Tiger Woods and Five Golfers Who Need To Step Up For an American Ryder Cup Win

Brian Shannon@bshannon15Correspondent IOctober 4, 2010

Tiger Woods and Five Golfers Who Need To Step Up For an American Ryder Cup Win

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    NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 03:  Tiger Woods of the USA looks on during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    The United States has found itself in a hole heading into the final day of Ryder Cup action after dropping five of the six matches on Sunday and halving another.

    The Americans now trail 9.5 to 6.5 on the scoreboard with all 12 singles matches remaining.

    Tiger Woods played well  enough to win his first two matches with Steve Stricker, thanks in large part to Stricker, but the two were dominated in their final foursome match.

    Tiger is scheduled to take on Francesco Molinari in his singles match, a contest that would ordinarily favor the Americans but Woods has yet to regain the play that everyone is accustomed to.

    The United States has rallied from a bigger deficit before but they will need to catch some breaks if they are going to retain the cup on European soil.

    Here are five Americans besides Woods who need to play well tomorrow if the United States is going to have a shot.

Dustin Johnson

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    NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 03:  Dustin Johnson of the USA hits a shot during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Dustin Johnson has been struggling more than any American thus far, and things don't figure to get an easier tomorrow as he is scheduled to take on Germany's Martin Kaymer.

    Kaymer and Johnson have run into each other before, at the PGA Championship where the German was victorious.

    Johnson has yet to win a single point after losing all three of his matches thus far.

    This doesn't look like a match that the Americans figure to win, but anything can happen in singles play at the Ryder Cup.

Phil Mickelson

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    NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 03:  Phil Mickelson of the USA celebrates a birdie putt on the 13th hole during the  Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/G
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    Mickelson was Dustin Johnson's part in two of the matches, so obviously he hasn't fared very well either.

    Mickelson is another American that has yet to win a point for the red, white, and blue thus far and his play has been as disappointing as any golfer in the event.

    Lefty will be one of the last Americans to tee off when he takes on Peter Hanson. Hanson has a record of 1-1 in his two matches, and Mickelson ordinarily would be the favorite to defeat the Swede, but with the way he has been playing it is by no means a guarantee.

    This should be a win for the United States, but hopefully the match will still be relevant by the time they reach the 18th.

Bubba Watson

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    NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 03:  Bubba Watson of the USA hits an approach shot during the  Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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    Watson was paired with Jeff Overton in his three matches and the duo ended up 1-2, as they both played up and down. Watson was more inconsistent though and he really struggled on some of the later holes.

    The left-handed Georgia native will face Miguel Jimenez in his singles match in the seventh contest of the day.

    The Americans will need every point they can get given their deficit and Watson definitely has the ability to get it done.

    It should be one of the best matches of the day, and Watson and Jimenez will end up halving their contest.

Steve Stricker

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    NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 03:  Steve Stricker of the USA looks on during the  Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Stricker came out firing when he was paired with Tiger for their first two matches, connecting on many big putts to help the duo win their first two foursome sessions.

    The fifth ranked golfer in the world will have his hands full with Lee Westwood in his singles match.

    Stricker and Woods were dominated in their final foursome match by Westwood and Luke Donald six and five, so Westwood should be feeling good about his chances.

    The 43-year-old Illinois native needs to be competitive and hopefully pull out a win over Westwood to get the Americans off to a hot start in the day's first match.

Stewart Cink

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    NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 03:  Stewart Cink of the USA hits an approach shot during the  Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Cink was a pick of Captain Corey Pavin for the competition and he has failed to disappoint so far after not losing a match yet.

    Cink won one of his foursome matches and got a half-point for the Americans in each of his other two contests.

    The 37-year-old will be taking on Rory McIlroy in his singles match and they will tee off second behind Stricker and Westwood.

    If Cink can continue his solid play the United States should at least make it to the final matches of the day with a chance at retaining the cup.