Ryder Cup 2012: Singles Matches We'd Love to See

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 26, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Tiger Woods (R) and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland are seen in the 14th fairway during the first round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 20, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Singles matches at the Ryder Cup make up some of the most compelling moments in sports.

More often than not, as Team USA and Team Europe head into Sunday, the final day of the storied tournament, each team is still within striking distance of the title.

While the first two days are comprised of teamwork and all that junk, singles matches bring us back to the basics of golf, only in a much better way: one-on-one. No teammates, no tournament field, no RULES!!

OK, so there are rules. But one-on-one golf, with so much on the line, is easily one of the best things in the sporting world.

And if a third party got to choose the pairings, it might be even better. Just imagine these fake matchups.


Jim Furyk vs. Lee Westwood

AKA Grandpa vs. um, other Grandpa.

OK, so these guys are hardly old enough to be grandfathers (Furyk is 42, Westwood 39), but I'm pretty sure both of them were on the original Ryder Cup teams.

Furyk and Westwood will both be making their eighth appearance, but they've still yet to face each other in a singles match. That's like Bird and Magic never meeting in the Finals. 

Neither player is necessarily playing at his peak right now, as Westwood finished 30th—better known as dead last—at the Tour Championship while Furyk, although solid in the past few weeks, has been inconsistent this season.

Still, it would be a good way to honor these true veterans to have them take to the tees together (aloha, alliteration!). 


Bubba Watson vs. Nicolas Colsaerts

This is just a hunch, but I'm guessing you weren't expecting this matchup. 

Just know that the entertainment value in this matchup is sneaky high. 

Bubba Watson plays like he doesn't give an expletive, he's a funny tweeter, he has a pink driver, which he uses to send the ball a mile away and most of all, he's likely the first guy from Team USA you would pick to just have a beer with. 

And Colsaerts? Well, the young Belgian is basically the European version of Watson. He's probably the only one in the world who can consistently out-drive the American, he seemingly wears sunglasses 24-7 and he also has a relaxed vibe about him.

These are just simply two cool cats. If they were matched up against each other, I wouldn't put it past them to be shotgunning beers at every hole as they continue to out-drive each other.


Rory McIlroy vs. Tiger Woods

No. 1 vs. No. 2.

The "Next Tiger" vs. the "Real Tiger."

A guy playing out of his mind vs. a guy who used to play out of his mind and is now only playing "really well."

If I need to explain this one any further, I can't really help you. If these two actually matched up on Sunday, it would be like Tim Tebow getting a girlfriend. The media might explode.