Where: Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales.

Schedule: Friday and Saturday, four morning fourball (better-ball) matches and four afternoon foursomes (alternate-shot) matches; Sunday, 12 singles matches.

Television: ESPN (Friday, 1:30 a.m.-noon) and NBC (Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-noon).

Series: United States leads 25-10-2.

Last match: In 2008 at Valhalla in Kentucky, the United States won 16 1/2-11 1/2 for its first victory since 1999.

THIS AND THAT

• The United States hasn't won in Europe since 1993 at The Belfry in Wishaw, England.

• The course is the first specifically designed for the Ryder Cup.

• The 2012 event will be played at Medinah near Chicago.

STAR POWER

Top players on each 12-man team, with world golf rank in parentheses:

United States: Tiger Woods (1),

Phil Mickelson (2), Steve Stricker (4),

Jim Furyk (5).

Europe: Lee Westwood (3), Martin

Kaymer (6), Luke Donald (8),

Rory McIlroy (9).