PGA Tour Confidential: Brandt Snedeker wins FedEx playoffs, Ryder Cup preview

Graeme McDowell, 2010 Ryder Cup
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Graeme McDowell and the Europeans are the defending champs ... but most of our panelists predict a different outcome at this year's event.

THE WINNER IS ...
Dusek: And finally, it's prediction time: Which team wins the Ryder Cup and which player on the winning team plays the most critical role?

Shipnuck: U.S., 14.5-13.5. Tiger beats Rory in the 12th singles match to clinch the Cup. Armageddon ensues.

Reiterman: U.S. They've got the better team top to bottom, and the home crowd has to be worth at least half a point.

Hanger: The U.S. wins, primarily because they're deeper, like Ryan said. To be consistent with my failed pick from last week, I think Dufner goes undefeated and leads the wild champagne-spraying on Sunday night.

Godich: The U.S. wins by a point, with crying machine Steve Stricker providing the clinching point in the state where he played college golf. But the star of the week will be Dustin Johnson.

Walker: Europe. The core of the team (McDowell, Westwood, McIlroy, Donald) is a little stronger than the U.S. side. It should be close though.

Hanger: Traitor!

Herre: I'm going to take the home team. As far as a potential difference-maker, I'll take the Duf. Paul Azinger, whose opinion I value on these things, says Dufner is a natural leader. He'll be a picture of calm, and even though he's a Ryder Cup rookie himself, he might make a great partner for Snedeker, another untested but promising player.

Ritter: My hunch is that the Euros will win another close one. Love makes one questionable pairing that all of us second-guess in next week's Confidential, while G-Mac and Donald have another huge Ryder Cup week. Euros win by two points.

Godich: Another traitor!

Bamberger: The Americans. Ryder Cup rookies, led by Snedeker, make the difference.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: Who wins the Ryder Cup, and which players make the difference?

LEXI VS. LEWIS
Dusek: A final-round 66 From Lexi Thompson wasn't enough to catch Stacy Lewis, whose 69 earned her the Navistar LPGA Classic title, her third win this season. Lewis is now No. 2 in the Women's World Golf Rankings, and Thompson is 22nd. Two years from now, which player will be ranked higher?

Herre: Probably Lewis. Lexi has a bigger game but not a better one.

Bamberger: I'm on such a roll as swami that I really shouldn't answer, but Lexi has way more upside, because of her length and athleticism.

Garrity: That's true, Michael, but she also looks like a 40-year-old Ben Hogan when she's got a four-foot putt.

Shipnuck: Lewis. She's much better on and around the greens, and her iron play is just as good. I love Lexi's power, but the rest of her game is not on Lewis's level.

Godich: I'll take Lewis. She has found her game and is playing with a ton of confidence. And I love her grit.

Walker: Lewis. Always bet on performance over potential.

Van Sickle: It's hard to see Lewis playing much better than she has. Lexi still has a lot of room to improve, especially in the short game. I'll go with Lexi, but players like Lewis are fun to watch and easy to root for.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: In two years, who's ranked higher: Stacy Lewis or Lexi Thompson?

 

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