SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — After taking it on the chin from the Europeans within the Ryder Cup for a lot of the previous twenty years, the stage is about for the U.S.
With an 11-5 lead heading into Sunday, the U.S. workforce wants solely 3.5 factors in 12 singles matches to reclaim the Ryder Cup. It is the biggest lead heading into singles play since Europe had the identical benefit in 2004 and the largest for the People since a nine-point lead in 1975. No workforce has ever come again from greater than 4 factors down on the ultimate day.
The People are in search of back-to-back Ryder Cup wins on American soil for the primary time since successful at The Greenbrier in 1979 and PGA Nationwide Golf Membership in 1983.
Here’s a take a look at the singles matches and the large climb forward for Europe:
SCORE: UNITED STATES 11, EUROPE 5
Schauffele, a two-time runner-up in main championships and an Olympic gold medalist, has carried out exceptionally effectively on one other massive stage with a 3-Zero document as a Ryder Cup rookie. Based on analysis from ESPN Stats & Data, his three victories are probably the most by a captain’s selection since they had been launched in 1989. If Schauffele beats McIlroy, his 4 factors could be probably the most by a U.S. captain’s selection.
It has been a forgettable Ryder Cup for McIlroy, to say the least. He was anticipated to be one of many stars of the European workforce, however as an alternative has gone 0-Three and was held out of a session for the primary time in his profession. He misplaced two matches on the identical day for the primary time on Friday.
Odds: Schauffele -120; McIlroy +150; Tie +550
Prediction: Schauffele Four and three
Cantlay, the reigning FedEx Cup champion and PGA Tour Participant of the 12 months, is 2-0-1 in his Ryder Cup debut. His recreation has grown tremendously over the previous 18 months. Search for the previous UCLA star to be a serious champion quickly.
He’ll face a fierce competitor in Lowry, who gained The Open at Royal Portrush in 2019. He is among the greatest European gamers in windy situations. Why European captain Padraig Harrington did not play him in additional than two matches may be questioned when it is over. Lowry drained an 11-foot par putt on the 18th gap of Saturday’s four-ball match to carry off Harris English and Tony Finau.
Odds: Cantlay -125; Lowry +163; Tie +550
Rahm is the No. 1-ranked participant on the planet and has actually performed prefer it at Whistling Straits. If not for the regular play of Rahm and fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia, the Europeans’ six-point deficit could be even bigger. Rahm is 3-0-1 and his 3.5 factors are probably the most by a reigning world No. 1 at a single Ryder Cup. He has accounted for 70% of Europe’s factors — the very best proportion by any participant getting into the singles session since 1979. Rahm took down Tiger Woods 2 and 1 in his first singles match in Paris in 2018.
Scheffler, 25, does not but have a PGA Tour victory, however he is one of many recreation’s rising stars. He’ll want all the pieces he has to defeat Rahm, who has been higher than everybody on the planet for the previous yr. Any individual needed to play him, and Scheffler apparently drew the quick straw.
Odds: Scheffler +210; Rahm -162; Tie +550
Prediction: Rahm Three and a couple of
DeChambeau was the longest hitter off the tee on the PGA Tour final season, however Garcia can be sneaky lengthy, even at 41. Garcia ranked tied for 16th in driving distance with a 309.4-yard common and he has a big benefit in Ryder Cup expertise.
Garcia has gained 25 profession matches, probably the most in Ryder Cup historical past — two greater than Nick Faldo and three greater than Arnold Palmer. His 28.5 factors are additionally probably the most within the occasion’s historical past. DeChambeau earned his first full level in Saturday’s four-ball matches. Garcia is 4-4-1 in singles matches, however he’s 3-0-1 in his previous 4.
Odds: DeChambeau +100; Garcia +125; Tie +550
Prediction: Garcia 1 up
Morikawa, 24, gained on tour for the primary time in his eighth begin, then gained his first main in his PGA Championship debut. He gained his second main — The Open — in his eighth begin in a single. It is no shock that he is 3-Zero in his first Ryder Cup.
The primary Norwegian to compete within the Ryder Cup, Hovland might be going to be one of many stars of the European workforce for years to come back. He is among the most gifted younger gamers on the planet, even when his 0-3-1 document this week won’t mirror it. He is among the greatest ball strikers on the planet and can win massive within the not-too-distant future. His putter let him down at occasions over the primary two days right here.
