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Tiger Woods vs. Francesco Molinari: Woods Will Shine in Final Ryder Cup Matchup

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Tiger Woods of the USA waits on a green during day two of the Afternoon Four-Ball Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 29, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2016

When Tiger Woods begins his final round of the 2012 Ryder Cup on Sunday, the United States might not even need a brilliant performance from him to win the tournament, but regardless of the pressure on him, he will dominate his matchup versus Francesco Molinari.

The United States could have the tournament close to wrapped up by the time Woods tees off since he's the last to begin his round on Sunday.

The Americans have a nice lead going into the tournament's final day, but Woods has plenty of his own motivation ahead of his matchup with Molinari.

Woods hasn't played too well at the Ryder Cup, and was even left out of the Saturday's foursomes after being benched by captain Davis Love III.

Woods returned to action during Saturday afternoon four-ball with Steve Stricker, and the two of them lost their matchup against Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.

The goal for Woods in his final round is to drive the ball well off the tee. Where he has gotten into trouble at Medinah Country Club this week is when his tee shots have found the rough. When he has not been accurate off the tee, it's been hard for Woods to make birdies, or even save par.

If he can strike the ball well off the tee, he will set up easy opportunities to hit the green and create chances for birdie putts. He did have some nice drives on Saturday, including this shot on hole 17 (video below).

Woods knows he can play better, and even if the Ryder Cup is close to being decided when he enters the back nine on Sunday, he will shine in his final round.

His improvement Saturday afternoon, and the fact that he's playing an inferior opponent in Molinari, will give Woods the confidence he needs to dominate.

Woods will drive the ball accurately off the tee, have success on the par fives and putt well on Sunday. It will be one of his best ever performances at the Ryder Cup, and a perfect way to end what could be a great day for United States golf.

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