2012 Ryder Cup Kicks Off in Medinah, Illinois

Golf fans have plenty to be excited about after the 2012 Ryder Cup kicked off on Friday in Medinah, Illinois as teams from Europe and the United States square off against each other in this exciting competition. The popular event takes place every two years and with Europe winning four of the last five competition, the United States hopes the return of Tiger Woods and strong performances from some of their other young players can lead to a victory in 2012.

However, the United States will certainly have their hands full competing against a European squad loaded with talented veterans that may be too much to overcome. Not only has Luke Donald done phenomenal against the United States throughout his career, but Europe may have the upper advantage this year with Rory McIlroy–who is considered the No. 1 player in the world at the moment.

2010 was the first time McIlroy ever participated in the Ryder Cup and despite looking shaky then, the experience should work to his advantage this time around. It was obvious last time around that McIlroy was feeling nervous about the event as he struggled for most of the competition, but with the way he’s been playing lately–he should bounce back with no problems as he looks to help Europe win the title this time around.

With the veteran leadership and the top-ranked player in the world in McIlroy, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Europe extended their run to winning five of the last six competitions after this weekend.