The United States enters Sunday's final round with a 10-6 lead in the 2012 Ryder Cup, and barring a poor round from many of his players, American captain Davis Love III will be celebrating the country's 26th tournament win.
Love's squad won five of their eight matchups on Saturday to take a commanding tournament lead, but as we have often seen in the past, a few bad holes to start the final round could set the stage for an epic collapse.
Friday and Saturday's rounds featured two-vs.-two matchups, but Sunday's round changes to one-on-one matchups, and there are some key battles to pay attention to.
Luke Donald versus Bubba Watson is an important one for the Europeans. Donald is 1-2 in the three matchups he's participated in thus far, and as one of the most talented players on the European team, he has to perform better.
Sergio Garcia will take on Jim Furyk, which is another must-win for team Europe. Furyk is one of the most dependable players on the American team, so Garcia needs to defeat him for team Europe to have a chance to win.
The most important matchup for Europe is Rory McIlroy versus Keegan Bradley. European captain Jose Maria Olazabal needs his best player to give the team a much-needed victory from this matchup.
McIlroy will be the third European player to tee off on Sunday, so a great round from him could cut into the Americans' lead, and give his teammates the confidence that they will need to complete an amazing comeback.
The United States has won two of the last three Ryder Cups played on home soil, so there's no question that they benefit from playing in front of their home fans. This will be a factor again on Sunday because you can bet that the crowd will provide the Americans with the energy they need to close the deal and win the tournament.
Let's look at a complete list of Sunday's tee times for an exciting final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Sunday Tee Times
|Time (ET)||Golfer (Europe)||Golfer (USA)|
|11:03 a.m.||Luke Donald||Bubba Watson|
|11:14 a.m.||Ian Poulter||Webb Simpson|
|11:25 a.m.||Rory McIlroy||Keegan Bradley|
|11:36 a.m.||Justin Rose||Phil Mickelson|
|11:47 a.m.||Paul Lawrie||Brandt Snedeker|
|11:58 a.m.||Nicolas Colsaerts||Dustin Johnson|
|12:09 p.m.||Graeme McDowell||Zach Johnson|
|12:20 p.m.||Sergio Garcia||Jim Furyk|
|12:31 p.m.||Peter Hanson||Jason Dufner|
|12:42 p.m.||Lee Westwood||Matt Kuchar|
|12:53 p.m.||Martin Kaymer||Steve Stricker|
|1:04 p.m.||Francesco Molinari||Tiger Woods|