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PGA of America, European - Ryder Cup Matches Preview

Friday, September 26th through Sunday, September 28th
Gleneagles Resort (PGA Centenary Course), Perthshire, Scotland
Course Architect: | Par: 72 | Yardage: 7,243

Hole By Hole

Front Nine: Par 36 3,751 Yds

  • 1 - Par 4 426 Yds
  • 2 - Par 5 516 Yds
  • 3 - Par 4 431 Yds
  • 4 - Par 3 211 Yds
  • 5 - Par 4 461 Yds
  • 6 - Par 3 201 Yds
  • 7 - Par 4 468 Yds
  • 8 - Par 4 419 Yds
  • 9 - Par 5 618 Yds

Back Nine: Par 36 3,492 Yds

  • 10 - Par 3 208 Yds
  • 11 - Par 4 350 Yds
  • 12 - Par 4 445 Yds
  • 13 - Par 4 481 Yds
  • 14 - Par 4 320 Yds
  • 15 - Par 4 463 Yds
  • 16 - Par 5 518 Yds
  • 17 - Par 3 194 Yds
  • 18 - Par 5 513 Yds

Tournament Info

Television
GolfChannel - Friday -- 2:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (ET), NBC - Saturday -- 3 a.m.-1 p.m. (ET), - Sunday -- 7 a.m.-1 p.m. (ET)
Defending Champion
Europe
Schedule of Play
Match Play, including foursomes, 2-man teams in alternate shot four-ball, 2-man teams in better ball singles, 18 holes of match play
Scoring
Victory in a match scores one point. When a match goes 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.
Series Standing
United States (25-12-2)
Captains
Tom Watson (United States) Paul McGinley (Europe)
Assistant Captains
Raymond Floyd, Andy North, Steve Stricker (United States) Des Smyth, Sam Torrance, Jose Maria Olazabal, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Europe)

Past Winners

2012

Winner:
Europe (14 1/2 - 13 1/2)
Runner Up:
Medinah Country Club, Illinois

2010

Winner:
Europe (14 1/2 - 13 1/2)
Runner Up:
Celtic Manor Resort, Wales

2008

Winner:
United States (16 1/2 - 11 1/2)
Runner Up:
Valhalla GC, Kentucky

2006

Winner:
Europe (18 1/2 - 9 1/2)
Runner Up:
The K Club, Ireland

2004

Winner:
Europe (18 1/2 - 9 1/2)
Runner Up:
Oakland Hills CC, Michigan

2002

Winner:
Europe (15 1/2 - 12 1/2)
Runner Up:
The Belfry, England

2001

Winner:
Not Held due to the tragedies of September 11
Runner Up:

1999

Winner:
United States (14 1/2 - 13 1/2)
Runner Up:
Country Club, Massachusetts

1997

Winner:
Europe (14 1/2 - 13 1/2)
Runner Up:
Valderrama GC, Spain

1995

Winner:
Europe (14 1/2 - 13 1/2)
Runner Up:
Oak Hill CC, New York

1993

Winner:
United States (15 - 13)
Runner Up:
The Belfry, England

1991

Winner:
United States (14 1/2 - 13 1/2)
Runner Up:
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

1989

Winner:
Tie (14 - 14)
Runner Up:
The Belfry, England

1987

Winner:
Europe (15 - 13)
Runner Up:
Muirfield Village, Dublin, Ohio

1985

Winner:
Europe (16 1/2 - 11 1/2)
Runner Up:
The Belfry, England

1983

Winner:
United States (14 1/2 - 13 1/2)
Runner Up:
PGA National, Palm Beach, Florida

1981

Winner:
United States (18 1/2 - 9 1/2)
Runner Up:
Walton Heath, England

1979

Winner:
United States (17 - 11)
Runner Up:
Greenbrier, West Virginia

1977

Winner:
United States (12 1/2 - 7 1/2)
Runner Up:
Royal Lytham, England

1975

Winner:
United States (21 - 11)
Runner Up:
Laurel Valley GC, Pennsylvania

1973

Winner:
United States (19 - 13)
Runner Up:
Muirfield, Scotland

1971

Winner:
United States (18 1/2 - 13 1/2)
Runner Up:
Old Warson CC, St Louis, Missouri

1969

Winner:
Tie (16 - 16)
Runner Up:
Royal Birkdale, England

1967

Winner:
United States (23 1/2 - 8 1/2)
Runner Up:
Champions GC, Houston, Texas

1965

Winner:
United States (19 1/2 - 12 1/2)
Runner Up:
Royal Birkdale, England

1963

Winner:
United States (23 - 9)
Runner Up:
East Lake CC, Atlanta, Georgia

1961

Winner:
United States (14 1/2 - 9 1/2)
Runner Up:
Royal Lytham, England

1959

Winner:
United States (8 1/2 - 3 1/2)
Runner Up:
Eldorado CC, California

1957

Winner:
Britain (7 1/2 - 4 1/2)
Runner Up:
Lindrick GC, Yorkshire, England

1955

Winner:
United States (8 - 4)
Runner Up:
Thunderbird CC, Palm Springs, California

1953

Winner:
United States (6 1/2 - 5 1/2)
Runner Up:
Wentworth GC, Wentworth, England

1951

Winner:
United States (9 1/2 - 2 1/2)
Runner Up:
Pinehurst CC, North Carolina

1949

Winner:
United States (7 - 5)
Runner Up:
Ganton GC, Scarborough, England

1947

Winner:
United States (11 - 1)
Runner Up:
Portland GC, Portland, Oregon

1945

Winner:
Not Held due to World War II
Runner Up:

1943

Winner:
Not Held due to World War II
Runner Up:

1941

Winner:
Not Held due to World War II
Runner Up:

1939

Winner:
Not Held due to World War II
Runner Up:

1937

Winner:
United States (8 - 4)
Runner Up:
Southport & Ainsdale GC, England

1935

Winner:
United States (9 - 3)
Runner Up:
Ridgewood CC, Ridgewood, NJ

1933

Winner:
Britain (6 1/2 - 5 1/2)
Runner Up:
Southport & Ainsdale GC, England

1931

Winner:
United States (9 - 3)
Runner Up:
Scioto CC, Columbus, Ohio

1929

Winner:
Britain (7 - 5)
Runner Up:
Moortown GC, Leeds, England

1927

Winner:
United States (9 1/2 - 2 1/2)
Runner Up:
Worcester CC, Massachusetts

Top Contenders

Player

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
NOTES: 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 Championship. 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 for Europe. 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 Europeans. 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. 09/22 11:38:25 ET