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At a Glance: Sunday's Singles matches

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MATCH 17
ANTHONY KIM VS. SERGIO GARCIA
12:03 p.m. ET

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Overview: Great matchup to lead off the Singles, with two of the PGA Tour's biggest young guns. Ryder Cup rookie Anthony Kim obviously has never played a singles match in this kind of atmosphere. Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia, for all his Ryder Cup heroics, has not fared as well in Singles play. After watching Kim's performance with teammate Phil Mickelson on the first day at Valhalla, some observers wondered if the Americans had "finally found their Sergio." Meanwhile, the U.S. team has been able to slice into the Garcia mystique at the Ryder Cup, preventing him from winning any of his first three matches. Kim seems impervious to pressure and should be able to handle the lead-off role. Most of the pressure will probably be on Garcia's shoulders. After all, Europe needs to get off to a good start and not allow the Americans to establish the momentum with their front-loaded lineup.

Prediction: Kim is a perfect leadoff man, the kind of energetic player who the Americans can feed off. Garcia is not showing the form he's had in recent weeks. Kim wins 1-up.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Anthony Kim 0-0-0 1-1-1
EUROPE
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Sergio Garcia 1-3-0 14-5-4

MATCH 18
HUNTER MAHAN VS. PAUL CASEY
12:14 p.m. ET

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Overview: U.S. Captain Paul Azinger obviously doesn't mind throwing a couple of rookies out early, as Mahan will follow Anthony Kim. Meanwhile, Casey offers Europe a steady hand, and he's had success in match play competition, having won the HSBC World Match Play in 2006 with a decisive 10 & 8 victory over Shaun Micheel. In additon, Casey reached the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2007. Mahan has performed admirably in his first Ryder Cup, winning two matches and halving two others, although he didn't contribute much on his final back nine in Saturday's Four-Ball. Casey has played just two matches and should be well-rested. Casey is the big hitter, ranking 17th in driving distance on the PGA Tour; Mahan is the shot-maker, ranking third in greens in regulation. Neither one of them does much with the putter (Mahan ranks 141st, Casey ranks 198th) so don't expect to see any bombs drained.

Prediction: Casey's putting doesn't exactly inspire confidence, but fortunately for Europe, he's not facing a big-time putter, so that might not make much difference. Even so, Mahan has showed a little more this week. Mahan wins 2 & 1.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Hunter Mahan 0-0-0 2-0-2
EUROPE
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Paul Casey 1-1-0 3-2-3

MATCH 19
JUSTIN LEONARD VS. ROBERT KARLSSON
12:25 p.m. ET

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Overview: Leonard finally broke his drought by winning his first two Ryder Cup matches (with Hunter Mahan) on Friday, and has yet to lose a match this week. But will he be able to maintain that momentum without Mahan by his side? Leonard remains one of the game's top putters, but even he had to be impressed with the putting exhibition that Karlsson put on in the Saturday Four-Ball match against Mahan and Phil Mickelson. Karlsson had six birdies on the back nine to carry partner Henrik Stenson and forge a tie. Let's face it ... if Karlsson continues to wield the hot putter, this match could be over quickly. But what are the odds that he can keep that going? Incidentally, Karlsson has never won in three Accenture Match Play appearances.

Prediction: Leonard obviously has the ability to produce magic in Singles, with that 45-foot putt at Brookline. But that was nine years ago. Karlsson seems to be in top form now. Karlsson wins 2 & 1.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Justin Leonard 0-0-2 2-3-6
EUROPE
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Robert Karlsson 0-1-0 0-2-4

MATCH 20
PHIL MICKELSON VS. JUSTIN ROSE
12:36 p.m. ET

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Overview: After winning his first three Singles matches at the Ryder Cup, Mickelson has lost his last three, including a 3 & 2 decision to Phillip Price in 2002. The pressure is on to find a way to reverse that trend, especially against a Ryder Cup rookie. Rose has played well with good friend Ian Poulter this week, but that safety net of having his good friend by his side is now gone. Mickelson had four birdies and an eagle in his Four-Ball match Saturday afternoon and has played at a higher level this week than in his previous two Ryder Cups. The Americans need to count on their biggest name delivering this win, and Mickelson seems sufficiently energized going into the match.

