US versus Europe: 2010 Ryder CupSeptember 28, 2010 by Marc Jerbs

On Friday, the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport City, Wales is the host venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup. This great sporting event was first contested in 1927. This was conceptualized to match the best American professional golfers against its European counterparts.

The US team snaps its three consecutive Ryder Cup loss with an inspiring win last 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY. The US golfers' chemistry was more evident, played more relax and adhered to a fun atmosphere. Former PGA champion Paul Azinger was team USA's captain. He successfully formulated a plan to stop the US skid minus the service of world No. 1 Tiger Woods. Woods was forced to miss his first Ryder Cup while recovering from his knee surgery.

This year, the US team will defend the Ryder Cup trophy at the European team's home soil. US team captain Corey Pavin and European counterpart Colin Montgomerie have already predicted that this edition of the Ryder Cup will be much more intense, nerve-wracking and full of pressure as each team will field its best players in fourballs, foursomes and singles competitions.

The US team roster is led by Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Jeff Overton and Bubba Watson. The US captain's picks are Stewart Cink, Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

The European team roster is compose of Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood. The Europe's captain's picks are Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington and Edoardo Molinari.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the European team as the favorites to beat the US team at the 2010 Ryder Cup. The US team will need to display again their determination, courage and chemistry to turn the odds in their favor.