Odds: Morikawa -110; Hovland +138; Tie +550
Prediction: Morikawa 1 up
Johnson, the No. 2 participant on the planet, has rediscovered his type in a giant approach after a not-so-great 2021 season. He’s the primary American to enter singles with an ideal 4-0-Zero document since 1979, when each Larry Nelson and Lanny Wadkins did it. He’s firing on all cylinders and might be tough to beat.
It has been a really disappointing efficiency for Casey, whom the Europeans might traditionally depend on to earn a minimum of a half-point in his matches. He’s 0-Three thus far this week. Casey is 1-1-2 in singles matches on the Ryder Cup; his final victory got here in opposition to Jim Furyk at The Okay Membership in 2006.
Odds: Johnson -162; Casey +210; Tie +550
Prediction: Johnson Three and a couple of
There have been questions on whether or not Koepka needed to be right here — he blamed the media for placing a unfavorable spin on his feedback about Ryder Cup week being hectic — however he has been totally engaged. He in all probability is not thrilled about his 1-2 document and may be trying to take out his frustration on Wiesberger, the primary Austrian to compete within the Ryder Cup and the lowest-ranked participant within the Official World Rating on both workforce. Koepka is 1-0-1 in singles on the Ryder Cup.
Odds: Koepka -175; Wiesberger +225; Tie +550
Prediction: Koepka Three and a couple of
Finau, a captain’s selection, actually appears as excited to be right here as any participant within the area. He performed higher on Friday than he did on Saturday. He’ll attempt to hand Poulter his first singles loss on the Ryder Cup. It may be Poulter’s final look as a participant within the occasion. Since 2004, Poulter, 45, has defeated Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson (additionally tied him), Matt Kuchar and present U.S. captain Steve Stricker. The guts and soul of the European workforce, Poulter may be an assistant captain in Rome in 2023 and captain at Bethpage Black in 2025.
Odds: Finau -125; Poulter +163; Tie +550
Thomas cares in regards to the Ryder Cup as a lot as some other participant. He is in all probability not happy together with his 1-1-1 document this weekend. He went 4-1 in Paris in his debut and beat McIlroy 1 up in singles. Hatton, a fiery Englishman, has fared higher than most of his teammates with a 1-1-1 document this week. He sank a putt on the 18th gap to tie a four-ball match on Friday after which teamed with Shane Lowry to win a four-ball match on Saturday. Hatton misplaced to Patrick Reed Three and a couple of in his singles match in Paris. Thomas’ placing must enhance for him to take down Hatton.
Odds: Thomas -137; Hatton +175; Tie +550
Prediction: Hatton 1 up
It is English in opposition to an Englishman. English, a U.S. rookie, was 1-1-Zero in foursomes and four-ball matches. Westwood, 48, is the oldest participant on Europe’s workforce and it will probably be his final Ryder Cup match. His 11 appearances on the Ryder Cup are tied with Nick Faldo for probably the most by a European participant. Westwood has gained 23 factors in his profession, however not a lot of his injury has are available singles, the place his document is 3-7. He is 0-2 this week and one other loss would give him 21 in his profession, which might tie Neil Coles (1961-77) and Christy O’Connor (1955-73) for many by a European participant. That is what occurs while you play within the Ryder Cup so typically.
Odds: English -110; Westwood +138; Tie +550
Spieth’s putter has let him down for a lot of the weekend, which is why he has a 1-2 document going into singles. He has by no means gained a singles match within the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup. He is a mixed 0-6. One of many heroes of the European workforce’s 17.5-10.5 victory in 2018, Fleetwood has didn’t earn a full level this yr. He’s 0-1-1. In Paris, he earned 4 factors by going 4-1. After successful every of his 4 matches in foursomes and four-balls with Italy’s Francesco Molinari, Fleetwood misplaced to Tony Finau 6 and Four in singles three years in the past.
Odds: Spieth -110; Fleetwood +138; Tie +550
Berger, among the finest ball strikers within the recreation, is 1-1 in his first Ryder Cup. Fitzpatrick remains to be looking for the primary level in his profession. The Englishman went 0-2 in his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine in 2016 and he is 0-2 this week. He’ll try and keep away from going 0-5 on Sunday in singles play. Based on ESPN Stats & Data analysis, solely 4 gamers have ever performed in a number of Ryder Cups and never earned a minimum of a half-point. Every of them represented Nice Britain and Eire earlier than European nations had been added in 1979: Tom Haliburton (1961-63), John Panton (1951-53, 1961), Alfred Padgham (1933-37) and Arthur Lacey (1933 and 1937).
Odds: Berger -110; Fitzpatrick +138; Tie +550
Prediction: Berger Three and a couple of