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US and Europe target fast starts to end Ryder Cup

Published on Sep 30, 2012 5:12 PM
Team Europe's Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 17th hole during the afternoon Four Ball Match on the second day of the 39th Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club on Sept 29, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. -- PHOTO: AFP

MEDINAH, Illinois (Reuters) - Going into today's concluding singles matches at the Ryder Cup, the heavily favoured United States (US) team hope to continue their free-wheeling style of play while Europe have been left banking on a miracle comeback.

Both sides have top-loaded their line-ups for what promises to be an intriguing last day at Medinah Country Club, where birdies have been plentiful.

The US need only four-and-a-half more points to regain the Cup after building a commanding 10-6 lead in Saturday afternoon's fourballs, while holders Europe require eight more points to retain the trophy.

"We just want to win each segment," said US captain Davis Love III.

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Background story

Pairings for Sunday's singles matches (American names first)

Match 1: Bubba Watson vs Luke Donald

Match 2: Webb Simpson vs Ian Poulter

Match 3: Keegan Bradley vs Rory McIlroy

Match 4: Phil Mickelson vs Justin Rose

Match 5: Brandt Snedeker vs Paul Lawrie

Match 6: Dustin Johnson vs Nicolas Colsaerts

Match 7: Zach Johnson vs Graeme McDowell

Match 8: Jim Furyk vs Sergio Garcia

Match 9: Jason Dufner vs Peter Hanson

Match 10: Matt Kuchar vs Lee Westwood

Match 11: Steve Stricker vs Martin Kaymer

Match 12: Tiger Woods vs Francesco Molinari