2014 Ryder Cup Preview

The United States of America faces the entire continent of Europe Friday for the 2014 Ryder Cup Championship in Scotland. 

Throughout golf history, international rivalries have run deep over the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the greatest golfers in PGA history have come from either the United States or Europe. The United States Open and the British Open highlight this rivalry twice every year at the major championships.

The Ryder Cup is held once every two years rotating between locations. This year's Ryder Cup will be played at the PGA Centenary Course in Auchterarder, Scotland. Latin Post.com breaks down pairings, schedules and everything you need to know about the Ryder Cup:

Brief History

Recent history hasn't painted a pretty picture for Team USA. Since 2002, Europe has won five of the last six Ryder Cup tournaments. The only victory for America in that time span was in 2008, when the competition was played in Kentucky. The United States hasn't won in Europe since 1993, when Watson and the U.S. won it all. Tom Watson (shown above) was just 44 years old.

 Team USA

Tom Watson is the team captain of the Americans this year. Watson has won eight majors in his career, and he was the captain of the team back in 1993. That year, the United States defeated Europe 15-13 in England. Although Tiger Woods will not be playing because of injuries, there is some good news for the U.S. Team regarding that. The last time Woods did not play, in 2008, America won.

Some of the most notable golfers for Team USA are Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler.

Team Europe

Europe knows they're the favorites, and this Ryder Cup means more to them than any major tournament does. England, Scotland and Ireland have always had their differences on the golf course, but here is there chance to show everyone who the best really is. Paul McGinley of Ireland is the team captain for Europe.

Some of the most notable golfers for team Europe are Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose. McIlroy is currently the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world.

Schedule

Hopefully you're a late sleeper or you have DVR, because these matches start early. Scotland's time is five hours ahead of United States' east coast and eight hours ahead of the West coast.

Match 1. The first day tees off at 2:30 a.m EST with Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson taking on Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. There will be three other matches taking place on Friday.

Match 2. Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker vs. Martin Kaymer and Thomas Bjorn

Match 3. Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth vs. Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter

Match 4. Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson vs. Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia

The Ryder Cup isn't played like most golf tournaments, as cumulative score isn't taken into account. Instead, match play is used to determine a winner.

How to Watch

The Ryder Cup will be shown on the Gold Channel beginning at 2:30 a.m EST on Friday. For Saturday, coverage will begin at 3 a.m. EST on NBC.

A total of 28 matches will be played, meaning that the magic number to clinch is 15. Official leaderboard and standings for the tournament can be seen on the tourney's official website.

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