Team USA is looking to retain the title, with the Ryder Cup being held at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy next September; Europe captain Luke Donald: ‘I think being at home is definitely worth something, but we’re definitely going to face a very, very strong opponent’

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Europe captain Luke Donald believes his side will be underdogs against the United States at next year’s Ryder Cup, although his counterpart Zach Johnson strongly disagrees with his assessment.

Europe captain Luke Donald believes his side will be underdogs against the United States at next year’s Ryder Cup, although his counterpart Zach Johnson strongly disagrees with his assessment.

Both Luke Donald and Zach Johnson believe their teams will be underdogs in next year’s Ryder Cup.

Europe, which will be captained by Donald, have not lost at home in three decades as Johnson bids to become the first United States captain to win away since Tom Watson at The Belfry in 1993.

The 44th Ryder Cup will be held at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club near Rome from September 29.

Team USA secured a record 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits last year and while Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka are ineligible after joining LIV Golf, Johnson has a core of classy young players world to call and confirmed on Tuesday. that Tiger Woods will be part of the team “in some capacity”.

Donald and Johnson avoid talking about LIV Golf due to current lack of clarity over Ryder Cup qualification

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Donald and Johnson avoid talking about LIV Golf due to current lack of clarity over Ryder Cup qualification

Donald and Johnson avoid talking about LIV Golf due to current lack of clarity over Ryder Cup qualification

World No 1 Scottie Scheffler, fellow big winners Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa and Olympic champion Xander Schauffele were all part of the Presidents Cup-winning squad last month, with Spieth and Thomas winning their four combined matches.

“I think being at home is definitely worth something, you see that in all sports, but we’re definitely going to be up against a very, very strong opponent,” Donald told a news conference in Rome.

“I think the US Presidents Cup team was the strongest it’s ever been on paper. They’ve got phenomenal players who seem hard to beat, guys like Schauffele and (Patrick) Cantlay, Justin and Jordan.

“These guys have winning records north of 80%, so it’s going to be a tough challenge. I expect us to be underdogs despite that home winning percentage over the last 30 years.”

Donald was on the winning side in all four of his Ryder Cup appearances as a player and was also vice-captain to Thomas Bjorn for the 2018 win in Paris.

The DP World Tour has announced the Hero Cup, a new team match play competition aimed at giving European players experience in the format ahead of potential future Ryder Cup appearances

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The DP World Tour has announced the Hero Cup, a new team match play competition aimed at giving European players experience in the format ahead of potential future Ryder Cup appearances

The DP World Tour has announced the Hero Cup, a new team match play competition aimed at giving European players experience in the format ahead of potential future Ryder Cup appearances

LIV Rebels are eligible, but Donald is unlikely to call on all of them

The 44-year-old’s first taste of defeat came in the same role under Padraig Harrington at Whistling Straits, a contest that may have marked the final appearances of stalwarts Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey and Graeme McDowell.

The quintet are currently eligible to qualify for the team after their suspensions for playing in LIV Golf’s inaugural event were temporarily suspended on appeal, with the full hearing due in February.

But it seems highly unlikely Donald will use any of his six wildcards against the LIV Rebels, and the former world No. 1 said he ‘couldn’t be happier’ with how the qualifying run has started. .

Shane Lowry won the opening event, the BMW PGA Championship, ahead of Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, while Robert MacIntyre beat Matt Fitzpatrick in a play-off for the Italian Open at the Ryder Cup venue Marco Simone Golf and Country Club and Italian Guido. Migliozzi won the French Open.

“Bob MacIntyre and Guido a few months ago felt like they lost their matches a bit, they talked about it, and I think seeing the importance of the Ryder Cup and how motivating it is upset their games a bit,” Donald said.

“Seeing them win tournaments is great for me. It’s the perfect start.”

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Tiger Woods will play ‘to some extent’

Johnson got his first glimpse of the Ryder Cup site on Monday and believes it will provide a severe physical test for players and caddies, a factor that would not favor Woods following injuries sustained in a car crash last year.

Woods has only competed three times in 2022 and retired from the US PGA Championship after three rounds, but the 15-time major winner is clearly part of Johnson’s plans.

“I don’t know if he’ll be here next year, but he’ll be part of this team to some degree. Frankly he already is,” Johnson said.

“He loves the Ryder Cup. He’s made it a priority and wants to be part of it as best he can. Obviously he’s been through some things lately that make it difficult, but he and I will be constant Communication.

“He has great ideas, is always positive, and the beauty of where we are as an American team is that we have some really good young people who are now competing at a higher level. They’re great kids and their model on the golf course is tiger
Woods.”

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