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U.S. or Europe? Make your Ryder Cup pick

U.S. Ryder Cup
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The U.S. team Wednesday at Medinah.

We asked our PGA Tour Confidential panelists: Which team wins the Ryder Cup, and which player on the winning team plays the most critical role? Read their answers below, and scroll down to make your own pick:

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

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

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

Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: 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.

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

Jim Herre, managing editor, SI Golf Group: 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.

Jeff Ritter, senior producer, Golf.com: 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.

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: The Americans. Ryder Cup rookies, led by Snedeker, make the difference.

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