Expert Picks: Who will win the 39th Ryder Cup?

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Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker are a few reasons why the Americans appear to be the favorites.
September 26, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

Based on recent play in the FedExCup Playoffs, it appears the Americans have the advantage for the 39th Ryder Cup, which kicks off on Friday at Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago. But as always, anything goes in this pressure-packed event.

So what team does our staff at PGATOUR.COM think will win? We break it down here:

Expert Picks: The Ryder Cup
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Chris Dunham
Site Producer
They've alternated wins on U.S. soil since 1983 (seven Cups) -- look for the U.S. to break that trend in 2012. The U.S. has more players in form (all 12 at East Lake) and has a great mix despite the four rookies to Europe's one.

Mike McAllister
Managing Editor
Of the 12 players on the American team, 11 have posted at least one top 10 since August. The only player who hasn't is Zach Johnson, who had a terrific July. Up and down the roster, these guys are ready to make amends for the '10 loss.

Ryan Smithson
Site Producer
The matchup looks lopsided on paper, but the Europeans are unpredictable. They have some real question marks, while the Americans enter in top form with no real weaknesses. Nicolas Colsaerts and Martin Kaymer are huge question marks.

Bill Cooney
Site Producer
I think the FedExCup Playoffs will continue to have an impact in favor of the Americans. While a number of Europeans are also playing now, only seven of the 12 Europeans golfed in the Playoffs.

Brian Wacker
Site Producer
Home soil and the Americans' length off the tee will be factors. So will Brandt Snedeker's putting and Tiger's ball-striking. The U.S. is in better form top to bottom -- though the Europeans have more experience, which is why it will be close.

Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents
I think the Americans are playing better this year. Captain Love's picks more than validated themselves in the FedExCup Playoffs, too -- with Brandt Snedeker winning and Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson posting top-10s at East Lake.

Larry Dorman
Competition returns to the United States at Medinah and so does the Cup. When all else is equal, as it is this year, the edge goes to the home team.

D.J. Piehowski
Social Media Coordinator
Flag me for treason, but I'd love to see Sergio Garcia, after missing the '10 Ryder Cup, come back and lead his team. It's amazing to see Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter -- golf's varsity match play team -- labeled underdogs.

Rob Bolton
Fantasy Columnist
If Americas dominance on the PGA TOUR in 2012 was the main event, then this is the after-party. Matchups will be critical for European Captain Jose Maria Olazbal, who begins with virtually zero margin for error.

John Swantek
Host, On the Tee
Hard to believe not a single player on the United States team owns a winning Ryder Cup record. Yet, their players seem to be in slightly better form at the moment, with seven finishing T10 or better at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

Amanda Balionis
Host, PGA TOUR Today
It would be hard for me to pick against USA anyways, but my picking them goes beyond lack of objectivity here. You just can't ignore the way our guys have been playing, especially on the short grass. I think momentum is on USA's side.

Fred Albers
PGA TOUR radio
Europe has dominated play in the last decade because the U.S. players were rusty and the selection process was flawed. Both of those problems have been fixed. The U.S. has a quality team and the recent FedExCup Playoffs showed it, too.

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