Predictions for Sunday singles at 40th Ryder Cup


Europe leads the U.S., 10-6, through two days of the 40th edition of the Ryder Cup. Here are predictions for the Sunday singles matches at Gleneagles:

Jordan Spieth (U.S.) def. Graeme McDowell (Europe), 2 and 1.

The line: Tom Watson referred to the rookie as the future of the U.S. Ryder Cup team and he will solidify that status on Sunday.

Henrik Stenson (Europe) def. Patrick Reed (U.S.), 1 up.

The line: As well as Reed has played this week, and he has been solid, his putting was spotty late Saturday and he runs out of steam against the Swede.

Rickie Fowler (U.S.) def. Rory McIlroy (Europe), 1 up.

The line: Sure, the world No. 1 has been his dominant self but Fowler relishes the opportunity and has a surprisingly good head-to-head record against McIlroy.

Justin Rose (Europe) def. Hunter Mahan (U.S.), 3 and 2.

The line: The Englishman played perhaps the best round of his career during Saturday’s fourball session and has never lost a singles match in the Ryder Cup.

Phil Mickelson (U.S.) def. Stephen Gallacher (Europe), 2 up.

The line: After sitting out a full day for the first time in his Ryder Cup career on Saturday, Lefty will be looking to prove, and earn, a point.

Martin Kaymer (Europe) def. Bubba Watson (U.S.), 1 up.

The line: The German was seen by some as a liability this week but has delivered a steady performance, and Gleneagles is far from a perfect fit for Bubba.

Matt Kuchar (U.S.) def. Thomas Bjorn (Europe), 2 and 1.

The line: The American has been shut out so far this week but has played decent golf and Bjorn doesn’t have the firepower to match him.

Jim Furyk (U.S.) vs. Sergio Garcia (Europe), halve.

The line: The two have played each other twice in Ryder Cup singles play, in 1999 when the American won and 2012 when the Spaniard prevailed. It makes sense this one would be a draw.

Ian Poulter (Europe) def. Webb Simpson (U.S.), 4 and 3.

The line: This week hasn’t been Poults at his best, but the magician showed signs of life in his Saturday fourball match and secures the Ryder Cup for Europe. Seems about right.

Keegan Bradley (U.S.) def. Jamie Donaldson (Europe), 3 and 2.

The line: After sitting out all of Saturday’s action the energetic American cruises to his first singles victory.

Jimmy Walker (U.S.) def. Lee Westwood (Europe), 1 up.

The line: Walker ran out of steam on Saturday afternoon but he’s proven that he has the game to compete under the most intense pressure.

Victor Dubuisson (Europe) def. Zach Johnson (U.S.), 2 and 1.

The line: The Frenchman has been an assassin for captain Paul McGinley and, let’s be honest, by this time it will be hard for Johnson to maintain his motivation.