Published: Tue, September 27, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Five Facts About the Ryder Cup

Among the US players, JB Holmes and Phil Mickelson are the only players to won a Ryder Cup experience a winning team; Mickelson in 1999 and Holmes in 2008).

"But, if I don't, I'd rather have a European team win". "It's always great to be involved in the Ryder Cup", Westwood, embarking on his 10th consecutive appearance in the contest requiring just two points to equal Sir Nick Faldo's record haul of 25 points, told

usa captain Davis Love III has named Ryan Moore as his fourth and final wildcard pick for this week's Ryder Cup against holders Europe in Chaska, Minnesota. He has not had a Ryder's victory since 2008.

"But certainly, I have been thinking about things along with the vice captains and we have been working on numerous things but I'm sure Davis has done as much preparation as he can as well".

"It still feels as good as ever". It helps the team sort of galvanize and we can all get off on the right foot.

The stage is set to see if Europe can make Miller and Love regret their comments or if America live up to their own hype.

The 26-year-old Texan went 3-0 with 1 halved at Gleneagles in 2014 and won respect with his "shhh" motion to the European crowd after sinking a big putt. First and foremost, I just need to try and win this golf tournament, and whatever happens after that happens.

Love has suggested that his US team may be the best ever assembled for the Ryder Cup but Masters champion Willett refused to get caught up in the hype. "So you know what, it's up to us to go there and try to upset the odds".

"Having gone through it once before I think that will make it easier for him this time, but no matter what you say and what ideas you come up with, if the guys play well you having a chance to win, but if they don't you're not going to win and that's the bottom line".

Europe have won the last three matches and six of the last seven, despite facing United States teams laden with players ranked among the highest in the world. "Love's has not picked Bubba Watson, and I don't know what that does for team spirit. We're going to do everything we possibly can to bring that trophy back home again".

Clarke will remember all too well the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline, when captain Mark James hid three rookies, Jarmo Sandelin, Jean van de Velde and Andrew Coltart, until Sunday's singles and watched helplessly as the three were heavily beaten and the U.S. roared back to lift the trophy.

"There is a lot of pressure on them".

And somehow, European captain Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland has convinced nearly everybody that his team is the underdog.

"Davis is doing everything he possibly can to get that 20-footer going in on his side".

Perhaps the fact that the Europeans have six Ryder Cup rookies has influenced the opinion that the Americans should win this one.

Two-time major victor and NBC lead gold analyst Miller is tipping America big time.

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