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European captain Bernhard Langer of Germany watches the play at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September 17, 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
European captain Bernhard Langer of Germany watches the play at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September 17, 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Langer's men set for singles showdown

Europe's singles lineup for Sunday's final day features experience spread down through the order as Bernhard Langer tries secure the 3 1/2 points required to retain Cup.


September 19, 2004

Europe's singles line up for the final day of The 35th Ryder Cup Matches sees experience spread down through the order as Bernhard Langer tries to ensure that his side secure the three and a half points required to retain the glittering trophy they memorably won at The De Vere Belfry two years ago.

After another outstanding day for Europe in fourball and foursomes golf, Langer - whose team took the trophy over the Atlantic Ocean on Monday - is close to ensuring its return journey at the beginning of next week.

With 12 singles matches to follow on Sunday, Europe are close to victory but they will be wary of America's final throw of the dice.

Hal Sutton, the American Captain, has chosen to send his team out in the exact order they qualified for the Ryder Cup with his big guns Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III leading the way, while picks Jay Haas and Stewart Cink will fill the final two places.

In the opening match, which will tee off at 12 noon (ET), Englishman Paul Casey will play against Woods. Rookie Casey will be under the gun from the outset but will no doubt be buoyed by his debut appearance in the Ryder Cup on Saturday which saw him team up him with compatriot David Howell in the fourball matches to beat Jim Furyk and Chad Campbell on the final green at Oakland Hills Country Club.

Langer has positioned one of the pillars of his team, Spaniard Sergio Garcia, in the second singles slot to face Mickelson.
In the next match Darren Clarke from Northern Ireland will battle it out against Love.

In the middle order Lee Westwood from England, in match five, will play against Kenny Perry while Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, who has yet to lose in singles in The Ryder Cup, will face David Toms. England's Luke Donald, unbeaten so far in three matches this week, will play in the seventh match against Campbell.

Irishman Padraig Harrington will help bring some experience to the tail end of singles matches for Europe by playing in the 11th match against Jay Haas. Haas was one of his Captain's picks and is second last out before Stewart Cink in the final group.

Cink will square up against Ireland's Paul McGinley, the man who holed the winning putt for Europe in The Ryder Cup two years ago.


In match four, rookie Howell will compete against Furyk while Spain's Miguel Angel Jim?nez will face Chris DiMarco is game eight. Frenchman Thomas Levet will play Fred Funk in the ninth match. New boy Ian Poulter will play Chris Riley in the tenth match.

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