After another big day for the Americans, the 43rd playing of the Ryder Cup has a decisive frontrunner with the United States carrying an 11-5 lead into Sunday as a -5000 favorite. All that’s left is Sunday’s singles where the U.S. has a decided advantage as well with a more stacked 12-man lineup compared to its European counterparts.
No team has surmounted a deficit as big as the one Europe is facing entering the final day of competition, but two teams — the Americans in 1999 Ryder Cup and the Europeans in 2012 — have mounted comebacks to win facing 10-6 deficits. A come-from-behind victory from Europe would be improbable … just not impossible.
Now that the singles pairings are out, though, that rings doubly true. The best of the U.S. pitted against the best of Europe is — on paper — a favorable matchup for the Americans. Having the best talent should help them get over the finish line with a win on home soil as the United States is looking to win its second straight Ryder Cup at home but just its third overall since the turn of the century.