The U.S. has the hottest player and best putter going in FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker. The Euros do have the world's No. 1 player, Rory McIlroy.

Though the Euros barely won the last cup, the U.S. didn't have Tiger Woods. He's back and motivated. The U.S. has more depth and fewer question marks than the Euros.

Lee Westwood said, "At the end of the day, it's who holes the most putts."

That will be the Americans, who'll drink champagne Sunday.

tyantz@tribune.com

Too much pressure on U.S.

Bill Dwyre

Los Angeles Times

Europe will win the Ryder Cup because it isn't supposed to.

This event has become one that is all about pressure. The U.S., in a slump when it comes to winning this coveted little metal piece, is at home, at Medinah near Chicago, on U.S. Central Time, and with U.S. surroundings.

People who formally pick the outcomes of such things — as opposed to this informal chatter — have made the U.S. the favorite.

And come Sunday, when the expectations are called in, it will be only natural for the clubs to be gripped tighter and the muscles to be a bit more tense on those who play for the team that is supposed to win.

bdwyre@tribune.com