Ryder Cup 2018: Eight Storylines For The Teams And Matches Set For This Week In Paris

The biggest team event in golf is here as we finally get our encore to that bonkers 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine where the United States broke a three-event losing streak. Now they'll try to make some more history in Paris where a win would be their first on European soil since winning at The Belfry in 1993. 

That's a monstrous storyline, of course, but it's not the only one. Several golfers are coming into these matches playing as well as they've played all season. Several others are not. We have rookies, veterans, all-time greats and golfers who are going to be a little out of their world when the golf balls go in the air on Friday morning.

Let's take a look at the eight biggest storylines of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

1. Surging Tiger: We start with the epicenter of golf. Tiger Woods is coming off his first win in over five years, but it certainly wasn't an outlier. Woods finished No. 4 on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained overall (the U.S. has seven of the top 11 on its squad) and is ranked No. 4 in the current Sagarin rankings. No, his Ryder Cup record is not stellar, but Woods also won't be asked to carry this team this year like he has been in the past. His experience as a player as well as a vice captain will be paramount in Paris.

2. Struggling Sergio: While we're here, we should talk about Sergio Garcia. Look, he's arguably the greatest Ryder Cup golfer in history, but he has been lousy for all of 2018. Garcia missed more cuts (eight) than he made (seven) and didn't notch a top 20 on the PGA Tour from April onward. We might get all-time Sergio in Paris, and the event might actually hinge on how he plays. But going into the week, Europe can't be confident about his form. 

3. More magic? How about these numbers: Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter are a combined 18-5-4 in seven total Ryder Cups. That's an impossible number and logic says there is no way it can continue. And yet, nobody watching this event will be remotely surprised if it continues!

Ryder Cup 2018: Eight Storylines For The Teams And Matches Set For This Week In Paris

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Ryder Cup 2018: Eight Storylines For The Teams And Matches Set For This Week In Paris