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 - Europe
Darkhorse - NA
Last Week's Pick to Win (Bubba Watson) - Finished 14th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Morgan Hoffmann) - Finished tied for 27th
All eyes will be on Scotland next week, as the 40th Ryder Cup matches will be
staged at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort. Team USA will be led
by captain Tom Watson, while the Europeans have Paul McGinley at the helm. The
European team currently owns the Cup thanks to a 14 1/2 - 13 1/2 win at
Medinah Country Club in Illinois in 2012. The European team has dominated this
event in recent years, winning seven of the last nine Ryder Cups.
Europe will be led by world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who has dominated the game in
recent months. McIlroy has finished in the top-8 in six of his last seven
events. He won three straight tournaments starting with his third major title
at the British Open and ending with his fourth major conquest at the PGA
Championship. McIlroy finished tied for second last week at the PGA Tour
Jim Furyk is the top-ranked American at No. 5 in the world. The 44-year-old
has not won in four years but has had an outstanding season in 2014 despite
not coming up with a victory. Furyk has made the cut in all 21 events he has
played this year, including four runner-up finishes. He led the PGA Tour in
top-5 finishes with eight and finished third on the money list with just
under $6 million in earnings. Furyk finished tied for second with McIlroy
last week at the Tour Championship.
Lee Westwood is the most successful Ryder Cup player in the field. He owns a
18-13-6 record in his eight appearances. Sergio Garcia has also played well
with a 16-8-4 record in six appearances. However, Ian Poulter has dominated
in his four appearances. Poulter owns a 12-3 record for a winning percentage
of 82%, the best all-time on the European side. He has never been defeated
in singles play, winning all four of his matches.
Phil Mickelson has the most points earned by American players. Mickelson has a
record of 14-18-6 for 17 points. He will look to team up with Keegan Bradley
again this year, as the pair went 3-0 together at the 2012 Ryder Cup. They
also teamed up for a 2-1-1 record at the 2013 Presidents Cup.
There are six rookies playing this week, with three on each team. The
first-timers for the U.S. are Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker,
while Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher are the rookies
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 2012, Europe equaled the largest comeback in history on the final day,
overcoming a 4-point deficit to win. Europe won 8 1/2 out of 12 points on
Sunday and won the Cup outright at Medinah, when it looked like the United
States would win the event in a walk. Martin Kaymer defeated Steve Stricker,
1-up, to guarantee the Ryder Cup stayed with Europe. Stricker missed a
7-foot par save at 17 and needed to win the 18th to give the Americans any
chance. Stricker made a gutsy 8-footer to save par at the last, but when
Kaymer's 6-footer fell in, the comeback was complete and Europe matched the
1999 U.S. team at Brookline for the largest final-day comeback in Ryder Cup
history. The difference between the two comebacks was the U.S. was on home
soil for its Sunday miracle in 1999, while Europe pulled this off on the road.
Down 10-6 at the start of the singles, Europe front-loaded its lineup and the
stars produced. Luke Donald, Poulter, McIlroy, Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie won
the first five matches. Westwood, Garcia and Kaymer added the other points,
and that was enough for Europe.
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 6-foot putt on the 18th that
would have given Europe the Cup.
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
9-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 2016 Ryder Cup will be staged on American soil in Minnesota at Hazeltine
National Golf Club.
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