Westwood singles story
Lee Westwood will lead out the singles (Getty Images)

Westwood out first against Stricker

Lee Westwood will again be Europe’s talisman, leading the Team out first to take on Steve Stricker in the Final Day Singles of The 2010 Ryder Cup.

Sarah Gwynn, European Tour Editorial Staff

Westwood has been in superb form so far in the contest, inspiring Europe to a 9½-6½ lead after a stunning third session in which the hosts won five and a half points from six. The Englishman will fancy his chances against Stricker after he and Luke Donald powered to a 6&5 victory over the American and his partner Tiger Woods in the foursomes on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy is up second for Europe, taking on Stewart Cink, who is undefeated at The Celtic Manor Resort so far, while the in-form Donald is matched up against Jim Furyk.

Martin Kaymer is up against Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter takes on Matt Kuchar and Ross Fisher faces a tough clash with Jeff Overton, who has been impressive despite losing with Bubba Watson in the third session to Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jiménez.

Watson has a chance for revenge as he takes on Jiménez in the seventh match, while Tiger Woods is not out until the eighth match, against Francesco Molinari.

Francesco’s older brother Edoardo is in the match behind, taking on Rickie Fowler, and they are followed by Hanson and Phil Mickelson, who has endured a torrid time so far and remains pointless.

Padraig Harrington is matched with Zach Johnson, and in the final group Graeme McDowell faces a tussle with Hunter Mahan, both of them rookies two years ago at Valhalla.

Montgomerie said: “We are going here as if it's tied to try and win the singles session.  That's our goal. Our goal is to win the singles session tomorrow, and if we do that, of course we'll win.”

The European Captain is confident rookie McIlroy will not be daunted by the task of going out second, saying: “I'm sure he can cope and that's why he’s there, because we feel that he is that good.”

Of McDowell being out last, Montgomerie added: “He's a very confident young man and gained in confidence obviously with his US Open success. I think that if it does come down to that particular match, I have great strength in every position in my team.  But there's a reason why Graeme McDowell is where he is, yes, at that number 12 position, and a very confident and very solid performer.

 “It does surprise me that match eight and match ten (for the USA) contain the number one and two in the world, but at the same time, it is a very, very  strong American line-up, same as ours.  This job has not been done yet.”

United States Corey Pavin justified putting World Number One Woods as low down the order as eighth, saying: “I think that's a great spot for him. If the matches go well, to start off, I think the eighth slot is a very important slot. 

“I mean, they are all going to be important slots tomorrow.  But I think having Tiger there gives someone that I can put in that spot that I feel like is going to have a great chance to win his match, and end up being an important spot possibly.

“I put experience out for the first, and I've put guys that have been playing very well lately in the next few spots   gosh, quite a few of the next few spots.  And I finished off with guys that can handle pressure of a Ryder Cup win on their shoulders. 

“The last three spots in particular – ten, 11, 12 - I feel that Phil, Zach and Hunter are good people to have in a very high pressure situation that could develop in those slots.”

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