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Ryder Cup 2014

This year the Ryder Cup is being held at Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland from Friday, September 26th to Sunday, September 28th.

This tournament is a great favorite of the players and they all thoroughly enjoy the team spirit as opposed to the singular play during most of the season.  The enthsiasm for this event is infectious and makes for a wonderful atmosphere of competition.

European Team

Thomas Bjorn, Victor Dubuisson, Sergia Garcia, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Galalcher, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood.  Team Captain: Paul McGinley.

Team USA

Keegan Bradley, Jim Furyk, Matt Kucher, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Patrick Reed, Jordon Speith and Bubba Watson.  Team Captain:  Tom Watson.

Currently the score is Europe 5 USA 3.

The morning format was fourball. J. Rose/H. Stenson won 5 and 4 over B. Watson/W. Simpson

T. Bjorn/M. Kaymer halfed with R. Fowler/J. Walker

S. Gallacher/I. Poulter won 5 and 4 over J. Speith/P. Reed

S. Garcia/ R McIlroy won 1 up over K. Bradley/P. Mickelson *This is the first time the team of Keegan and Mickelson have been beaten.

The afternoon format was foursomes.

J.  Donaldson/L. Westwood won 2 up over J. Furyk/M. Kucher

J. Rose/H. Stenson won 2 and 1 over H. Mahan/Z. Johnson

R. McIlroy/S. Garcia halved with J. Walker/R. Fowler

V. Dubuisson/G. McDowell won 3 and 2 over P. Mickelson/K. Bradley

The USA has not won in Europe in 26 years and they need 14 and 1/2 points to win the Ryder Cup and Europe needs 14 points to retain the Ryder Cup.

Tomorrow’s format is the same morning and afternoon and Sunday is the singles matches.

All in all it makes for an exciting and fun week-end of golf viewing.