Ryder Cup 2012: 5 Singles Matches We Can't Wait to Watch

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Ryder Cup 2012: 5 Singles Matches We Can't Wait to Watch
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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

It's been two years since Europe narrowly defeated the United States to claim the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales. Since that time, the anticipation has been building for a similarly thrilling encore performance.

In what is likely to be one of the most exciting Ryder Cup matches in the 85-year history of the event, the stage has moved to U.S. soil and Medinah Country Club just outside Chicago for the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Months of planning and preparation, including difficult decisions in assembling the best teams possible, have only fueled the fire for this biennial battle.

The U.S. team is comprised of Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods.

Team Europe is comprised of Nicolas Colsaerts, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood.

These golfers are among the best in the world, and they will take part in what should be an incredible three days of action.

The Friday and Saturday foursomes and four-balls should be exciting to watch and will set the tone for the entire event. Inevitably, though, the Ryder Cup will come down to the singles matches on Sunday.

With this much talent, the list of potentially great battles runs deep. But here are five singles matches we can't wait to watch.

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