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2014 Ryder Cup looms large

2014 Ryder Cup looms large
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The 40th edition of the Ryder Cup begins on Friday at Gleneagles.

Europe head into the biennial clash with the USA as two-time defending champions.

They made a stunning final day comeback to win in Chicago in 2012 a – victory now dubbed the ‘Miracle at Medinha’.

Europe also won in 2010 at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales where Graeme McDowell handed his side victory by winning the final singles match against Hunter Mahan.

McDowell who is making his fourth appearance said: “You know, in 2010 it was the most nerve-wracking experience, you know? Certainly, probably, of my life. I thought I would be nervous going into the delivery room there four weeks ago, but I would say that back nine against Hunter Mahan in Celtic Manor was… I don’t think I will ever be that tight and that nervous ever again in my life. I mean, it was pretty intense stuff.”

Boasting four of the world’s top six players Europe head into the tournament as favourites and have won seven of the last nine titles.

But the USA will be out for revenge and what better place to do that than at the home of golf, where the stage is set and the principle actors are waiting eagerly in the wings.