Europeans motivated by trying to beat 'best team' assembled

USA captain Davis Love planned to make the announcement during halftime of "Sunday Night Football", - just hours after Moore was beaten by a birdie from European Ryder Cup star Rory McIlroy on the fourth extra hole at East Lake Golf Club. He doesn't want to see that streak end with Clarke as the European captain.

The catch phrase for this Ryder Cup: "Best golf team maybe ever assembled".

"Our country has lost a great sportsman and a great American", Love said of Palmer's passing. The Ryder Cup is easily the most partisan event in the gentlemanly game, especially since Europe has won the last three and eight of the last 10. He couldn't help but mention it again Tuesday before the first practice session at Hazeltine.

"You know what they say, opinions are like.we all have one".

Darren Clarke's side arrived in the United States with six rookies among their ranks, with leading two-time major victor and outspoken American analyst Johnny Miller labelling them "the worst team in many years".

Rory McIlroy is relishing his role as a team leader as he takes responsibility for looking after Europe's six Ryder Cup rookies.

Moore's father elaborated: "He's exactly what you see - a low-key kind of guy who's got a ton of fire in the belly and is unafraid of conflict on the course".

Love said the conversation on SiriusXM Radio last Friday was "misconstrued". I just wanted to go out and play the way I have been playing.

"All of a sudden, I meet Darren Clarke", McIlroy said Tuesday at the Ryder Cup. "He's an easy-going, thoughtful guy, but don't be fooled, Ryan's a great match-play player with an incredible match-play record".

It didn't quite come out that way.

"A guy from Canada called in and said "I'm supporting the United States team, I just think they need a little bit more swagger when they go out and play" and I said "I agree with you, we've got to get these guys going".

"This is a great team", he said.

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"Obviously that comment and to the other extreme, the comment about the European team is not what this is all about", added the United States captain. His players heard the comment, some of them laughed about it, none appear to have forgotten.

Clarke admits he is very much of the opinion that something which is not broken does not need to be fixed.

McIlroy's personal CV is very almost complete, with only the Masters left. "I don't know how much bearing it will have on the team as a whole", McIlroy said.

"We all don't know what Thomas Pieters is going to do and we all don't know what the other rookies are going to do".

The Americans are back to their "pod" system that Paul Azinger used in a rare victory in 2008 and Love modified in 2012.

Both groups featured previous partnerships. Dustin Johnson went round with Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed and Spieth while J.B. Holmes, Brooks Koepka, Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker practiced together.

"We're exhausted of being told we haven't won", he said.

"So the question wasn't 'How do you rank this team in history?'".

The Europeans are making no changes in the motivation department this time around, though, bringing in retired Irish rugby star Paul O'Connell to speak about the importance of teamwork on the pitch. Captain Darren Clarke's Europe team is a +145 underdog to win.

Bubba Watson missed out on the final wildcard spot in the American team as Love plumped for Moore instead. "Don't look to the past".

"This team didn't play in 2014".

  • Lawrence Cooper