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Thu Sep 25, 2014 19:17:13PM |
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If you listen to the odds makers, it seems as if Team USA's obituary at this years Ryder Cup has been written before the first golf swing is even taken. A cascade of factors seem to be going against them, making more than a few people wonder if Team USA has it in them to pull off a big win. I kind of have to admit that I'm about as pessimistic as everyone else.
Let's look at a couple things that don't seem to be in Team USA's favor:
Home team advantage
--Scottish courses are much different than they typical American golf course. The sand traps are brutal and the greens are not forgiving whatsoever. Add in the fact that rain and a strong wind is virtually guaranteed and you can understand why Team USA hasn't won in Europe since 2008.
Team USA is getting old--
Never mind the fact that Tiger Woods is sitting this year's tournament out. Team USA would have been far older than the young European team with or without him. The highest ranked player on Team USA is Jim Furyk, who is currently at number four in PGA rankings.
Regardless of the long odds, I'll still be rooting hard for Team USA this weekend.
Here's the match ups for tomorrow's first round of action:
Team Europe--Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson
Team USA--Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson
Team Europe--Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer
Team USA--Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker
Team Europe--Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter
Team USA--Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed
Team Europe--Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy
Team USA--Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley
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