Prediction: Rose has enjoyed lots of success this week, but he was fortunate in being paired with arguably the tournament's hottest player in Poulter. Expect Mickelson to break his three-match losing streak in Singles. Mickelson wins 3 & 2.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Phil Mickelson 3-3-0 10-13-6
EUROPE
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Justin Rose 0-0-0 2-1-0

MATCH 21
KENNY PERRY VS. HENRIK STENSON
12:47 p.m. ET

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Overview: Perhaps no player will get better vibes from the pro-American crowd on Sunday than Perry, the homestate hero who has said that this Ryder Cup will define his career. If so, then this match will be his biggest moment. Kenny has handled the pressure of trying to perform in front of the massive group of fans at Valhalla who want him to succeed, and the nervousness that he experienced on Day 1 has long since subsided. Stenson, meanwhile, has been solid most of this week, but not exactly spectacular. Still, he has won his only Ryder Cup Singles match against Vaughn Taylor in 2006. Perry will be a much tougher chore, though. He's been waiting for this day his entire life.

Prediction: As much as this seems to be Perry's time to shine, you better know this -- Stenson is one tough cookie in Singles. He finished third at the Accenture Match Play Championship this year and won it the year before. That track record is too good to ignore. Stenson wins 1 up.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Kenny Perry 0-1-0 1-3-1
EUROPE
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Henrik Stenson 1-0-0 2-2-2

MATCH 22
BOO WEEKLEY VS. OLIVER WILSON
12:58 p.m. ET

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Overview: A couple of Ryder Cup rookies square off, and you can bet the "Boo" birds will be out in full force. Weekley has engaged the crowd better than any other American this week, and his aw-shucks attitude seems to have negated any of the pressure he should be feeling. Wilson is the only player on either side without a professional win in his career, but he shouldn't be underestimated. He certainly looked solid in the Saturday Foursome match in which he and Henrik Stenson pulled off the upset of Anthony Kim and Phil Mickelson. But it would've been good to have seen him in one more match; having played just 17 holes in the past two days may make him a little tight.

Prediction: Weekley joked Saturday night that he feels he's an "adopted son" of Kentucky. They'll certainly treat him like one of their own on Sunday -- and that may be enough to unnerve Wilson. Even if it doesn't, Weekley seems to have a little more going for him right now. Weekley wins 1 up.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Boo Weekley 0-0-0 1-0-1
EUROPE
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Oliver Wilson 0-0-0 1-0-0

MATCH 23
J.B. HOLMES VS. SOREN HANSEN
1:09 p.m. ET

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Overview: The second consecutive match between rookies. Anyone think captains Paul Azinger and Nick Faldo secretly got together and decided to just pair these guys off in a show of sportsmanship? OK, maybe not. Even so, this could be one of those matches that gets overlooked at the start of the day, but by the time it reaches the final few holes, it could have huge implications. Holmes wasn't that impressive in his Saturday appearance, even though he and partner Boo Weekley produced the win over Hansen and Lee Westwood. Holmes will need to play smarter. Hansen had a couple of birdies, but it was mostly Westwood's play that kept the match close.

Prediction: Holmes is the big hitter who draw oohs and aahs with his drives but also make a few gaffes as he gets closer to the pin. Hansen has not won on the European Tour since 2002. This seems like a perfect half-point for each side.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
J.B. Holmes 0-0-0 1-0-1
EUROPE
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Soren Hansen 0-0-0 0-1-1

MATCH 24
JIM FURYK VS. MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ
1:20 p.m. ET

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Overview: A couple of savvy veterans go head-to-head in perhaps the best matchup of the final six matches. You may not have noticed Furyk's play on Saturday afternoon but it was spectacular; he had six birdies in his last 11 holes but couldn't manage to win a single hole on any of those birdies. Plus, he's pretty good in Singles, having beaten Nick Faldo (in 1997) and Sergio Garcia (in 1999). Jimenez can't match those credentials, but he shouldn't be underestimated; after all, he does have 15 wins on the European tour. But he hasn't been all that impressive at Valhalla and the course may not suit him. Furyk has been in better form of late and knows how to win big Sunday Singles.

