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Ryder Cup - Does the USA finally win?

Posted on September 25, 2014 by admin

The matches for the opening session of fourballs are set with the first match teeing off at 6:35 am local time or 2:35 am EDT. Gleneagles, Scotland is hosting and Team USA is the prohibitive underdog.

Team Europe has World Number 1 Rory McIlroy leading the charge and he is joined by Europe's most dynamic Ryder Cup player Ian Poulter, a winner of seven straight matches and a 4 - 0 record at Medinah.

Leading Team USA is Phil Mickelson who has appeared in 9 previous Ryder Cups but only has a 45% percent winning record. The team also has three rookies and all of them are playing in the opening matches. Two of them have been paired up, Jordan Spieth & Patrick Reed, the youngest pairing in Ryder Cup history.

Notable absences in the first round from Team USA are Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar, who are Nos. 4 and 9 in the world and actually sound like a really good fourball team! Team Europe is also sitting out a couple of veterans in Westwood and McDowell.

The Matches:

Justin Rose & Henrik Stenson vs. Bubba Watson & Webb Simpson

Pretty tough to pick Team USA in this one despite the amicable partnership of Bubba and Webb.

Thomas Bjorn & Martin Kaymer vs. Ricky Fowler & Jimmy Walker

Team USA in an upset, Ricky has been playing great golf and will lead the team to an early victory.

Stephen Gallacher & Ian Poulter vs. Jordan Spieth & Patrick Reed

Team USA wins in a close match featuring three rookies, Poulter's due for a loss.

Sergio Garcia & Rory McIlroy vs. Keegan Bradley & Phil Mickelson

Sorry Phil, your overall record doesn't improve with this match but more opportunities upcoming!

Round one ends in a 2 - 2 Tie in a pretty good start for the underdog.

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