Ryder Cup: Previewing Tiger Woods' Ryder Cup Match

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2010

NEWPORT, WALES - SEPTEMBER 30:  Zach Johnson (L) , Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink of the USA (R) stand for their national anthem during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Andrew Redington/Getty Images

It's that time again. It comes every two years and every golf fan looks forward to it. The battle between the United States and Europe for the coveted Ryder Cup.

After a rough few months, paparazzi, affairs, and a nasty divorce that cost him loads of money, Tiger Woods is looking to rebound in one of golf's most  prestigious events.

The past few months have been rather inconsistent for Woods.  Missing cuts, and coming in way over par were just some of the things people weren't expecting from the world's No. 1 player. 

Well people, prepare to be surprised, because Mr. Woods is going to make a comeback this weekend. All the odds are in his favor. He has had a little break with being eliminated from the Fed-Ex Cup so early, and has had the opportunity to practice a bit.

If he has been able to get his swing and putting back, the Ryder Cup will be sort of a coming out party for him. People have predicting his return as far back as the Masters, but this weekend is the real deal.  

2010 Performance

With his first winless season in a while, Woods is looking to come back firing as a nation doubts him heading into the cup. The nation does have the right to doubt him though, with his statistics this year. He is averaging 71.1 for a round of golf this year, he has only made 10 cuts throughout the year, and only participated in 12 events.

The Ryder Cup will give Tiger the opportunity to show the world that he is back, as he represents America.  


The Partner

Early Friday morning he will be paired with Steve Stricker, who is on quite the run as of late. Stricker competed in 19 events this year and made all 19 cuts, while stockpiling nine top 10 finishes, and two wins while averaging a 69.8. 


The Competition 

Stricker and Woods will be facing a European pairing of Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher, both of whom are young tour players who are on quite the streak themselves right now.  

Poulter had a decent 2010 competing in 15 events, making 11 cuts, while recording two top 10 finishes and a win. Throughout the year he had an 18 hole average of 71.5. Poulter is getting quite the reputation, for his wild dress, and his great play on the course.

Fisher is a relative unknown to the golf world. He has appeared in only a handful of PGA events, including both the Player's Championship, and the Masters—both of which he missed the cut.  Fisher is an exciting young player, but will need to be on his game if he expects to come out victorious in this one.


The Results

Sticker and Woods will come out with a victory on Friday morning. With the time off taken by Woods following the BMW championship, he should be fresh and ready to go in his match.  

Fisher is going to end up costing the Europeans a chance at this match. Unless Poulter can come out and get hot early, I don't see the Europeans victorious in this one.

James Evens is a Purdue Student and Basketball/Football Featured Columnist for the Boilermakers, along with being a Writing Intern at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.