The United States has not won the Ryder Cup in Europe since 1993. But Jim Furyk’s team is favourite to retain the trophy they won back at Hazeltine in 2016.
Here is how the 42nd Ryder Cup will be decided:
The 14-time Major winner showed his old imperious form by winning his first tournament for five years at last weekend’s Tour Championship. But the former world No.1 has a poor Ryder Cup record and has won only once in seven appearances. His performances – and Europe’s ability to defeat him – will have a massive psychological impact on both sides.
Europe’s big guns
Rory McIlroy had a shocker playing in the final group with Woods in Atlanta on Sunday. And Justin Rose also failed to challenge the American despite winning the US$10m FedEx Cup. Europe will need their two biggest names to be fully firing this week.
Ryder Cup Grid
There are five debutants in the European team and three first-timers for the United States. Europe had six in Hazeltine with four winning only a point between them while Rafa Cabrera-Bello was unbeaten and Thomas Pieters won four out of five.
You don’t win the Ryder Cup on Friday morning. But you can lose it. Europe were 4-0 down after the first session at Hazeltine as the USA gained a momentum which proved unstoppable.
Le Golf National
If this Ryder Cup was being played on Hazeltine, the United States would win again. But the French layout is a more strategic course with 48 bunkers and water in play in 10 holes. The Americans will not be able to just grip-it-and-rip-it and unleash the driver on all holes. Hitting the fairway will be key.
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