Six of them were at East Lake for the Tour Championship. A match can end early if the winning team is up more holes than there are left to play.
The European Tour, maybe hoping to drive out as many European fans as possible after losing to the United States two years ago, has built a enormous grandstand on the first tee that will sit up to 6,900 patrons when the tournament kicks off.
It is an offshoot of the world Woods constructed for so long. The Americans have confidence from winning big at Hazeltine two years ago - Woods was a vice captain that week - and from a team that boasts nine major champions.
The Ryder Cup could be exactly what McIlroy requires. "It's going to be an awesome environment", Woods said.
There is already trophy-case hardware for Woods from Le Golf National. First team to 14.5 points of the 28 available wins. He was the best player in the world for nearly the entirety of two decades, and he regularly beat fields of 144 or 156 competitors. He found a house a few miles away where the owners let him pitch his tent in the yard for three pounds a night.
Hold off on that return of a Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson pairing in the Ryder Cup.
Furyk said many factors were involved in trying to pick the right pairings and he relied a lot on the information his vice-captains fed back to him from following the practice groups.
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The USA is the defending champion after a resounding 17-11 victory at Hazeltine two years ago, but it has not won on European soil since 1993. Still, it's an odd sight: Tiger, with an earpiece wrapped around his head rather than a hand wrapped around a club. That's what the pressure of the Ryder Cup is about: the guys who can knock in the putts. That got him in the Masters, which was nice. But it was also part of a rebranding, and choking back tears mattered. They did play some golf yesterday. This was more real and accessible, more human.
It is the first time the Ryder Cup has been staged in France.
On Friday night, shortly after play has finished, he will have to get his selection in for the Saturday morning fourballs.
That was a reference to Sutton being the captain in 2004 when he sent out Woods and Mickelson twice, both losses. Players have to switch off hitting tee shots no matter who made the putt on the previous hole.
"We both feel like we're playing well, and we want to go out there and represent our country the best", said Reed, who in two Ryder Cups has been called "Captain America" because of his fist-pumping, ear-cupping, finger-shushing bravado. So there's more than one type of match? We have seen his best on Tour. The Americans lost all those Ryder Cups.
Rory McIlroy and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen face world number one Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler, while English duo Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton take on Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. Not only have the young American stars never been teammates with Woods - U.S. vs. Europe, with a continent rooting against them - but they never really faced Tiger in competition at his best, either. "I think that when my game is there, I feel like I've always been a tough person to beat". "They have jokingly been saying that, 'We want to go against you'. Here you go. And we had a run at it". Obviously I had a three-shot cush (lead), which is awfully nice, but still, I had not done it in five years. And if he manages to win his matches, and the US wins the Ryder Cup on European soil for the first time in a quarter of a century, he'll go a long way toward completing a transformation that few could have foreseen a year ago.
Tiger just met another Tiger.