Rejuvenated Tiger out to improve poor Ryder Cup record

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The Americans also won the Junior Ryder Cup at Golf Disneyland on Tuesday. So there's more than one type of match?

The Americans now lead the series 7-4, with six straight victories.

Mickelson says he doesn't like to talk about why the partnership failed in 2004 because he wanted to avoid taking a shot at someone.

While it won't be the end of the world if we don't win in France, it would be really nice to stop them building any more momentum.

"It's massively different. You're here, there's 12 players, the Captain, the Vice Captains, the backroom staff and there's the whole continent behind you". "It's obviously special and fantastic for the sport to have Tiger back playing well and healthy, him winning last week".

The First Tee at the Ryder Cup is one of the most unique parts of golf as we know it.

Poulter served as a vice-captain two years ago after being ruled out with a foot injury and needed a wild card to make this year's team but, whatever his form through the season, that selection would have been the easiest decision of captain Thomas Bjorn's life.

It's back on the other side of the Atlantic next time, where they'll be able to use home advantage - as Davis Love III did so well last time - and will be big favourites.

Jordan Spieth has five points from nine matches while Brooks Koepka took three from four in 2016 - and has since won two majors. He has 14 major titles, second only to Jack Nicklaus. He played on only two Ryder Cup teams (1975 and 1981) and went 2-2-2.

Woods expects the noise to reach a crescendo to rival Celtic Manor in 2010, when crowd noise shook USA players.

He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots and European stars Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia, and is already becoming a "vocal" figure in the team room, according to Rory McIlroy.

Jon Rahm is not one of those rookies. "It's going to be an awesome environment", Woods said.

"She was such a great prospect for the game of golf, but also a wonderful person".

The team consulted with Barquin Arozamena's mother before making the decision to honor her with ribbons. "I'll take any of them".

Both captains delivered the same message: Their teams are so strong that they had loads of options and tough choices on whom to sit. These are happy times for Woods, regardless of whatever Bryson DeChambeau said to cause such a reaction Tuesday. That's what the pressure of the Ryder Cup is about: the guys who can knock in the putts.

It was a change that revitalized the Ryder Cup.

Just don't expect any big outbursts from Francesco Molinari.

Monday was as much a time to reflect on Woods as it was to rest up for a busy week at Le Golf National. "But saying that, obviously I need to stay as level-headed as possible", Hatton said.

"That's what you've got to remember".

Furyk said he tended to put more weight on personality than style of play.

"Look, it's a great week", he said. If one player wins a hole they go "1 up" and the player that loses the hole is "1 down".

Paul Casey, who is from England, was asked Thursday if seeing the unity of the European team's fans was heartening at such a tumultuous time for Britain. "I embrace that - bring it on", he said.

One week can still make this year feel like a success - by winning the Ryder Cup.

"The younger guys were on their way in when I was on my way out", Woods added.

Hey, that sounded like a bit of personality coming through.

"Can't you tell the difference?" The Americans lost all those Ryder Cups.

Europe still likes to play the underdog role, even having won eight of the last 11 times in the Ryder Cup.

United States captain Jim Furyk has a "really good idea" of the pairings he will send out on the first day of the Ryder Cup.

Bjorn has five Ryder Cup rookies on his side, and four of them will be walking to that first tee to hit a shot before a grandstand that looks like it belongs at a football stadium, 72 feet high with a capacity of 6,928, unheard of for a golf tournament.

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