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Ryder Cup begins in Scotland this week

Posted Sep 18, 2014 by Kev Hedges
One of the biggest dates in the Scottish calendar starts this week and you could drum up support for the Europeans or the Americans. Yes, it's time for the Ryder Cup golf tournament again and it's being played at the home of golf — Gleneagles in Scotlan
Ryder Cup trophy
Ryder Cup trophy
Dan Perry
Will the Americans get your vote or will you decide to show your support for the Europeans? Ten of the last 15 Ryder Cup match play events have been won by a margin of just a couple of points or less. Seven were won by just ONE point and in 1989, it was neck and neck and the cup was tied.
It is this thrilling scoreline that really gets the heart pumping, the nerves jangling and the world of golf ready for the biggest event in the calender of this great sport. In the previous event in 2012, Europe were the holders and had four of the world's top five players on their team. But on the Saturday afternoon the Europeans found themselves on the edge of a mauling at 10-4 down.
It was known as Europe's Miracle in Medinah where Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald stole a march over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker before Ian Poulter sparked the miraculous turnaround in Europe's favour.
This time around Team Europe will be captained by Paul McGinley and he will have selected some of the hottest properties in the golfing world to boost his side's defence of the cup. The likes of Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson will match up against America's finest.
Team USA is captained by Tom Watson and he'll have the big hitters Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk at his disposal. The event takes places at the Gleneagles Hotel for only the second time in the history of this competition. It's a huge event and starts on September 23 just a few days after another big event in the country, which will see residents vote on the small matter of independence from the United Kingdom.