Golfweek staff picks: Sunday singles

Golfweek staff picks: Sunday singles


Golfweek staff picks: Sunday singles

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12:03 p.m. — Anthony Kim (U.S.) vs. Sergio Garcia (E)

Babineau: Halve. Neither team gets the needed momentum builder at the top of the order, as these two battle to a tie in what could be the day’s best match.

Hoggard: United States, 2 and 1. Under the weather and a pedestrian singles record, Garcia falls to cap un-Ryder Cup-like week.

Tait: Halve. Too tough to call. Garcia hasn’t sparked, while Kim has shown flashes of brilliance and stupidity. Match halved.

Soderstrom: Europe, 2 up. A 180 for El Nino, who usually plays well on Friday and Saturdays and then takes a dive on Sunday.

12:14 p.m. — Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Paul Casey (E)

Babineau: United States, 2 up. Casey has been inexplicably quiet in these matches, while Mahan has had a full opportunity to soak in the scene, being one of only two U.S. team members to play all five matches.

Hoggard: Halve. A pair of young lions play to a tie in an explosive match.

Tait: United States, 3 and 2. Casey is another who’s been unimpressive, while rookie Mahan has shone.

Soderstrom: United States, 2 up. Casey has been too erratic to bet on against anyone.

12:25 p.m. — Justin Leonard (U.S.) vs. Robert Karlsson (E)

Babineau: Europe, 3 and 2. Karlsson continues his hot play of Saturday, when he birdied six holes in a seven-hole stretch, to overtake Leonard, who has been one of the U.S. team pillars this week.

Hoggard: Halve. Leonard just sharp enough to forge a halve after long, emotional week.

Tait: Europe, 1 up. Two great putters going to head to head should be great to watch. Karlsson’s flat stick should just prevail.

Soderstrom: Europe, 2 and 1. Leonard will fight hard, but Karlsson will make too many birdies in the end.

12:36 p.m. — Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Justin Rose (E)

Babineau: United States, 2 and 1. Mickelson closes strongly against Rose, but it won’t be easy. The Englishman is a Ryder rookie in name only, and already has two victories under his belt.

Hoggard: United States, 1 up. Lefty continues to struggle with putter, but scratches out key point.

Tait: Europe, 2 and 1. Mickelson has looked pretty ordinary except a couple of times he’s been paired with Kim. Lefty reverts to Ryder Cup type and goes down.

Soderstrom: Halve. Sticking to the theme this week, Lefty will take an early lead but give it back in the end.

12:47 p.m. — Kenny Perry (U.S.) vs. Henrik Stenson (E)

Babineau: Europe, 2 up. The younger legs of Stenson will prevail here, even though Perry will look to end a dream Ryder Cup in winning fashion.

Hoggard: Europe, 1 up. Kentucky’s own can’t keep pace with powerful Swede, but American victory eases pain.

Tait: United States, 3 and 2. The Kentuckian will get carried by the home crowd against the iffy Swede.

Soderstrom: United States, 1 up. Iceman melts under pressure from Kentuckian cheers and this fairytale gets its happy endings.

12:58 p.m. — Boo Weekley (U.S.) vs. Oliver Wilson (E)

Babineau: United States, 3 and 1: The Boo birds will be out in droves, as Weekley takes his place as an adopted Kentuckian with a closing victory over fellow Ryder rookie Wilson.

Hoggard: United States, 2 and 1. Ballstriker prevails to earn man of the match honors.

Tait: Europe, 1 up. On paper Weekley should win but I’m going for the upset. Wilson is good and under-rated.

Soderstrom: United States, 1 up. Wilson will play Weekley tough all afternoon, but Boo will hit a shot on 18 to win that we will never forget.

1:09 p.m. — J.B. Holmes (U.S.) vs. Soren Hansen (E)

Babineau: Europe, 3 and 2. Hansen’s consistency will prove too much for Holmes, who has struggled at times beneath the bright spotlight of home.

Hoggard: Europe, 1 up. Holmes struggles to hit fairways and Hansen continues strong play.

Tait: Europe, 2 and 1. I’m not buying into the long hitting, home crowd favorite stuff with Holmes. Hansen is more consistent than the wayward Holmes.

Soderstrom: Europe, 2 up. What they said.

1:20 p.m. — Jim Furyk (U.S.) vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez (E)

Babineau: United States, 3 and 2. Two gritty veterans will duel it out, but in the end, Furyk will prevail, keeping the colorful Mechanic winless in Ryder Cup singles play.

Hoggard: United States, 2 and 1. American workhorse cruises past off-form Spaniard.

Tait: United States, 4 and 3. Furyk is just too strong in this battle of the veterans.

Soderstrom: Europe, 3 and 2. This could be the upset that spoils the American victory party.

1:31 p.m. — Stewart Cink (U.S.) vs. Graeme McDowell (E)

Babineau: Europe, 4 and 3. Cink has not played well, and has an inopportune pairing in having to face the red-hot McDowell, who has been a stud in his debut.

Hoggard: Europe, 3 and 2. Northern Irishman shows why he will be a key part of future European teams.

Tait: Europe, 3 and 2. Cink is sunk by the Euro rookie. McDowell has been a revelation.

Soderstrom: Europe, 5 and 4. McDowell, McMan of the Match?

1:42 p.m. — Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Ian Poulter (E)

Babineau: United States, 1 up. This one could be a doozy. Poulter is playing fabulously, but perhaps the toll of playing five matches will catch up to him against the steely Stricker, who has the putter on track. This should be the clinching point.

Hoggard: Halve. Poulter continues solid play, but Stricker’s putting prevails as the Americans clinch cup.

Tait: Europe, 2 and 1. This match should feature great putting, but Poulter’s confidence should prevail.

Soderstrom: Europe, 2 and 1. A look into Poulter’s eyes yesterday tells the whole story.

1:53 p.m. — Ben Curtis (U.S.) vs. Lee Westwood (E)

Babineau: Europe, 3 and 2. Westwood’s experience prevails over the U.S. rookie, who has had a challenging time finding birdies at Valhalla.

Hoggard: Europe, 1 up. Englishman rebounds after tough Friday four-ball loss.

Tait: Europe, 4 and 3. Curtis hasn’t exactly sparkled and will be no match for the seasoned Westwood.

Soderstrom: Europe, 4 and 3. Westwood’s week hasn’t been particularly magical, but he makes up for it Sunday.

2:04 p.m. — Chad Campbell (U.S.) vs. Padraig Harrington (E)

Babineau: Halve. If Capt. Azinger gets his wish, this one likely will become moot before they turn for home, and Capt. Faldo could come under fire for playing one of his top guns so late in the lineup (Brookline, anyone?). However, Campbell could atone for a rough week by standing up to the three-time major champion, who seems to be a bit tired from his memorable summer major run.

Hoggard: Europe, 3 and 2. British Open and PGA champion doesn’t blink on final nine holes. Nor does he give Texan much of a chance.

Tait: Europe, 5 and 4. Campbell has had trouble finding Valhalla’s fairways. He will be no match for the three-time major winner.

Soderstrom: Europe, 6 and 5. Paddy in the final group on a Sunday? C’mon.


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