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US, Europe Tied at Ryder Cup - 2002-09-28

The 34th Ryder Cup in England has come down to the final day, where every player from the European and U.S. teams will be on the course in the thrilling and unpredictable head-to-head singles matches. VOA's Jim Stevenson is at the Belfry course near Birmingham, and reports the title will hinge on individual efforts.

The United States fell behind early in the best ball format on the opening day Thursday. The defending champions briefly surged ahead on the second day before tying the Europeans. Thomas Bjorn of Denmark says the European team will be ready to go for the title.

"We know what is going to happen tomorrow," he said. "We know they are going to come out hard. And we know we are going to play our best to beat them tomorrow. We will have a chance to win this tomorrow and we need our best players and everybody to play well tomorrow."

Ryder Cup rookie Phillip Price of Wales notes his entire team has the talent to win. "Everybody has played now," he said. "Everybody knows what it feels like. And I think there are more guys in [good] form than anybody realizes, especially the players who probably do not have such a big reputation, I think in deceptively good form. We have got the big guns [great players] as well." So the singles lineup is looking very good.

Europe and the United States are tied at eight points each. A total of 12 points will be up for grabs Sunday. The United States needs six to retain the Cup, Europe needs 6.5 to win it back.