, Ridgewood, NJ
1933Britain (6 1/2 - 5 1/2) -- Southport & Ainsdale GC, England
1931United States (9 - 3) -- Scioto CC, Columbus, Ohio
1929Britain (7 - 5) -- Moortown GC, Leeds, England
1927United 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.

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Competing Teams
PlayerTeam
Stewart CinkUSA
Rickie FowlerUSAJim FurykUSADustin JohnsonUSAZach JohnsonUSA
Matt KucharUSA
Hunter MahanUSA
Phil MickelsonUSAJeff OvertonUSA
Steve StrickerUSABubba WatsonUSA
Tiger WoodsUSA
Luke DonaldEUR
Ross FisherEUR

Peter HansonEUR
Padraig HarringtonEUR
Miguel Angel JimenezEUR
Martin KaymerEUR
Graeme McDowellEUR
Rory McIlroyEUR
Edoardo MolinariEUR
Francesco MolinariEUR
Ian PoulterEUR
Lee WestwoodEUR
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - United States
Darkhorse - NA
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (European Tour) Peter Hanson - Did not start
Last Week's Darkhorse (European Tour) Gonz. Fernandez z-Castano - Finished T-46
 
NOTES:
All eyes will be on Wales this week, as the 38th Ryder Cup matches will be staged on the Twenty Ten Course at the Celtic Manor Resort. Team USA will be led by captain Corey Pavin, while the Europeans have Colin Montgomerie at the helm. The American team currently owns the Cup thanks to a 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 win at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky in 2008. The European team has dominated this event in recent years, winning five of the last seven Ryder Cups.

It took nine years, but the United States finally won back the Ryder 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. But that changed when Furyk lagged a birdie putt from 25 feet inside four feet. Jimenez had 20 feet for birdie to extend the match, but missed. The Spaniard conceded the putt, which gave the U.S. back the Ryder Cup. 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 also received four picks, a change from two, and those four went 6-3-5 for the week.

It wasn't as simple as the final score indicated in 2008. Europe was very much in it, but it was actually Kentuckian and captain's pick, J.B. Holmes who got the U.S. close. The Americans had 12 1/2 points and Holmes and Soren Hansen were all-square with three to go. Holmes hit an awful drive that turned out to be playable. He knocked a wedge to four feet and holed the birdie putt to move 1-up with two to play. At 17, Hansen went over the green with his approach. Holmes hammered another long drive and hit his second to three feet. Hansen could not hole his birdie chip, then Holmes kicked in the short one to get the win and push the U.S. to the brink of victory. That was left for Furyk, the second-most seasoned American Ryder Cupper with six appearances. His match with Jimenez was all-square at the turn, but Furyk won 10, 11 and 13 to move 3-up. When Furyk and Jimenez halved 15 with birdies, the Americans were guaranteed at least a halve. Jimenez took the 16th after Furyk landed in a bunker, but the halve at 17 gave the U.S. a much-needed victory.

When Luke Donald rolled in a three-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 Ryder Cup -- again. The European side captured the Ryder 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 for 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 four-iron in the Saturday foursomes. Scott Verplank aced the 14th with a three-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 Montgomerie.

Lee Westwood is the most successful player in the field. He owns a 14-10-5 record in his six appearances in this event. Sergio Garcia has dominated at the Ryder Cup with a 14-6-4 record in five appearances, but he did not make the European squad this year and will serve as an assistant captain. Phil Mickelson has the most points earned by an American player with a 10-14-6 mark for 13 points. Hunter Mahan is the only player on the American team with a winning Ryder Cup record (2-0-3).

There are plenty of rookies in the field as a total of 11 newcomers are playing this week. The first-timers for the U.S. are Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Jeff Overton and Bubba Watson. The first-time European players are Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Edoardo Molinari and Francesco Molinari.

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.

The 2012 Ryder Cup will be staged on American soil in Illinois at Medinah Country Club's No. 3 course in suburban Chicago.

09/27 13:03:04 ET

As of September 27, 2010, at 01:03 PM ET