Bunker Mentality

  • We compare the European and US Ryder Cup teams, head-to-head, and rate each player's chance of success this weekend at Medinah.

    Scroll down to see which team is our predicted winner!

    Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)

    Rory McIlroyAge: 23

    World ranking: 1

    European Tour wins: 4

    Major wins: 2

    Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (2010)

    Ryder Cup record (wins-defeats-halves): 1-1-2

    Profile: Won his first title in 2009 then clinched his first Major in record fashion at the 2011 US Open by eight shots. Went to world number one for the first time in 2012 and won his second Major at last month's US PGA Championship, also by

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  • European bags pay tribute to Seve

    European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal unveiled his team's golf bags for the biennial competition this week

    This is a tournament tradition that usually doesn't warrant much fanfare: after all, we're talking about a golf bag with the word 'Europe' plastered on the side and the Ryder Cup logo on the front. Pretty basic stuff.

    But this year's Ryder Cup unveiling was special for one particular reason: Europe's bag has a silhouette of the late Seve Ballesteros - who passed away last year - on the front, doing his iconic fist pump after he holed the winning putt at the 1984 Open

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  • For European golf fans, watching the Ryder Cup over the last couple of decades has usually been like watching a big-budget movie thriller. There's thrills, spills and drama, but in the end you can enjoy the whole spectacle pretty safe in the knowledge that the good guys will win in the end.

    Sure, there have been the odd deviations from the script - as in 1999 at Brookline or at Valhalla four years ago - but in those cases there has always been a sequel to restore the natural order.

    This time, though, things look very different. The Americans are not just favourites, but strong favourites, with

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  • The US Ryder Cup star you can root for

    Golf is hardly the most tribal of sports but patriotism does get into full swing when the Ryder Cup comes along.

    This weekend we are not British, Irish, Spanish or Belgian but instead European as we look to cheer Jose Maria Olazabal's men on to victory.

    However, often times the great pleasure in the Ryder Cup is not such much in seeing Europe win, but rather seeing America lose, and in the past their players have given us plenty of reasons not to like them.

    That cannot be said about Brandt Snedeker though.  The American won (financially) the biggest prize in golf last weekend when he won the

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  • Who’s in form for the Ryder Cup?

    Europe's Lee Westwood finished dead last in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf ClubWith all of the American Ryder Cup team and most of the European line-up in attendance at the Tour Championship, we take a look at how the challengers fared at East Lake ahead of the biennial matchplay tournament.

    You should also check out the five things we learned from the Tour Championship and further analysis from the tournament with an eye on the Ryder Cup here.

    Riding high

    Brandt Snedeker, of course, is carrying huge momentum from his near-flawless victory into the Ryder Cup.

    His Sunday playing partner, Justin Rose, can also claim some juice from a finish that was very close to Snedeker

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  • Five things we learned from the Tour Championship

    Brandt Snedeker's putter the difference at East Lake — It doesn't matter how hot driver faces get from here on out, leading the field in putting for the week will always give you the best chance to take home the big cheque on Sunday afternoon. Case in point: Brandt Snedker, who was the hottest putter in the game coming into the Tour Championship. He once again proved that having the best flatstick at East Lake is the way to go if you have aspirations of winning the final event of the FedExCup. Snedeker led the field in strokes gained putting (1.676) for the week and finished inside the top-3

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  • The madcap magic of Medinah

    Medinah CCMedinah Country Club, set out in a vast, sprawling piece of land in a Chicago suburb, is one of the strangest yet most fantastic venues in the world of golf. The men who created this unique club were inspired in equal measure by the mystical and the magnificent, and that seems to have rubbed off on the golf championships which have taken place here.

    We look at the top five things that have made Medinah so magical over the years.

    What's in a name?

    Almost every golf club in the world is named after one of three things: the course location, some striking feature of the local environment or -

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  • Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods unbeatable – at ping pong

    If the Ryder Cup was decided on a ping pong table and not a golf course, Matt Kuchar would be the US ace and the Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods doubles partnership would be pretty much unbeatable.

    The Americans have turned to another sort of little white ball this week to help promote team bonding before they begin the task of wresting the famous trophy back from the Europeans at the stately Medinah Country Club.

    "We've got unbelievably fast thoroughbreds here and if you don't ever let them out in the pasture to kick their heels up and eat some grass and keep them in the stall and make them run

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  • UK golfers back Colsaerts over Harrington for Ryder Cup

    Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal's selection of Ryder Cup rookie Nicolas Colsaerts over stalwart Padraig Harrington for the September event at Medinah has been given the thumbs-up by golfers in the UK.

    Harrington has appeared in six editions of the biennial contest against the United States, whereas Colsaerts will become the first Belgian to feature in it in Illinois.

    A survey by HowDidiDo, Europe's largest golfing community, showed that only a quarter of golfers disagreed that the in-form Colsaerts was more deserving of a spot than three-times Major winner Harrington.

    More than 2,300

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  • Who made the FedExCup grade?

    The FedExCup is here, with only 30 players remaining after the BMW Championship. Here's a look at who booked a ticket to Atlanta.

    At the top: Rory McIlroy has a stranglehold on the FedExCup following his second straight playoff win. With 3,232 points separating him from Tiger Woods, it's going to take an off week from McIlroy and a big week from someone else to usurp the 23-year-old.  Tiger Woods moved from third to second with a T-4. Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker round out the top 5 going into the final event.

    On the way up: Even though Lee Westwood came up a couple shots

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