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The 11-5 lead This is the United States’ biggest singles advantage over Europe and its biggest in the Ryder Cup since 1975. The six-point lead equals the modern European record set in 2004 at Oakland Hills. in a record rout.
The Ryder Cup is not over, but the United States is one day away from celebrating on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Xander Sc Chaudele (United States) vs. Rory McIlroy (Europe)
Sc Chaudele is undefeated this week. McIlroy is winless. They will face each other in the opening match. A victory for ScHotele, the gold medalist, would continue a big year for him while donning the red, white and blue. Harrington is obviously hoping that putting two-time FedExCup champion McIlroy in the spotlight will help him regain his game. McIlroy finished T3 in the 2010 PGA at Whistling Straits.
Player Records: Xander Sc Chaudele (3-0-0 overall; 0-0-0 in singles); Rory McIlroy (11-12-4 overall; 2-2-1 singles)
Patrick Cantlay (United States) vs. Shane Lowry (Europe)
These two are just name rookies. Cantlay continued his strong FedExCup winning form, remaining undefeated so far this week. Lowry has a major and world championship in golf, and needs to ride a wave after his big putt to complete Saturday’s four-ball game. It will be a study of contrasts, as Cantlay is known to always be in control of his game and his emotions while Lowry is a heavy hitter with a knack for getting out of trouble when he walks away from the line. Whistling Straits is built to look like the dunes of Ireland, so maybe it could channel the spirit he showed at Royal Portrush two years ago.
Player Records: Patrick Cantlay (2-0-1 au total; 0-0-0 en simple); Shane Lowry (1-1-0 au total; 0-0-0 en simple)
Scottie Scheffler (United States) vs. Jon Rahm (Europe)
Scheffler, the 2020 Rookie of the Year, is looking for his first PGA TOUR win. Beating the world No. 1 in Ryder Cup singles should count for something. At the very least, it’ll give him a boost for the future, as will Rahm after beating Tiger Woods in singles in the last Ryder Cup. Rahm has done things to Rahm this week, including a huge birdie putt towards the end of Saturday’s four-ball game. He’s 3-0-1 this week.
Player Records: Scottie Scheffler (1-0-1 overall; 0-0-0 in singles); Jon Rahm (4-2-1 overall; 1-0-0 in singles)
Bryson DeChambeau (United States) v Sergio Garcia (Europe)
DeChambeau led the TOUR in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee in 2021. Garcia was third in that statistic. DeChambeau not only has the advantage over distance but also on the greens. He placed 20th in Strokes Gained: Putting this year, while Garcia placed 173rd. However, Garcia’s putter still behaves differently in the Ryder Cup, and it regained the old magic this week. Garcia will defend his title at Sanderson Farms next week as DeChambeau heads to World Long Drive.
Player Records: Bryson DeChambeau (1-3-1 overall; 0-1-0 singles); Sergio Garcia (25-12-7 overall; 4-4-1 in singles)
Collin Morikawa (United States) versus. Viktor Hovland (Europe)
They were playing college golf two years ago. Now they will meet in the Ryder Cup singles. Both are known for their ball hitting – Morikawa led the TOUR in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green, while Hovland finished 15th in that stat (and fifth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee). Now that he feels healthy again, Morikawa displays the form of a two-time major winner. He is undefeated this week. Hovland is yet to win on his much-vaunted debut.
Player Records: Collin Morikawa (3-0-0 overall; 0-0-0 simple); Viktor Hovland (0-3-1 overall; 0-0-0 in simple
Dustin Johnson (United States) vs. Paul Casey (Europe)
It’s a match between two pillars of the Ryder Cup. Johnson is the oldest member of the U.S. squad, but also the only one to have played all four team sessions this week. He’s won all four times, looking like the world number 2 and 2020 FedExCup champion. Johnson is also the only member of either team to finish in the top 10 in multiple PGAs at Whistling Straits, finishing T5 ( despite the two-stroke penalty on the last hole) in 2010 and T7 in 2015. Casey, who is 0-3 this week, finished MC, T12 and T30 in the PGAs here. He finished second on the TOUR in Strokes Gained: Approach this season.
Player Records: Dustin Johnson (11-9-0 overall; 3-1-0 in singles); Paul Casey (4-6-5 overall; 1-1-2 singles)
Brooks Koepka (United States) v Bernd Wiesberger (Europe)
Koepka is coming off a day where he went 0-2 but faces a rookie who has yet to gain a point. Koepka finished T5 in the 2015 PGA, before being a four-time major winner. He was chippy on Saturday and that’s often when he plays his best. He could play a key role at the heart of the alignment if Europe gets off to a flying start.
Player Records: Brooks Koepka (5-5-1 overall; 1-0-1 simple); Bernd Wiesberger (0-2-0 overall; 0-0-0 simple)
Tony Finau (United States) v Ian Poulter (Europe)
Length matters at Whistling Straits, and Finau definitely has the edge. Poulter is the shortest hitter on the property, finishing 185th in driving distance last season. But Poulter was chosen for his experience and he is undefeated in six Ryder Cup singles matches.
Player Records: Tony Finau (3-2-0 overall; 1-0-0 in singles); Ian Poulter (14-8-2 overall; 5-0-1 singles)
Justin Thomas (United States) v Tyrrell Hatton (Europe)
It has been a mixed bag for Thomas this week, but he is without a doubt America’s most spirited player. If things start to turn blue on the board, he can deliver the theatrics and reactions that will ignite the partisan crowd. Thomas, champion of THE PLAYERS, was third in Strokes Gained: Approach this season, while Hatton was 13th.
Player Records: Justin Thomas (5-2-1 au total; 1-0-0 en simple); Tyrrell Hatton (2-3-1 au total; 0-1-0 en simple)
Harris English (United States) v Lee Westwood (Europe)
It was a quiet start for English, but it should come as no surprise. This is how he does things. But English can handle the big stage. He has finished in the top 10 in the last two US Opens and finished 12th on the TOUR in Strokes Gained: Putting this year. Westwood’s experience is very valuable, but he seemed to outdo it this week.
Player Records: Harris English (1-1-0 au total; 0-0-0 en simple); Lee Westwood (20-20-6 au total; 3-7-0 en simple)
Jordan Spieth (United States) vs. Tommy Fleetwood (Europe)
Spieth finished second in the PGA here six years ago. It was during one of the great putting seasons in history. However, Spieth’s putter turned cold on Saturday, and he’s now in a place where the Cup could be over while he’s still on the course. He’s never won a Ryder Cup singles match, so he’s sure to want to end that streak. Fleetwood, after his successful pairing with Francesco Molinari three years ago, has been pretty quiet this week after a season where he finished 137th in the FedExCup.
Player Records: Jordan Spieth (8-7-2 au total; 0-3-0 en simple); Tommy Fleetwood (4-2-1 au total; 0-1-0 en simple)
Daniel Berger (United States) vs. Matt Fitzpatrick (Europe)
Berger is known as a fierce competitor with a well balanced game. His approach play is a plus – he was fifth in Strokes Gained: Approach and seventh on the greens in regulation in 2021 – but the Ryder Cup is likely to be decided well ahead of this game. Fitzpatrick is just hoping to recover a point after a 0-4 start to his Ryder Cup career.
Player Records: Daniel Berger (1-1-0 overall; 0-0-0 simple); Matt Fitzpatrick (0-4-0 overall; 0-1-0 simple)