Ryder Cup 2016 teams: Five dream scenarios for United States vs. Europe

I have been meditative about a 2016 Ryder Cup given Jamie Donaldson put a finishing touches on his compare with Keegan Bradley during Gleneagles in 2014. You remember a moment, don’t you? It was a honeyed one for Donaldson and Europe yet left a many sour ambience in a mouths of a Americans.

It was a dagger for a United States group that knew it would have to wait during slightest dual some-more years before attempting to move home a initial Ryder Cup given 2008. It would have to continue dual some-more years of questions and doubts about either a U.S. has what it takes to kick Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia’s European squad. Two some-more years of charge army and meandering.

But now we are here on a hill of a 2016 Ryder Cup, that has to be one of a many expected golf events … maybe ever. United States captain’s collect Rickie Fowler pronounced recently he was even some-more anxious to be on a group this time around than he was in 2010 or 2014.

“I would contend that I’m substantially some-more vehement about this Ryder Cup than a past ones,” pronounced Fowler on Monday. “Being a partial of that charge force and being with a guys in meetings and removing to see a fad spin and how many The Ryder Cup means to some other players like Tiger [Woods] and Phil [Mickelson] and Davis [Love III], when he eventually got a collect to be a captain, it was special.

“It finished me conclude The Ryder Cup even more. Not that that was unequivocally possible; we mean, The Ryder Cup has always been a biggest thing and one of a categorical goals to always be a partial of a team. It was a group that we didn’t wish to skip out on by any means … this is a group we wish to be a partial of, carrying Davis lead us, and like we said, this is a one I’ve been many vehement for.”

Fowler is not a usually one. I’ve been following any taste of Ryder Cup news like it was a block to a dark value map holding me towards infinite riches. Along a way, we started forgetful adult intensity scenarios that could play out during Hazeltine. This is a Ryder Cup, so unequivocally anything goes. Who knew we would get an ancestral quip in 2012? Who knows what a Sunday matches could finish adult looking like? Who knows if Tiger Woods will be on a team?!

A sign on a format: Friday and Saturday are 8 matches of alternate-shot and 8 matches of fourball. Davis Love III will name that sequence they are played in on Friday and Saturday, yet any day will embody 4 matches of any formate.

Let’s get on with a dream scenarios.

1. Danny Willett Henrik Stenson vs. Jimmy Walker Dustin Johnson (Friday morning)

This would be fun for a series of reasons, yet a primary one is that these are a 4 vital winners for 2016. It’s also going to be engaging to see how Willett handles his initial Ryder Cup.

“It’s opposite carrying a rookie during home than it is carrying a rookie away,” McIlroy told Golf Digest recently. “Danny Willett is a Masters champ yet he’s still in for a bold awakening when he stands on a initial tee on Friday morning during Hazeltine. It does feel different.”

Barring Patrick Reed and Darren Clarke removing into a fistfight on a initial tee, this would be a ideal proceed to start a 2016 Ryder Cup.

2. Sergio Garcia Rory McIlroy vs. Phil Mickelson Zach Johnson (Saturday afternoon)

Remember when Ian Poulter mislaid his mind and finished 5 true birdies to give a Europeans a possibility late on Saturday afternoon in 2012? So mostly these events spin on what happens during a unequivocally finish of a final day of group play.

Garcia and McIlroy doing anything together is always fun and Mickelson and Zach Johnson were a ideal fit during a 2015 Presidents Cup. Mickelson would adore zero some-more than to get in a heads of McIlroy and Garcia to give them something to consider about going into that group room on Saturday night. Johnson would do a same.

These are 4 impossibly formidable outs in group play, too. Lefty and Johnson are as mentally intent as it gets for Ryder Cups, and somehow McIlroy and Garcia (normally disposed to be unattached in normal PGA Tour events) close in harder than John Daly with usually one cigarette left in his crate and 5 holes left in his round. Plus, who could forget a shot Mickelson took during McIlroy and Graeme McDowell heading into a 2014 Ryder Cup?

A grievous group diversion like this one going into Sunday would go a prolonged proceed in determining this year’s champion.

