The 2012 TOUR Championship will end with two trophy celebrations on Sunday, September 23rd. One for the champion of this event and the other, the FedEx Cup, for the winner of the season-long points race.
Of more interest to Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal, captains for the 2012 Ryder Cup, may be the following pairings in the opening round on Thursday, September 20th. Each is a head-to-head competition between members of Team USA and Team Europe. While the formats of match play and stroke play are quite different, the basics of the game of golf remain the same.
Each player is listed with their current official world golf ranking, fedex points ranking, number of wins in 2012, and record in previous Ryder Cup appearances.
Matt Kuchar:World #14, FedEx #16, 1 win in 2012, Ryder Cup record of 1 win- 1 loss- 2 halves.
Luke Donald: World #3, FedEx #15, 2 wins in 2012, Ryder Cup record of 8 wins - 2 losses - 1 halve.
Bubba Watson:World #7, FedEx #11, 1 win in 2012, Ryder Cup record of 1 win- 3 losses- 0 halves.
Sergio Garcia: World #19, FedEx #12, 1 win in 2012, Ryder Cup record of 14 wins - 6 losses - 4 halves.
Dustin Johnson:World #12, FedEx #7, 1 win in 2012, Ryder Cup record of 1 win- 3 losses- 0 halves.
Lee Westwood: World #4, FedEx #8, 2 wins in 2012, Ryder Cup record of 16 wins - 11 losses - 6 halves.
Tiger Woods:World #2, FedEx #2, 3 wins in 2012, Ryder Cup record of 13 wins - 14 losses - 2 halves.
Rory McIlroy: World #1, FedEx #1, 4 wins in 2012, Ryder Cup record of 1 win - 1 loss - 2 halves.
I will be interested to see how many of these matchups are repeated when Team Europe defends the Ryder Cup, at Medinah Country Club, September 28-30, 2012.
Harold Andrews has played golf for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest of all time.
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