Golf fans, we are only one day away from the start of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales, and there’s a lot of hype surrounding the event because of everything that has led up to this point. There’s the Rory McIlroy discussion of Tiger Woods. There’s the belief that the Europeans are the heavy favorites heading into this event, despite two U.S. players in particular being red hot as of late (Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk). So the real question is, who will win this event? I have no idea, but I’m gonna try to make an educated prediction.
In terms of overall talent from top to bottom, in my opinion, the Europeans have the better team. However, I think this will depend on how Lee Westwood plays. If he’s completely healthy, there’s no doubt that Westwood will be the most valuable member of this team, because he is the best player on this team. If he struggles though, that could cause some problems for the entire team.
The Europeans do have two players that have won majors this year (Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell), so they’ve proven that they can make clutch shots in pressure situations. Of course, the U.S. team has quite the clutch lineup themselves, as it’s kind of hard to bet against guys like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but it will all depend on which Tiger and Phil show up for this event.
But while the Europeans may have the better team, I’ve just got a feeling about this U.S. team. Tiger has been on the upswing as of late, and Phil seems due to have a big tournament sooner rather than later. Furyk is also riding a huge wave of momentum after winning the FedEx Cup, and Kuchar has been the most consistent player on tour in the last several months.
Add that in with the fact that veterans Stewart Cink, Steve Stricker, and Zach Johnson have all won big-time tournaments in their career, and you’ve got quite an impressive lineup on that side as well. And there will undoubtedly be a different kind of energy that players like Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler will bring to the table, which should give the U.S. a nice boost if they are struggling at times.
The U.S. team has more to prove I think, because there is a lot of mystery surrounding this team, particularly the top two. While I think the rest of the lineup can step up if the big two struggle, it would certainly be a whole lot better for them two to play well. So even though the Europeans have the pressure to win on their home turf, the U.S. has a lot of question marks that will have to be answered if they are to win the cup.
But again, I’ve just got a feeling about this U.S. Ryder Cup team. I think they will win, though this one will obviously be close, as most of these events are. I expect Tiger to play very well, and I believe for a second year in a row in team competition, Stricker will be the one that proves to be the most valuable member of the team.
So I’ve made my pick. Now it’s your turn. Who do you think win’s the 38th edition of the Ryder Cup?
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