October 9, 2009

Sunday Singles: Pairings And Predictions

Hunter Mahan (USA) vs. Camilo Villegas (International)

Mahan hasn't played great, but last year's Ryder Cup experience gives him a victory and sends Villegas home winless.

Stewart Cink (USA) vs. Adam Scott (International)

Any chance of having both of these guys in the envelope? Sure Cink is struggling, but Scott shouldn't even be here.

Justin Leonard (USA) vs. Mike Weir (International)

It's not 1999. Weir picks up International Team's first Sunday point.

Anthony Kim (USA) vs. Robert Allenby (International)

Conventional wisdom indicates Kim might have some momentum after playing well down the stretch Saturday afternoon. Reality favors underrated resolve of Allenby.

Steve Stricker (USA) vs. Geoff Ogilvy (International)

Stricker right now is the third best player in the world. He boat-races Ogilvy in a rout.

Sean O'Hair (USA) vs. Ernie Els (International)

Els is awake this week at Harding. O'Hair isn't. Score one for the Big Easy.

Kenny Perry (USA) vs. Ryo Ishikawa (International)

Oldest player in the field (Perry) vs. youngest (Ishikawa). Blame it on Ryo as youth crushes experience.

Zach Johnson (USA) vs. Tim Clark (International) If this were a one-on-one basketball game, Johnson posts up an easy win. On the golf course, gutty Clark wins what should be a surprisingly decent match.

Tiger Woods (USA) vs. Y.E. Yang (International)

Yes, captains Couples and Norman have senses of humor. Tiger gains a small measure of vengeance for Hazeltine in a rout of the 2009 PGA champ.

Lucas Glover (USA) vs. Vijay Singh (International)

As Ben Crenshaw said, I have a feeling about this. Glover has been awful and Singh steady at 2-0-2. No reason to pick the US Open winner other than he's due.

Phil Mickelson (USA) vs. Retief Goosen (International)

Happy Phil continues his San Francisco run. He'll be touring every inch of Harding Park on way to a win and a 4-0-1 Cup. If there was a MVP of the matches, he'd get a few votes.

Jim Furyk (USA) vs. Angel Cabrera (International)

Furyk dressed in a clown suit for a cover of Golf World earlier this year. El Pato won't be laughing in a match that won't mean a thing other than filling out the final score. Mark it as a halve unless it matters, which it won't.

-- John Marvel