When the USA was winning all the Ryder Cups we looked at the event like a friendly weekend outing with lots of laughs and maybe some beers at the end.
But since the Europeans started to lay the Americans out (winning six of the last eight cups) it has gotten serious.
The magic number at Medinah Country Club this weekend is 14 ½ points for the USA. Anything less and the Europeans once again skate with the Cup
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The Europeans won’t be kidding around early as Rory McIlroy will be in the first match. He teams with Graeme McDowell to play Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk in an alternate shot format.
Tiger Woods will be in the final match of the first round teamming with Steve Stricker to play Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.
How good are these guys?
Well, the bench for the USA in the opening matches includes Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson. Sitting for Europe: Nicolas Colsaerts, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer and Paul Lawrie.
Until Sunday’s single matches the first two days of the Ryder Cup is a study in chemistry.
So who are you picking to be hoisting the hardware?
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