The US team is captained by Davis Love III, who has represented the United States in Ryder Cup play in the past. Michael Jordan, a Chicago sports icon and golf enthusiast, will be a special team advisor to Love. Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s. Love and Jordan's friendship goes back to their days as classmates at the University of North Carolina in the early 1980s.
As in the past few Ryder Cups, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will lead the American side. Earlier this week, Tiger shouldered the blame for the US not winning more Ryder Cups in the last few years, reports CBSSports.com.
"Certainly I am responsible for that, because I didn't earn the points that I was put out there for," said Woods, who is 13-14-2 overall, 4-1-1 in singles in the Ryder Cup.
The European team is led by veteran Ryder Cup player and now captain Jose Maria Olazabal. His top player is current world No. 1 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. Though he's enjoyed a spectacular golf season so far individually, McIlroy says this weekend he just wants to help his side keep the cup.