After the brilliantly meticulous work of Paul McGinley in plotting the downfall of the American team under legendary figure Tom Watson, the task of guiding Europe to an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory falls to Darren Clarke in 2016.
The Ulsterman has a solid Ryder Cup record as both a player and vice-captain, and will doubtless relish the opportunity to follow McGinley, Olazabal, Montgomerie, Langer, Woosnam, Torrance, Ballesteros, Gallacher and Jacklin as a winning European captain.
The Gleneagles encounter ended up being a one-sided affair after two emphatic foursomes sessions wins, but the biennial contest has invariably been a very tight affair, often coming down to the last few matches of the Sunday singles.
But with seasoned performers like McIlroy, Stenson, Rose, Garcia, Westwood & McDowell being ably supported by a raft of young talent there’s every reason for fans to feel optimistic that Team Europe can once again dig deep under the unique pressure of an away Ryder Cup.
Europe has lost just only twice since 1993 – both times on American soil – but despite the away defeats at Brookline and Valhalla, the European team will travel to Minnesota full of confidence. For golf fans, nothing can match the thrill of watching a Ryder Cup live – it really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We’ve got some fantastic packages now available to make your Ryder Cup dreams a reality – so why not join Team Europe at the world’s most exciting sporting event? Read more about The Ryder Cup
The Miracle of Medinah appears to have left deep scars on this USA team, while previous European victories on foreign soil - at Oakland Hills and Muirfield Village – are now part of the DNA of Team Europe, and a source of great inspiration for each group of players that follows in the footsteps of previous winners.
The 2016 venue is a course with a serious pedigree: Hazeltine. Created by the Godfather of American course design, Robert Trent Jones, it’s very long, very tight and very demanding. In short, everything that a Ryder Cup course should be. The course has been updated by the designer’s son, Rees Jones, and has an impressive record of hosting Major tournaments, including the US Open, USPGA, US Senior Open, US Women’s Open and the US Amateur. With water in play, expect plenty of drama at this famous layout.