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One of the most exciting traditions in golf gets underway this Friday from Medinah Country Club in Illinois, as 12 members from the United States and 12 members from Europe team up to compete against each other in the 2012 edition of the Ryder Cup.
The Ryder Cup has a long and storied history, and has become one of the great traditions in the game, played every two years.
Back in 2012, it was the team from Europe getting the win on their home soil at Celtic Manor in Wales. In a tightly contested event, Graeme McDowell was able to secure the Cup for Europe by defeating American Hunter Mahan on the 17th holes to close out his match.
With the Ryder Cup shifting back across the pond to the United States, you can bet that the USA will be looking to keep the cup here.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson lead the United States against Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Europe, as the two teams will match up for three days of competition.
Oddsmakers have set the United States as the favorites in this one, going off at -140 on 2012 Ryder Cup Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook. In the underdog role, Europe comes in just on the other side of the payout, going off at +120 on the moneyline.
The United States team is comprised of Woods, Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Brandt Snedeker, and Dustin Johnson.
For Team Europe, it’s McIlroy, Donald, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lowrie, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Peter hanson, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter, and Nicola Colsaerts.
The first two days of the competition will be team event, made up of morning and afternoon matches. Each of the matches will have an alternate shot format, and a better ball format. Each will be worth one point, with a half-point awarded if the match is halved.
On the final day on Sunday, all 12 players from each team will be out in a singles match, each worth one point, with the potential for fireworks and a ton of drama down the stretch.