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Ryder Cup 2012: United States Squad Looks To Regain Cup On Home Turf

The United States looks to regain the Ryder Cup on its home turf this weekend, behind Tiger Woods, Cleveland native Jason Dufner and others. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy and the European team will try to capture their second straight title.

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CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jason Dufner waits on the practice green during the second round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 7, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 07: Jason Dufner waits on the practice green during the second round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 7, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The 39th Ryder Cup matches will begin on Friday from the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. Much of the world's top talent will be on display, including Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, who are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Davis Love III will head the United States squad, while Jose Maria Olazabal is the captain of the European team. The host United States team is looking to regain possession of the cup, which is currently held by Europe after its 14.5-13.5 victory in 2010. The United States led by two points after the first two sessions that year, but were undone in Session 3, getting outscored by five points. That proved to be the turning point, as the Americans were unable to climb back on top in the final day, despite outscoring the Europeans by two points in Session 4.

Cleveland, Ohio resident Jason Dufner made the United States team, and will be participating in his first Ryder Cup. Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and 2012 FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker are first-timers for the Americans, as well.

Since the Ryder Cup went to the current format in 1979, Europe has won nine events, while the United States has claimed seven.

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