Ryder Cup 2012: Keys to US Reclaiming Trophy

Ben LaymanCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2012

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during the third preview day of The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Golf Club on September 26, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The United States will look to bounce back in this year's Ryder Cup after losing to the European field in close fashion in 2010.  The field features some of the best golfers the country has to offer.

The European field also appears strong as well, so the United States have a significant challenge ahead of them.

Despite inclement weather, the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales delivered an exciting brand of golf that saw plenty of drama. Golf fans should expect even more excitement in this year's tournament because of the world-class golfers on each side.

Golfing for pride, rather than money, brings out a different kind of competitive spirit in these golfers that makes for must-see TV.

Here are a few keys to the United States reclaiming the Ryder Cup trophy:


Tiger Woods Must Dominate

Tiger has come a long way in the past few years to re-establish himself in the golf world.  The United States need Woods to have a better 2012 Ryder Cup after a forgettable performance in 2010.  

Woods and Steve Stricker combined to be a better pair for the United States than most thought they would be in 2010, however it wasn't good enough to gain any ground on the Europeans.  


Woods spoke about his woes in last year's tournament to Jonathan Wall of Yahoo! Sports:

"Well, certainly I am responsible for [the lack of success against Europe] because I didn't earn the points that I was put out there for," Woods said. "I believe I was out there, what, in five sessions each time and I didn't go 5-0 on our side. So I certainly am a part of that and that's part of being a team. I needed to go get my points for my team and I didn't do that. Hopefully I can do that this week, and hopefully the other guys can do the same and we can get this thing rolling."

The spotlight will be on Tiger this weekend, and the United States won't have a shot at taking the Cup if Woods struggles.


New Captains for Each Side

2010 captains Colin Montgomerie for Europe and Corey Pavin for the United States will be replaced this year. Davis Love III will handle the captain honors for the United States, and Jose Maria Olazabal will do the same for Europe.

The pairings these captains select will ultimately determine the outcome of this tournament.  The pairings are almost as vital as the golfing itself, and each captain must give careful consideration to their final decisions.


Tiger Needs Help

Tiger alone can't carry the United States. He's going to need help in a big way from fellow star golfers Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Bubba Watson. Mickelson, particularly, needs to show something in this tournament after he and Dustin Johnson struggled in 2010.

If the United States sees bounce-back performances from their best golfers this weekend, they should be able to reclaim the 2012 Ryder Cup Trophy.