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Stats suggest U.S. team has big advantage on greens

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Often times in match play, the outcome of a match can hinge on the result of a single putt – for a reminder of that maxim, just rewind the footage from last year's Ryder Cup.

With an increased importance placed on holing putts, be they 20-footers for birdie to win the hole or 8-footers for par to halve, the stats suggest that the U.S. squad may have a sizeable edge on the greens this week in Ohio – one that extends beyond simple 'home-field advantage.'

Led by Steve Stricker (second), the American squad boasts three players inside the top 10 in the final strokes gained putting standings from the 2013 PGA Tour season. In fact, half of the U.S. team ranked higher than the single best International putter on the PGA Tour this year (Jason Day, 29th).

While a third of the International team did not play enough PGA Tour rounds to qualify for last season's standings, it appears an upset win from Nick Price's visiting squad could require a week of uncharacteristically strong putting at Muirfield Village.

Full team rankings:


Steve Stricker (second in PGA Tour strokes gained putting for 2013 season)

Brandt Snedeker (fourth)

Phil Mickelson (sixth)

Tiger Woods (22nd)

Matt Kuchar (25th)

Hunter Mahan (27th)

Zach Johnson (30th)

Webb Simpson (40th)

Bill Haas (47th)

Keegan Bradley (49th)

Jordan Spieth (60th)

Jason Dufner (142nd)


Jason Day (29th)

Charl Schwartzel (44th)

Graham DeLaet (76th)

Marc Leishman (82nd)

Angel Cabrera (83rd)

Brendon De Jonge (92nd)

Adam Scott (102nd)

Ernie Els (126th)

Louis Oosthuizen (N/A)

Branden Grace (N/A)

Richard Sterne (N/A)

Hideki Matsuyama (N/A)