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Five singles pairings to watch on Ryder Cup Monday

Shane Bacon
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The singles pairings are out for the first-ever Monday finish to the Ryder Cup, and we have some very interesting groupings. Who are the ones you should keep your eye on as the Europeans try to snag five points to win the Cup? Here they are.

Match 1, Steve Stricker versus Lee Westwood: Arguably the two best playing golfers on each team go off in one of those tone-setting type of matches. If Stricker can knock off Westwood, or get a big lead early, it could propel some of the other guys to follow suit. Interesting little side note: The last time the Americans made a huge comeback, in 1999, Westwood was the first out for the Europeans, and got beat 3 & 2 by Tom Lehman.

Match 2, Stewart Cink versus Rory McIlroy: Nope, we didn't get that Woods-McIlroy pairing that we'd so hoped for, but this one should be just as good. Cink is one of only two Americans that haven't lost a match this week, and McIlroy has been really impressive for a rookie after that stumble on the 17th hole on Saturday.

Match 4, Dustin Johnson versus Martin Kaymer: If Johnson wants his revenge on that ruling at the PGA Championship, here is his shot. The man that ended up winning that major after Johnson grounded his club in a bunker is the leading point getter on the European side, and Johnson hasn't picked up a single point all week. If Johnson's putter stays cold like it has in Wales, this one could get ugly, but I expect Dustin to come out with a little fire and keep this thing close.

Match 9, Rickie Fowler versus Edoardo Molinari: Two young rookies will get a chance to win a very important, and late, match for their country. Fowler, the more well known of the two, is still looking for that first full point, but has been impressive down the stretch. Molinari is more enthusiastic on the course than Rickie, and will try his hardest to get the crowd involved. Will his "pump up the gallery" tactics force Fowler to show a little more emotion? For Americans, let's hope so.

Match 12, Hunter Mahan versus Graeme McDowell: You always have to look at the last match in these things as potentially being what it all comes down to. Mahan, who Corey Pavin didn't even start on Friday, is the Americans' last hope, but seems to be the type of guy that can handle the pressure. He will be going up against McDowell, the U.S. Open champion, who has looked better and better as the week has gone on.

So, your thoughts? Best match to watch on Monday?

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