Prediction: The Americans may have been fortunate with this draw. Had European Captain Nick Faldo flip-flopped Jimenez with Graeme McDowell (who's playing the match immediately after this one), it might have been a more advantageous pairing for Europe. Furyk should take care of business in this one, winning 3 & 2.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Jim Furyk 3-1-1 7-13-3
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Miguel Angel Jimenez 0-2-0 2-6-3

MATCH 25
STEWART CINK VS. GRAEME MCDOWELL
1:31 p.m. ET

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Overview: Stewart Cink has the edge in experience and he has some big scalps in match play. He defeated Sergio Garcia in 2006 at the Ryder Cup and reached the finals of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship earlier this year. He's 2-1-1 in Singles at the Presidents Cup, as well. Cink has only played two Foursomes this year, though, and Saturday morning's effort left a lot to be desired. McDowell, on the other hand, has gotten better with each match he's played in his Ryder Cup debut. He was so solid on Saturday afternoon as he and Ian Poulter picked up a point for the Europeans that one of his opponents, Jim Furyk, sai McDowell was "absolutely on fire today. He played as good golf as I've seen in the Ryder Cup."

Prediction: McDowell, a two-time winner on the European Tour this year, has the confidence and the game. He grew up playing match play, and he loves the format. Cink, on the other hand, hasn't been able to find his comfort zone this week. McDowell will win, 3 & 2.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Stewart Cink 1-2-0 4-6-0
EUROPE
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Graeme McDowell 0-0-0 1-1-1

MATCH 26
STEVE STRICKER VS. IAN POULTER
1:42 p.m. ET

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Overview: Based on the way Poulter has played in the first two days, this seems to be a serious mismatch. Poulter has been the best player on the European side, and he's obviously determined to justify Nick Faldo's faith in making him a Captain's pick. (Note to Ian: We got the message! We'll never mention Darren Clarke's name again!). Stricker had five birdies in Saturday afternoon's Four-Ball and shouldn't be taken lightly. But Poulter, who beat Chris Riley four years ago in his previous Ryder Cup Singles match, is on a mission. The intensity he showed late on Saturday could be seriously intimidating to opponents, even the stoic Stricker.

Prediction: You could argue that Faldo should have sent Poulter out early in hopes of building some European momentum, because this match may not matter if the Americans get off to a quick start. Faldo is obviously hoping to get the Ryder Cup to the final few matches and let his big names take over. Either way, Poulter wins 3 & 2.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Steve Stricker 0-0-0 0-1-1
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Ian Poulter 1-0-0 4-2-0

MATCH 27
BEN CURTIS VS. LEE WESTWOOD
1:53 p.m. ET

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Overview: To say Westwood will come out with something to prove Sunday is probably an understatement. One of Europe's most steady performers, the 35-year-old has not won a match this year at Valhalla. He's played in five previous Ryder Cups, and Westwood has never won fewer than two so this is his last chance at redemption. Not to mention, he saw his unbeaten streak snapped at 12 matches when he and Soren Hansen were beaten by Boo Weekley and J.B. Holmes in Four-balls Saturday afternoon. Sure, he's tied with Arnold Palmer for tops in that category, but Westwood wants the win. To lead the charge that would enable Europe to come-from-behind and retain the Cup would be the only consolation. Curtis, who didn't make a single birdie in his opening Four-ball match, found his sea legs with Steve Stricker Saturday afternoon as they gutted out a halve. The former British Open champion will be in a whole different realm on Sunday, though.

Prediction: European Captain Nick Faldo gambled and put much of his firepower at the end of the lineup so Westwood needs to deliver. He hasn't won on the European Tour this year -- although he finished one shot out of a playoff at the U.S. Open and and has five other top-three finishes. He should have little problem with Curtis, winning 3 & 2 and salvaging this Cup for himself.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Ben Curtis 0-0-0 0-1-1
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Ian Poulter 1-0-0 4-2-0

MATCH 28
CHAD CAMPBELL VS. PADRAIG HARRINGTON
2:04 p.m. ET

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Overview: OK, so Harrington hasn't won a Ryder Cup match in his last eight matches. And he's lost two of his three matches this week before he sat out Saturday afternoon. Here's the deal -- it doesn't matter. The guy has taken charge in three of the last six majors, and has drained so many clutch putts this week that they should name a national holiday after him back in his native Ireland (Oh, wait, they already did -- St. Paddy's Day). Campbell has yet to lose at Valhalla this week, and that's nothing to sneeze about. But if Harrington is OK physically and if this match means anything, he'll rise to the occasion.

Prediction: Of course, the match may NOT mean anything. That's the risk Faldo is taking by putting Harrington last. But you've got to like having the three-time major winner as the anchor. If the Ryder Cup goes down to the 28th and final match, then Europe's in good shape. Harrington wins 3 & 2.

USA
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Chad Campbell 1-1-0 2-4-2
EUROPE
Player Singles Record Overall Record
Padraig Harrington 3-1-0 7-10-3