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Ryder Cup 2012 Preview

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Ryder Cup 2012 Preview

2012 has already been a fantastic year of sport, but it is about to get even better as we are only a couple of weeks away from the Ryder Cup.

Taking place at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois, this is the 39th time Europe and USA have gone head to head for the famous Ryder Cup trophy and it should be quite the contest.

It is in the hands of Europe at the moment of course, so the American team are very much out for revenge. With home advantage and arguably their strongest team for a few years – containing an in-form and focused Tiger Woods – they are targeting victory and nothing less.

The Ryder Cup is never as simple as that though. Far from it. Across the three days of exhilarating competing, there are plenty of twists and turns to enjoy. Individual battles regularly take centre stage and in the end it can come down to one single shot to decide who will be celebrating.

As mentioned, the star man of the American team is undoubtedly Woods. He has had his problems over the last few years, but he is back playing now and will be determined to put on a good showing.

Too often, he has failed to live up to his talent in the Ryder Cup and not only is it important that he picks up as many points as possible, but he also needs to inspire those around him. The central hub of this US team, he needs a memorable few days for all the right reasons.

Europe's star man? Without doubt Rory McIlroy, the No.1 golfer in the world. The Northern Irishman is in the form of his life with three PGA Tour wins in quick succession and it looks as though he might peak in time for the Ryder Cup.

McIlroy leads a very British feel to the European team too. Fellow countryman Graeme McDowell knows all about holding his nerve on the biggest occasion and the likes of Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter all bring valuable experience.

It is good to see Sergio Garcia back in the mix too. The Spaniard watched on as Europe were victorious two years ago and now he will be back where he belongs – in Team Europe colours, vying for points.

Back to the US team for a second, as mentioned, they are very strong. Woods is joined by Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker to make up the experienced side of the team. There are some talented new kids on the block too though.

Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Jason Dufner are all making their Ryder Cup debuts and are expected to make an immediate impact. There is definitely a more youthful feel to this side than usual and is should stand USA in good stead.

Both US captain Davis Love III and European skipper Jose Maria Olazabal are saying the right things in the build up and the players are ready. Which way will it go though?

We can't wait to find out. Bring on the 28th September.


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