By Matt Newman
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Here’s your quick and subjective guide to which captain is giving his team the edge at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

BEST USE OF HEAVY HITTERS: Captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley gave us a marquee matchup by pairing Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson against best bros Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia in the final match of Friday morning’s four-ball. Serge and Rors should have the edge here -- but they don't. Rory might be too wound up. He showed up at Gleneagles without a date and was beating balls on the range by himself early Monday. He’s also toying with putting a new driver in play. Why mess with perfection? EDGE: Push

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BIGGEST SURPRISE: Watson paired Ryder Cup rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in the third match of the morning. They’ll play Stephen Gallacher, of Scotland, and match-play maniac Ian Poulter. Watson, at first glance, seems to be way out on a limb with this pairing. He’s not. Jordan Spieth is 21 going on 41. He's also a Gleneagles veteran after helping the US win the Junior Ryder Cup there in 2010. Reed (6-0 in match play during his NCAA career) is primed to become the American Colin Montgomerie as he dusts hometown hero Gallacher and the twitchy Poulter to cut the heart out of Team Europe. EDGE: Watson

THE VERDICT: Watson gets the edge, thanks to his bold pairing of rookies.

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