The Loop

Sunday singles: Kim-Garcia in leadoff spot

September 20, 2008

LOUISVILLE--The fireworks are likely to start early during the final day of the 37th Ryder Cup as two of the most exuberant players on either team--Anthony Kim and Sergio Garcia--lead off the order for Sunday singles. Here's a look at all 12 matches:

12:03 p.m.

Anthony Kim (U.S.) vs. Sergio Garcia (E)

For as good as his overall Ryder Cup record is, Garcia is just 1-3 in singles play.

12:14 p.m.

Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Paul Casey (E)

Mahan has become a break-out star in Louisville while Casey has struggled to get into any kind of rhythm.

12:25 p.m.

Justin Leonard (U.S.) vs. Robert Karlsson (E)

A match-up of arguably the two hottest players on either side, Leonard posting a 2-0-1 record and Karlsson having made seven birdies over his last 10 holes Saturday.

12:36 p.m.

Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Justin Rose (E)

Lefty hasn't won a Ryder Cup singles match since 1999.

12:47 p.m.

Kenny Perry (U.S.) vs. Henrik Stenson (E)

A little home-cooking might be the intangible that Perry needs in an otherwise even match.

12:58 p.m.

Boo Weekley (U.S.) vs. Oliver Wilson (E)

Wilson impressed in his come-from-behind foursomes win Saturday, but he will have to handle the "Boo"birds

1:09 p.m.

J.B. Holmes (U.S.) vs. Soren Hansen (E)

Two rookies looking to leave their marks on the matches. Holmes doesn't have a partner to lean on if his driver starts getting balky.

1:20 p.m.

Jim Furyk (U.S.) vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez (E)

Furyk has the best singles record of any player on the U.S. side (3-1).

1:31 p.m.

Stewart Cink (U.S.) vs. Graeme McDowell (E)

McDowell looks very comfortable at Valhalla while Cink still appears to be searching for his form.

1:42 p.m.

Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Ian Poulter (E)

Both proved their mettle Saturday, holing clutch birdie putts on the 18th to secure points for their teams.

1:53 p.m.

Ben Curtis (U.S.) vs. Lee Westwood (E)

Westwood's streak of 12 straight matches without a loss ended Saturday afternoon.

2:04 p.m.

Chad Campbell (U.S.) vs. Padraig Harrington (E)

If it comes down to the final match, having a three-time major champion in the anchor position has to make the Euros feel pretty good.

Captains' comments

Paul Azinger, U.S.

"We got our 12 guys out in the order we wanted them. I don't know what else to say. There was a little bit of discussion about it, and we kind of had a big group huddle. I already had this in my mind that this is how I wanted to do it, and I was just getting a little confirmation. Anyone who tried to make it any different, I just explained to them why I thought they might be wrong."

Nick Faldo, Europe

"We've been in there for a half hour doing this. Everybody was involved in this, so we've thought long and hard of it. It has been an extremely tight match so far, so we will see."

-- Ryan Herrington