Ryder Cup: Facts and figures

Posted: October 01, 2010

What: 38th Ryder Cup matches

When: Today through Sunday

Where: The Twenty Ten Course at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, is the first golf course designed specifically for the Ryder Cup. The course combines nine new holes created by European Golf Design and nine renovated holes from the Wentwood Hills course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Water comes into play on half of the holes. It plays 7,378 yards at par 71.

Format: Four matches of fourballs (better ball) and foursomes (alternate shot) today and tomorrow, 12 singles matches on Sunday.

Points: The United States needs 14 points to retain the cup. Europe needs 14 1/2 points to win the cup.

Series: United States leads, 25-10-2.

Last time: The United States ended a three-match losing streak behind rookies Hunter Mahan and Anthony Kim, and the homegrown Kentucky duo of Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes. The 16 1/2-11 1/2 margin was the largest for the Americans since 1981. Mahan became the first American captain's pick to go unbeaten (2-0-3) while playing all five matches. They won without Tiger Woods, who was recovering from knee surgery.

Captains: Corey Pavin (United States), Colin Montgomerie (Europe).

U.S. roster: Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Jeff Overton, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods.

European roster: Luke Donald, Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood.

Tiger tales: Tiger Woods has played on only one winning Ryder Cup team in his career.

Key statistic: The United States has not won on European soil since 1993 at The Belfry.

Noteworthy: The European team has 17 wins and two majors this year, compared with 12 wins and one major for the American team.

TV (all times EDT): Friday, 3 a.m. to 1 p.m., ESPN. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., NBC. Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., NBC.

Friday morning matches: 2:45 a.m.: Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, U.S., vs. Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, Europe

3 a.m.: Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar, U.S., vs. Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, Europe

3:15: Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods, U.S., vs. Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher, Europe

3:30: Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton, U.S., vs. Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington, Europe

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