I guess my nickname for Tiger of “Sunday Singles” no longer applies, but I will still take a look at each matchup and let you know who I think will win. It will be very exciting as the team play is over and Europe looks to come away with the Cup after leading 9.5-6.5 after Sunday’s session.
Steve Stricker (2-1-0) vs. Lee Westwood (2-0-1)
These guys are the counterpoints of each other and are two of the most consistent guys on the planet. However, Westwood has looked rock solid and I’ll give the edge to him.
Europe 10.5 – US 6.5
Stewart Cink (1-0-2) vs. Rory McIlroy (1-1-1)
Should be a very exciting matchup with two very different playing styles. Cink carried Kuchar for much of their partnership, while McDowell did a lot of the work for the McAttack. I think a lot of people will be looking at Rors for this one with his emotion and potential, but I think Cink will prevail.
Europe 10.5 – US 7.5
Jim Furyk (0-1-1) vs. Luke Donald (2-1-0)
This is another matchup to me that features mirrored players between Europe and US. Both are accurate iron-players who hit the ball similar distances who had amazing years. I think Donald looks a little better and I’ll give him the homefield advantage.
Europe 11.5 – US 7.5
Dustin Johnson (0-3-0) vs. Martin Kaymer (2-0-1)
This one shouldn’t even be close. Let’s just call it the Whistling Straits, Part 2. Kaymer, no question.
Europe 12.5 – US 7.5
Matt Kuchar (1-0-2) vs. Ian Poulter (2-1-0)
I want to give the edge to Poulter here, but Kuchar will be ready for this match and will take advantage of Poulter’s mistakes, where Kuchar will virtually have none. Push!
Europe 13 – US 8
Jeff Overton (1-2-0) vs. Ross Fisher (2-1-0)
Fisher played at his highest level here and does very well during match play (see, the Volvo World Match Play Championships). However, Overton has been great. I don’t see Fisher giving this one up.
Europe 14 – US 8
Bubba Watson (1-2-0) vs. Miguel Angel Jiminez (1-1-0)
Jiminez doesn’t have a great record in the Ryder Cup and I just didn’t see any flashes of great play from him. Bubba will get up for this match and had his moments over the past 3 days. Let’s give it to Bubba!
Europe 14 – US 9
*Tiger Woods (2-1-0) vs. Francesco Molinari (0-1-1) * swoosh special
Big match for Francesco. He didn’t play too well over the past two days, except for a few moments. Both players didn’t putt the ball well, but Tiger looked better off the tee and with his irons. Advantage, Woods, to improve his record to 3-1-0.
Europe 14 – US 10
Rickie Fowler (0-1-1) vs. Edoardo Molinari (0-1-1)
Edoardo looked like a great all around player today and yesterday. Fowler is too much of a wildcard for me to pick him. One Molinari brother needs to win.
Europe 15 – US 10
Phil Mickelson (0-3-0) vs. Peter Hanson (1-1-0)
I hate to sound like JMiller, but Phil is due. Phil has always surprised and it’s been hard to predict how he will play, but I’ll give him the win. However, Hanson has definitely made a name for himself at Celtic Manor.
Europe 15 – US 11.
Zach Johnson (1-1-0) vs. Padraig Harrington (2-1-0)
Paddy’s record is a lie. Fisher carried him and Paddy is the type of player that carries his baggage with him and his baggage is full of bad shots. ZJ for the win!
Europe 15 – US 12.
Hunter Mahan (1-1-0) vs. Graeme McDowell (1-1-1)
This will be a very exciting match. Both are emotional gamers who thrive on the big game. I could give the edge of McDowell because of simply winning at Wales. But I feel as though McDowell may be slightly tired, evening out the match. Push!
FINAL SCORE: Europe 15.5 – US 12.5
It should be a very exciting finish at Celtic Manor, as we’ve already had a historic and memorable Ryder Cup.