3. Henrik Stenson Justin Rose vs. Dustin Johnson Jordan Spieth (Saturday afternoon)

Stenson and Rose shot a best-ball 52 (approximately) in dual opposite matches in 2014 during Gleneagles, so it would be flattering overwhelming to see a dual best U.S. golfers (who played together during a 2015 Presidents Cup) tee it adult opposite what competence be Europe’s best duo.

Like we pronounced above, a contingent winning group has not mislaid a Saturday afternoon matches given 2002 when Europe fell 2.5 to 1.5 yet rolled on Sunday in a singles. Momentum during a group eventuality like this is major, and we could disagree these are a best pairings any group can put forth. If Spieth and D.J. came behind to a group room carrying given a U.S. a 9-7 lead going into a Sunday singles, that’s outrageous deal. Even some-more so if it’s Rose and Stenson they usually beat.

4. Jordan Spieth vs. Rory McIlroy on Sunday for a trophy

Either one of these final dual matches to confirm a Ryder Cup would be implausible (though we cite a final one below). Spieth and McIlroy competence not be a souls of their particular teams, yet they aren’t distant away. Europe goes as McIlroy takes it (though Sergio is a genuine epicenter), and a same goes for a U.S. with Spieth (and Dustin Johnson).

There is no passion between these two, yet we followed them around Augusta in a third turn of a 2016 Masters, and they aren’t accurately best friends. A Spieth-McIlroy duel during a unequivocally finish of a Ryder Cup for a prize would be about as thespian as this competition gets.

McIlroy would positively be inside Spieth’s round on each proceed shot, yet Spieth would positively make a kinds of putts Europe has finished so many times during so many of these events. The kinds of putts that would get McIlroy fined by a FCC. Legacies are so mostly poorly created on singular rounds or events, yet it would be tough to ever forget this one no matter that proceed it went. we can consider of no larger finale to a best group eventuality in golf. Well, solely …

5. Patrick Reed vs. Sergio Garcia on Sunday for a trophy

Can we even start to imagine? Picture this. The Ryder Cup is tied 13.5 to 13.5 (remember a Europeans usually need to win 14 points to keep a trophy). All a matches are finished solely for Reed and Garcia personification singles. Sergio is Europe’s soul. These are his vital championships, and he has won a horde of them. But as was forked out recently by an unknown American, he’s never had to make a putt to win a Cup.

Reed, on a other hand, is America’s doubtful hero. The thick, secluded essence who owned college golf and has mostly lived adult to his possess self hype on a PGA Tour. He attempted to take on an whole nation in 2014. Imagine what he’ll do with a mob of lubricated red, white and blue congregation during his back. The usually emanate with Reed in 2016 will be reckoning out out his distances since a adrenaline will be pumping during a two-club (or more) difference.

So suppose entertainment a captains and a clamp captains and a golfers and their wives and all of us in a media and a fans and everybody compared with this eventuality around a final dual holes during Hazeltine with this compare all square. Sergio needs a tie to obstacle Europe a fourth true Ryder Cup. Reed needs birdies like Mickelson needs to play on a Tuesday.

Sergio is perplexing to not demeanour during anything yet a dwindle and his caddie. Reed is fist pumping during Big Cat, who is screaming expletives into his possess fist. Fowler, Spieth and Koepka are descending all over themselves. Mickelson is negotiating contingency with a cameraman. Clarke and Lee Westwood are holding one another. McIlroy is on a putting immature operative on his cadence (just kidding, Rory!).

It competence not be as measureless as Spieth-McIlroy for a whole thing, yet it would positively be some-more dramatic. Both Reed and Garcia have supposing us with a disproportionately high ratio of thespian moments in their careers. This one would positively never be topped.

They tie No. 17 and come home with Reed badly wanting birdie during a last. They mount on a 18th tee as a Minnesota throng serenades Reed and Co. one final time on what is certain to an epic week with chants of U-S-A! U-S-A! Garcia silently sings a European intone of “Ole, Ole, Ole” to himself. Vice captain Poulter is in his ear murmur tales of Ryder Cups left by until everybody finally settles down. Reed tees it adult and whips during it.

Garcia puts his tee in a belligerent and does a same. The impetus to excellence begins. Oh, what a impulse that would be.

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