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Sunday singles matches revealed: Keegan vs. Rory, with Tiger the anchor for USA

By Shane Bacon | Blogger

The much-anticipated Sunday pairings are out, and with the Americans up 10-6 over the Europeans, just 4.5 points will be needed for the USA to grab the Ryder Cup back from the Euros. With that, we take a quick look at the pairings, kicking off at 12:03 PM ET.

Match No. 1 -- Bubba Watson vs. Luke Donald -- The big-hitting lefty is taking on an Englishman that seemed to find his game on Saturday. If Jose Maria Olazabal's plan was to get his big guns out early, Donald is the first of many.

Match No. 2 -- Webb Simpson vs. Ian Poulter -- Simpson won't be far from partner Watson as he follows him up, going against the hottest player on both teams in Poulter.

Match No. 3 -- Keegan Bradley vs. Rory McIlroy -- Three-for-three for Olazabal in the sense of big names getting out there early. The Europeans know they need points early and they're stacking the front-end heavy. Also, this is easily the most-anticipated match of the day BY FAR, with the red-hot Bradley going against the biggest name on the European team.

Match No. 4 -- Phil Mickelson vs. Justin Rose -- Two steady guys this week that have had great success, Phil will have his hands full with Rose, who has played better and better as the week has gone on.

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Match No. 5 -- Brandt Snedeker vs. Paul Lawrie -- A rookie versus a guy who hasn't played on a Ryder Cup team since 1999, the Europeans are running into one of the players you just don't want to see in a singles match right now. This is my pick for the biggest rout of the day, with Snedeker taking care of Lawrie early.

Match No. 6 -- Dustin Johnson vs. Nicolas Colsaerts -- Crosswalks beware, as Colsaerts and Johnson will be booming drives all day in hopes of winning a point and bomber bragging rights.

Match No. 7 -- Zach Johnson vs. Graeme McDowell -- Normally a matchup of steady golfers, McDowell has been all over the place this week and can only hope that afternoon rest on Saturday did him some good and he can find his game if the Europeans have any chance on Sunday.

Match No. 8 -- Jim Furyk vs. Sergio Garcia -- Literally a matchup of "what the heck to expect," I have no idea who wins this, and it could be 5 & 4 for either side when this thing ends.

Match No. 9 -- Jason Dufner vs. Peter Hanson -- I'm sorry Peter Hanson, but the Ryder Cup seems like an event made for a guy like Jason Dufner.

Match No. 10 -- Matt Kuchar vs. Lee Westwood -- If Westwood was playing well, this would be a pretty anticipated match but I just don't think the Englishman's short game is sharp enough to compete with the birdie-making machine in Kuchar.

Match No. 11 -- Steve Stricker vs. Martin Kaymer -- Over/under on shots NBC shows from this match? 1.5, and I'm taking the under.

Match No. 12 -- Tiger Woods vs. Francesco Molinari -- For the second Ryder Cup in a row, Tiger gets Francesco, and if it's anything like it was the last time, the Italian is in for a beatdown (Tiger won this in 2010 4 & 3). Olazabal would love this thing to get to Tiger's match, but I just don't see the final two matches going the Europeans' way.

 
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