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Ryder Cup mind games begin in earnest as US target Rory Mcllroy


Ryder Cup mind games begin in earnest as US target Rory Mcllroy


The US Ryder Cup team has arrived in Scotland ahead of the tournament, which begins of Friday.

The Americans are looking to win the coveted trophy for the first time in 21 years.

Europe are favourites, but European captain Paul McGinley believes the teams are evenly matched: “I did a little bit of a calculation to myself when the two teams were formulated and Tom’s (Watson) teams were average ranking position 16 and ours was 18. So this is not a weak American team and we might be slight favourites with the bookies, but the two teams are very well balanced and close together. So, we know that it is going to be a very tough contest ahead of us”

Tom Watson, the US captain, is confident his team can put on a show: “The media, the people will look at the teams and they look at Rory McIlroy and they look at Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson and the European team is loaded. But when the matches start at on Friday morning there is going to be an equality of play going on and we will just see who wins. I know our team is totally committed to bring the cup back and I know that.

The freshly designed course at Gleneagles is undergoing a final spruce up ahead of one of sports great confrontations.

US captain Tom Watson is desperate to overturn the 2012 shock defeat at Madinah. Where the Americans lost after taking a 10-6 lead into the final day.

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