SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE | The Ryder Cup math gets simple now.
Twelve singles matches remain to be played on Sunday. To win the Ryder Cup, Europe needs to win 4½ more points. To keep the Cup, the U.S. needs to find at least 8 points in singles.
“We want to get out to a fast start tomorrow. That’s key. It’s imperative. Everyone knows it,” U.S. captain Jim Furyk said. “Any time a team’s come back, now twice in this event, from four points, it’s been a fast start and a solid middle to late part of the lineup.”
Here are the 12 matches:
Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (U.S.): If the United States is going to mount a comeback, it’s counting on Thomas and his emotion to start it.
Paul Casey (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka (U.S.): No one likes big moments more than Koepka. Can Casey match his focus?
Justin Rose (EUR) vs. Webb Simpson (U.S.): Simpson has quietly been very good this week but Rose is the ultimate grinder.
Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods (U.S.): Can Woods summon the emotional energy he needs for one more big day?
Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tony Finau (U.S.): Perhaps fatigue will become a factor for Fleetwood but he’s been brilliant so far.
Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (U.S.): Quite the personality difference but Johnson will likely be unaffected by Poulter’s theatrics.
Thorbjørn Olesen (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth (U.S.): After sitting out Saturday, Olesen finds himself in a very tough spot on Sunday.
Sergio García (EUR) vs. Rickie Fowler (U.S.): Take your pick here. There’s no clear advantage for either player.
Francesco Molinari (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson (U.S.): Based on form it’s not close, but Mickelson will want to redeem himself.
Tyrrell Hatton (EUR) vs. Patrick Reed (U.S.): This one could be chippy in a hurry given their personalities.
Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson (U.S.): Stenson knows how to keep the ball in play. Watson must demonstrate he can do the same.
Alex Norén (EUR) vs. Bryson DeChambeau (U.S.): Who would have guessed six months ago this would be the Sunday singles finale?