Ryder Cup 2014: Pairings, TV Coverage, Schedule, and Predictions

Every match of this year's Ryder Cup from Gleneagles in Scotland will be shown live in the United States for the first time. Team USA leads the all-time series 25-12-2.

Golf Channel will broadcast the Friday matches and NBC will handle the Saturday and Sunday matches, providing 26 1/2 total hours of live coverage.

Here’s what you need to know before the event:

Where: PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland

When: Sept. 26-28.

Captains: Paul McGinley (Europe), Tom Watson (USA)

Course length: 7,262 yards

Par: 36-36-72

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Format: Match play

Day 1 – 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches

Here are the pairings for the fourball matches:

Match 1: Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson vs. Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson

Match 2: Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker vs. Thomas Bjorn/Martin Kaymer

Match 3: Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed vs. Steven Gallacher/Ian Poulter

Match 4: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson vs. Sergio Garcia/Rory McIlroy Day 2 – 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches
Day 3 – 12 singles matches

 

Defending champion: Europe (needs 14 points to retain championship)

TV schedule: Friday: 2:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT | Golf Channel
Saturday: 3 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT | NBC
Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT | NBC

Livestream: NBC Sports Live Extra

Field: 24 players (12 for each side)

Europe:

Thomas Bjørn, Denmark
Jamie Donaldson, Wales
Victor Dubuisson, France
Stephen Gallacher, Scotland
Sergio García, Spain
Martin Kaymer, Germany
Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland
Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland
Ian Poulter, England
Justin Rose, England
Henrik Stenson, Sweden
Lee Westwood, England

United States:

Keegan Bradley, Jupiter, Florida
Rickie Fowler, Jupiter, Florida
Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Zach Johnson, St. Simons Island, Georgia
Matt Kuchar, St. Simons Island, Georgia
Hunter Mahan, Colleyville, Texas
Phil Mickelson, Rancho Sante Fe, California
Patrick Reed, Spring, Texas
Webb Simpson, Charlotte, North Carolina
Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas
Jimmy Walker, San Antonio, Texas
Bubba Watson, Orlando, Florida

Favorite: Europe

Purse: None

Writers from Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine give their predictions for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@AlanShipnuck): U.S. 14.5-13.5. It's a risk-reward course and the U.S. side collectively is significantly longer and in better form. I think Watson will out-captain McGinley. And playing at home as heavy favorites adds another layer of pressure for Europe.

Joe Passov, senior editor, Golf Magazine (@joepassov): The U.S is going to pull off the upset, thanks to a long, roomy, American-style course that plays into U.S. hands and also due to the law of averages. The U.S. would have won on a similar-type course at Medinah in 2012 if Europe hadn't drained a series of the most improbable putts in Ryder Cup history. I don't think Poulter or Rose will putt as well this time, and I think with the pressure off the U.S., being that they're the decided underdogs, they will come through. A "changed," charged-up Bubba Watson will make the difference in the 14.5 to 13.5 victory.

Jeff Ritter, senior editor, Sports Illustrated Golf Group (@Jeff_Ritter): The U.S is set up as a scrappy underdog, which could galvanize the group. But the Euros just have more proven strength at the top of their lineup (Rory, Sergio, GMac, Rose, Poulter). My patriotic heart would love to call the U.S. upset, but this pick comes straight from my wallet, and the billfold sees a football Sunday filled with Oles! Europe by a touchdown, 17-11.

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@GaryVanSickle): You have to like Europe's top five -- Rory, Rose, Kaymer, Stenson and McDowell -- over America's top five. Who is America's top five? I'm not even sure. That said, the Ryder Cup is effectively a putting contest, and if Webb Simpson and Phil Mickelson and two other players arrive with their A Games, the U.S. could win. Forced to pick, I'll take Europe, 15.5-12.5.

Eamon Lynch, managing editor, Golf.com (@eamonlynch): Of the nine Cups played since Tom Watson was last captain in 1993, Europe has won seven. With a lot of its players in form this year, call it eight of 10, but not by a wide margin, 15-13.

Josh Sens, contributing writer, Golf Magazine (@JoshSens): The U.S. If you look closely, they're not badly overmatched on paper. But Vegas has Europe as two-to-one favorites and the underdog narrative has swelled to such a point that it can only help the American side. U.S. wins 14.5-13.5.

Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated (@MarkGodich): Europe wins, 15–13. The home team is just stronger at the top. It will be tight going into singles, but McGinley will front-load his lineup and the Oles! will begin early.

Cameron Morfit, senior writer, Golf Magazine (@CameronMorfit): I think the U.S. is somehow going to pull this out, but the more I'm asked to restate this prediction, the less sense it makes. I don't know if it's Europe looking strong as much as Team USA looking slightly bereft, i.e. no Horschel, no Tiger, no D.J., no A.K., no Dufner. Fowler and Spieth and Reed are intriguing, though, in that they seem young and fearless. And there's no telling what Jimmy Walker is likely to make of this event. I'll say the U.S. wins 15-13.

David DeNunzio, senior editor, Golf Magazine (@daviddenunzio): It was going to be tough from the get-go for the American side, what with the Europeans fielding the No. 1 (McIlroy), No. 3 (Sergio), No. 4 (Stenson) and No. 6 (Rose) ranked players in the world. And that was before losing Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, as well as failing to sign the second-hottest golfer on the planet, Billy Horschel, to team Stars and Stripes. And don’t discount the home-field advantage. It’s over early Sunday. The other guys win.

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: U.S. in a landslide. Any other prediction is un-American.

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