Prediction: US to win Ryder Cup in huge upset

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When you look at everything on paper,  how can Team Europe lose?

Playing in Wales at Celtic Manor on a course designed just for the The Ryder Cup aptly name ‘Twenty Ten’.  HRH Prince Charles (HRH means His Royal Highness) has visited with both teams, but mainly as a show of support for the Europeans.  This is labeled as the highest profile sports event in Wales history.

The last time Team America won in Europe was 1993.  In 2010 of the 37 PGA Tour events this year only 19 were American winners.  This years four majors had only one American winner, Phil Mickelson at The Masters.

Team Europe’s first time Captain, Colin Montgomerie, has had one of the finest careers in European Tour history, having won the Order of Merit a record eight times with 31 European Tour victories and one of the best records in Ryder Cup history. During his eight Ryder Cup appearances, ‘Monty’ has the second best record ever, the best held by Sir Nick Faldo.

With all of that said, Montgomery does have the dubious distinction of one of the most accomplished players to have never won a major championship but managed five runner-up finishes.  His relationship with the galleries, mainly in America, has been strained as he comes off as having a reputation for being misrable on he golf course with a temper.  For the sake of Team Europe, Montgomery needs to keep his current positive attitude intact..

Team America has a Captain playing the ‘David’ of this Goliath matchup in Corey Pavin.  This is Corey’s first time as Captain. He represented America three times in the Ryder Cup and was a member of the 1993 team which was the last American team to win in Europe.

One of the shortest hitters in professional golf, Pavin is a gutsy player with 15 PGA Tour wins to his credit and a U.S.Open win.

The teams with the player’s World Rankings

September 2010, the last assessment issued before the Ryder Cup. The average ranking of the American team was 17.3 and that of the European team was 18.3.

Flag of the United States.svg Team USA
Name Age Points
rank
World
ranking
Notes
Corey Pavin 50 Non-playing captain
Phil Mickelson 40 1 2 8th appearance
Hunter Mahan 28 2 14 2nd appearance
Bubba Watson 31 3 24 Ryder Cup rookie
Jim Furyk 40 4 5 7th appearance
Steve Stricker 43 5 4 2nd appearance
Dustin Johnson 26 6 12 Ryder Cup rookie
Jeff Overton 27 7 48 Ryder Cup rookie
Matt Kuchar 32 8 11 Ryder Cup rookie
Zach Johnson 34 11 19 Captain’s pick, 2nd appearance
Tiger Woods 34 12 1 Captain’s pick, 6th appearance
Stewart Cink 37 14 35 Captain’s pick, 5th appearance
Rickie Fowler 21 20 33 Captain’s pick, Ryder Cup rookie
Flag of Europe.svg Team Europe
Name Age Points
rank (W)
Points
rank (E)
World
ranking
Notes
Scotland Colin Montgomerie 47 Non-playing captain
England Lee Westwood 37 1 1 3 7th appearance
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 21 2 3 9 Ryder Cup rookie
Germany Martin Kaymer 25 3 2 6 Ryder Cup rookie
Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell 31 4 4 13 2nd appearance
England Ian Poulter 34 7 5 16 3rd appearance
England Ross Fisher 29 14 6 27 Ryder Cup rookie
Italy Francesco Molinari 27 10 7 32 Ryder Cup rookie
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez 46 11 8 26 4th appearance
Sweden Peter Hanson 32 13 9 42 Ryder Cup rookie
Italy Edoardo Molinari 29 5 10 15 Captain’s pick, Ryder Cup rookie
England Luke Donald 32 6 16 8 Captain’s pick, 3rd appearance
Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington 39 8 12 22 Captain’s pick, 6th appearance

 

The Ryder Cup is held over three days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – with three distinct formats all in Match Play.

There are four foursome (alternate shot) matches and four four-ball matches on Day 1 Friday, and the same schedule on Day 2 Saturday. Four-balls will be played in the morning on both Friday and Saturday and foursomes in the afternoon each day.

In a year where the Americans have seen their domination of the game continue to decline, we have a team of tough players who never give up.

I think this will be where Tiger finds himself and relaunches his future in golf.  I predict Colin will show outward irritation, and the Americans will continue to make his life misrable – and it will be contagious to his team.  Corey Pavin will have the sling prepared with the rock that will hit this Goliath of a team.

The Americans will win their second Ryder Cup in a row in the biggest upset in sports for 2010.

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