Ryder Cup 2012: 5 Players Who Might Be Heroes

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Ryder Cup 2012: 5 Players Who Might Be Heroes
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Ryder Cup captains Jose Maria Olazabal and Davis Love III.

When the Ryder Cup commences in two weeks at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago, all the things we associate with the game of golf go out the window.

Played 40 weeks a year as an individual sport, this three-day team event is filled with tension.

What once was a routine American victory over the best golfers of Great Britain and Ireland has turned into a titanic struggle between the United States and Europe.

Two teams of 12 of the world’s best golfers spend three days in a pressure-packed venue. There will be goats and there will be heroes over the five sessions that make up the Ryder Cup.

For rookies like Keegan Bradley and Nicolas Colsaerts, intimidation may be a factor.

Grizzled veterans like Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson hope to contribute solid weeks, while Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are expected to thrive.

The crowds resemble something you would find at Soldier Field during a Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game.

Here are five golfers that might become heroes on that weekend.

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