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Breaking down Sunday's singles matches at Medinah

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  • USA's Webb Simpson, right, and Bubba Watson line up a putt on the fifth hole during a four-ball match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament.

      USA's Webb Simpson, right, and Bubba Watson line up a putt on the fifth hole during a four-ball match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament.
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Here's a look at the Ryder Cup pairings for Sunday's singles matches.

11:03 a.m. -- Bubba Watson, U.S., vs. Luke Donald, Europe

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Quick hit: Watson ignited the galleries in his two four-ball matches while Northwestern alum Donald earned his first win of the week in Saturday's four-ball. He's 3-2-1 in Ryder Cup singles matches.

11:14 a.m. -- Webb Simpson, U.S., vs. Ian Poulter, Europe

Quick hit: Ryder Cup rookie Simpson will have his hands full against Poulter, easily Europe's best player the first two days. Poulter thrives in the Ryder Cup, as demonstrated by his 11-3-0 career record (3-0-0 in singles).

11:25 a.m. -- Keegan Bradley, U.S., vs. Rory McIlroy, Europe

Quick hit: McIlroy is the world's No. 1-ranked player and, at just 23 years old, already has wins in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Bradley, in his first Ryder Cup, was a great partner with Phil Mickelson in team matches.

11:36 a.m. -- Phil Mickelson, U.S., vs. Justin Rose, England

Quick hit: This could be the best match of the day. Mickelson is 4-4-0 in singles at his previous eight Ryder Cups. Rose beat him at Valhalla, in Louisville, in 2008 -- the last time the U.S. won the Cup. That was also the only previous Cup singles match for Rose.

11:47 a.m. -- Brandt Snedeker, U.S., vs. Paul Lawrie, Europe

Quick hit: Snedeker is in his first Ryder Cup. Lawrie is making his first appearance in 13 years. Lawrie, 43, is the oldest member of the European team. He won his only previous Ryder Cup singles match, beating Jeff Maggert in 1999.

11:58 a.m. -- Dustin Johnson, U.S., vs. Nicolas Colsaerts, Europe

Quick hit: This one matches the two longest hitters in the competition as well as two captain's picks. Both played well in the team matches, and Ryder Cup Colsaerts -- the first player from Belgium to play in the Ryder Cup -- made an eagle and eight birdies in his first match on Friday.

12:09 p.m. -- Zach Johnson, U.S., vs. Graeme McDowell, Europe

Quick hit: This Johnson won the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities in July and is a former Masters champion. McDowell, from Northern Ireland, won the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and scored the clinching point for Europe in the last Ryder Cup.

12:20 p.m. -- Jim Furyk, U.S., vs. Sergio Garcia, Europe

Quick hit: This is a battle between two Ryder Cup veterans. Furyk is playing in his eighth Ryder Cup and has been on only two winning teams, but he is 4-2-1 in his singles matches. Garcia, from Spain, is in his sixth Ryder Cup and has a 1-4-0 singles record.

12:31 p.m. -- Jason Dufner, U.S., vs. Peter Hanson, Europe

Quick hit: Dufner, a Ryder Cup rookie, won twice on the PGA Tour this season and had a Web.com Tour win at The Glen Club in 2006. Hanson, from Sweden, helped Europe win the Ryder Cup in 2010 in Wales and tied for third at this year's Masters.

12:42 p.m. -- Matt Kuchar, U.S., vs. Lee Westwood, Europe

Quick hit: Kuchar has won four times on the PGA Tour, his biggest victory coming at this year's Players Championship. He played in the 2010 Ryder Cup and lost to Ian Poulter in singles. Westwood is Europe's most experienced Ryder Cupper with a 2-5-0 singles mark.

12:53 p.m. -- Steve Stricker, U.S., vs. Martin Kaymer, Europe

Quick hit: A long-time partner of Tiger Woods in the team matches, Stricker struggled his year but he beat Westwood in his singles match in the 2010 Ryder Cup. Kaymer, from Germany, is a former world No. 1 but he was used in just one of the four team matches this week.

1:04 p.m. -- Tiger Woods, U.S., vs. Francesco Molinari, Europe

Quick hit: If the Ryder Cup comes down to the last match Woods could redeem himself after going 0-3-0 the first two days. He's played on six previous Ryder Cup teams, but only one (1999) was a winner. Molinari, from Italy, lost to Woods in a 2010 singles match.

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