Ladies and gentleman, we're less than 24 hours away from the opening foursomes match at the 39th Ryder Cup. We've broken down the teams, mentioned what needs to happen for both squads to emerge victorious and pinpointed a couple holes to keep an eye on during the competition. At this point there's only one thing left to do: It's time for the Devil Ball crew to pick a winner. Your Ryder Cup winner is ...
Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall): The United States. I know what you're probably thinking right about now: 'Oh, Wall picks the U.S. because he's a Yank and doesn't know any better!' I mean, I am picking the squad that doesn't have a single player with a winning Ryder Cup record. However, even with the pressure to win on home soil and the lack of success recently in the biennial competition, I still think Davis Love III's squad gets it done thanks to a group of talented rookies who very well could steal the show.
No one is putting better than Brandt Snedeker at the moment; and you can't overlook the fact that Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson both handled pressure situations to win major championships. I think the strong rookie foursome, coupled with a group of wily veterans and a raucous Chicago crowd puts the U.S. over the top.
As Ben Crenshaw said on Saturday night at the 1999 Ryder Cup, "I'm a big believer in fate. I have a good feeling about this." Call it a hunch but I think the U.S. rolls at Medinah.
Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee): Right up until this last weekend, I was Europe all the way. But Snedeker's run, combined with some solid performances by Americans at East Lake, convinced me: this is going to be the U.S.'s year. They want it, badly, and they'll have the crowd behind them in a way we haven't seen since Brookline in '99. It's going to be tremendous fun, and I think Davis Love's combination of youth and experience is going to pay off in some down-the-stretch heroics. Sure, it's going to come down to one of the final two or three pairings on Sunday, but that's what this is all about, right? USA all the way, baby.
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