With the first round of the wild action at the 2012 Ryder Cup out of the way, Team USA looks to keep their winning ways going as they move into Day 2 of the team tournament.
If you haven’t watched much of the Ryder Cup in the past or are just a casual golf fan, you should be tuning into this event and falling in love.
For those fans who already know what I’m talking about, Day 2 will be even more exciting than the opening day of competition.
Despite the benching of Tiger Woods, Saturday's action will feature the world’s best going head-to-head every single hole. This kind of competition is just too good to miss!
Where: Medinah Country Club, Chicago, IL
When: Saturday, September 29
Stars Who’ll Shine Saturday
At just 26 years old, there is little doubt that Keegan Bradley is one of the brightest young stars on tour, but he will have to continue playing excellent golf if he wants to walk away with Team USA as Ryder Cup champions.
Bradley had trouble with consistency in the few tournaments he has played over his young career so far, but a stellar start to this event and the calming presence of Phil Mickelson in his pairing has made the tournament easier to handle.
With all the momentum on his side, it is imperative that Bradley realizes the magnitude of his play and doesn’t get overwhelmed by it. If the young star can keep an even keel, there is no question he could be one of the biggest pieces to a surprise American win.
While we haven’t talked about the Europeans much, they are still the far more talented of the two sides and could get red-hot at any moment. The biggest key to the Europeans’ success will be Rory McIlroy.
Arguably the hottest player in the world, McIlroy has the power to dominate any foursome or singles event and steal a win for his team. It will take the rest of the Europeans stepping up as well, but expect Rory to come out of the gate playing excellently.
If the Europeans see their biggest star struggling early, though, it may be a shot to their team confidence and the opening Team USA need to bury the Europeans for good.
The U.S. Crowd
There are so many factors that go into winning this event, but saying the crowd doesn’t have an influence is naïve; the U.S. crowd has been very vocal and has given the players something to feed off.
As we saw from Mickelson and Bradley on Day 1, getting the crowd involved can not only get under the skin of the Europeans, but it can give the Americans the kind of confidence that leads to wins.
The crowds will only increase in size as the competition continues, and the noise they make may be the difference for the Americans.
If Team USA can control their emotions and feed off their environment, a win for the red, white and blue in front of the home crowd could be an amazing moment in golf history.
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