Maybe Davis Love III got it right. Maybe this will be the year the U.S. once again trumps Europe in the Ryder Cup.
The Europeans may have won seven of the last 10, but perhaps the 2012 version of Team USA will prove to be the winning formula.
Over the next few days, we will see lots and lots of golf—28 matches, to be exact. Whoever finishes with the most points at the end of the weekend wins the Cup, and in the event of a tie, the most recent champion retains possession.
From September 28 to September 30, here is how it will work (CBSSports.com is to thank for this comprehensive breakdown): On Day 1, there are eight matches between pairs of competitors. Four of them will be best-ball, and four of them will be alternate shot. On Day 2, there are another eight matches of the same variety.
On Sunday—the final day of reckoning—we'll see 12 singles matches, so there's lots of opportunity to pick up points there.
The pairings and singles matches are expected to be announced on Thursday.
In 2010, Europe won 14.5 to 13.5. The last time the U.S. won was in 2008, by a margin of 16.5 to 11.5. The last time the U.S. won two Cups in a row was in 1991 and 1993, and the last time the two sides tied was in 1989.
Until we know more about the pairings that we can look forward to over the next few days, here's a look at the rosters for each side, as well as where and when you can catch the action on TV.
|1||Keegan Bradley||Nicolas Colsaerts|
|2||Jason Dufner||Luke Donald|
|3||Jim Furyk||Sergio Garcia|
|4||Dustin Johnson||Peter Hanson|
|5||Zach Johnson||Martin Kaymer|
|6||Matt Kuchar||Paul Lawrie|
|7||Phil Mickelson||Graeme McDowell|
|8||Webb Simpson||Rory McIlroy|
|9||Brandt Snedeker||Francesco Molinari|
|10||Steve Stricker||Ian Poulter|
|11||Bubba Watson||Justin Rose|
|12||Tiger Woods||Lee Westwood|
TV Schedule (via CBSSports.com)
|Friday, Sept. 28||Pairs: Best ball, alternate shot||ESPN||8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Sept. 29||Pairs: Best ball, alternate shot||NBC||9 a.m. - 7 p.m.|
|Sunday, Sept. 30||Singles matches||NBC||12 p.m. - 6 p.m.|
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