NEXT WEEK'S MAIN EVENT
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Harding Park rewards big hitters. When the 2005 American Express Championship was held there, the tournament ended in a playoff between Tiger Woods and John Daly. (Woods won.) Going into the Tour Championship, the teams were dead even, with the Internationals averaging 291.8 yards off the tee and the U.S. 291.6. However, the U.S. has four players who average less then 290 (Steve Stricker 286.1, Justin Leonard 284.1, Zach Johnson 281.1 and Jim Furyk 278.5), while the Internationals have only two (Tim Clark 278.4 and Mike Weir 278.9). The biggest hitters? The Internationals' Angel Cabrera (305.0) and the U.S.'s Phil Mickelson (300.1).
Rugged individualists? Ha! The last 14 team matches show that the U.S. has fared best in foursomes, the most partner-oriented format, while four-ball and singles have held the Americans down in the Ryder Cup.
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