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U.S. even more timid without Tiger

During the course of the first 30 Ryder Cups, the biennial international team golf tournament that pits the United States against Europe (formerly just the United Kingdom), the Americans whupped up on the other guys, winning 23 of those events and sharing the trophy twice.

But over the past six Ryder Cups, the Americans are 1-5 and winless in the new century. In fact, in the past two, it was the U.S. getting beaten badly, 18 1/2- 9 1/2 .

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The next Ryder Cup is scheduled for Sept. 19-21 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., and by any handicapping measure, the chances of the Americans turning this around are pretty slim. In the past two trouncings, Tiger Woods was actually on the team. This time, he'll be out of action as he mends from knee surgery.

Some of the players who qualified for the team include Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk.

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However, the missing superstar presents a problem prompting this observation for from team captain Paul Azinger: "I don't see one single positive that Tiger Woods isn't on our team."

Paul, we had that figured out.



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