Ryder Cup 2012 Preview

Written by kobus. Posted in Golf


Published on September 26, 2012 with No Comments

It’s almost time for the most exciting golf competition of the year. I’ll admit, golf generally is not known for it’s excitement on television but Ryder Cup is definitely an exception. The players really take this tournament serious so you can be sure that they will give everything to win. And they only play for one thing, pride.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Ryder Cup, The Ryder Cup involve various match play competitions between players selected from two teams of twelve. Currently, each contest consists of eight foursomes matches, eight fourball matches and 12 singles matches, all matches being played over 18 holes. The winner of each match scores a point for their team, with ½ a point each for any match that is tied after the 18 holes. The team with the most points at the end of the weekend wins The Ryder Cup.

What made the last Ryder Cuper (2010) so exciting is that the scores were level while the very last single match was underway between Graeme Mcdowell and Hunter Mahan. While watching the video, notice the size of the crowd, the intensity shown by McDowell and his fellow team members, and the way the crowd is pumped up because of it.  This my dear readers is not normal golf, this is Ryder Cup, and it’s exactly what you can expect from Ryder Cup 2012.

And look at this awesome promo video done before Ryder Cup 2010

Team Europe

Player Wins Loss Draw Win Percentage
Nicolas Colsaerts Debut Debut Debut
Luke Donald 8 2 1 77.3
Justin Rose 3 1 0 75
Ian Poulter 8 3 0 72.7
Paul Lawrie 3 1 1 70
Sergio Garcia 14 6 4 66.7
Martin Kaymer 2 1 1 62.5
Graeme McDowell 4 2 2 62.5
Thomas Bjorn 3 2 1 58.3
Lee Westwood 16 11 6 57.6
Darren Clarke 10 7 3 57.5
Rory McIlroy 1 1 2 50
Paul McGinley 2 2 5 50

Team USA

Player Wins Loss Draw Win Percentage
Keegan Bradley Debut Debut Debut
Jason Dufner Debut Debut Debut
Brandt Snedeker Debut Debut Debut
Webb Simpson Debut Debut Debut
Zach Johnson 3 3 1 50
Matt Kuchar 1 1 2 50
Steve Stricker 3 3 1 50
Paul McGinley 2 2 5 50
Tiger Woods 13 14 2 48.3
Phil Mickelson 11 17 6 41.2
Jim furyk 8 15 4 37
Dustin Johnson 1 3 0 25
Bubba Watson 1 3 0 25

Format of Play

Friday – 4 x Fourball and 4 x Foursome Matches

Saturday – 4 x Fourball and 4 x Foursome Matches

Sunday – 12 x Singles Matches


Looking at the win percentage of each player it does look like Europe has the upper hand over USA. They also have a lot more experience than US as the US team have 4 debutants in the team. However, looking at current form I would say US has a slight better chance. If you look at the Tour Championship where most of the guys played the US players dominated the leaderboard. And they also have home advatange which plays a huge role. The video shows how pumped up the players can get if the crowd is on their side. To conclude, even though European team have slightly better artillery, home advantage will take the US team over the line to win the Cup.

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