World Nos 1 and 2 may not matter
Tiger Woods may not be in a position to have any influence on the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor on Monday.
Just as happened at The Belfry in 2002, Tiger Woods may not be in a position to have any influence on which way the Ryder Cup goes at Celtic Manor on Monday.
And you could say the same thing about Phil Mickelson.
Europe need only five wins from the 12 singles for victory after dropping just half a point in an incredible performance on Sunday, but Woods will only go into battle in the eighth spot and Phil Mickelson in 10th by which time the Ryder Cup could already have been won and lost.
The World Nos 1 and 2 play Italian Francesco Molinari and Swede Peter Hanson respectively, on a day when home captain Colin Montgomerie is sending out a lot of his big guns early just as Sam Torrance did eight years ago.
On that occasion Woods was in the anchor role but was irrelevant to the outcome once Paul McGinley had clinched victory in the ninth game.
And that was after the two teams were level 8-8 going into the singles. Now the Americans are in a far worse position, with just 6½ to Europe 9½ points.
Monday Singles line-up
0905 Westwood v Stricker
0917 McIlroy v Cink
0929 Donald v Furyk
0941 Kaymer v D Johnson
0953 Poulter v Kuchar
1005 Fisher v Overton
1017 Jimenez v Watson
1029 F Molinari v Woods
1041 E Molinari v Fowler
1053 Hanson v Mickelson
1105 Harrington v Z Johnson
1117 McDowell v Mahan
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