Tiger, US and Europe teams spice up Ryder Cup battle

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Sep 2018 12:47:18




RESURGENT star Tiger Woods and the highest-ranked lineups in Ryder Cup history have built anticipation for thrills and excitement ahead of Friday’s dramatic opening matches between Europe and trophy-holders United States at Le Golf National.

The Americans seek their first triumph on European soil in 25 years in the biennial team showdown while Europe’s 12-man squad hopes to win for a ninth time in 12 attempts and reclaim the hardware they lost at Hazeltine in 2016.
“It’s all lined up to be something special,” European captain Thomas Bjorn said Wednesday.

“These teams are the two best teams world ranking-wise that have been across from each other in this event. So it’s for those 24 players to go out and show that.” “The golf course, the stands, the fans, all the buildup, being in this great city — that just adds on for it to be a really, really special occasion.” The US roster has nine major winners and 11 of the world’s 17 top-ranked players, led by world number one Dustin Johnson and third-ranked Brooks Koepka, this year’s US Open and PGA Championship winner.

“There are definitely obstacles to overcome, but that group out there is feisty and confident,” US captain Jim Furyk said of his team.