A revamped American squad that US captain Davis Love called the best ever assembled faces a Europe team that has dominated them for two decades when the 41st Ryder Cup opens Friday. As players on both teams at Hazeltine mourn the death of legend Arnold Palmer, holders Europe seek an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory over their US hosts, who have dropped six of the past seven meetings and eight of the past 10. "We are very determined to keep the Ryder Cup and keep this streak going," British Open champion Henrik Stenson said.
Tiger Woods has endured two tough runner-up finishes in majors at Hazeltine, but he could be reduced even further, to sandwich delivery man, at the Ryder Cup this week. Woods, the 14-time major winner who is set to return next month after more than a year off due to a back injury, is serving as an assistant to US captain Davis Love at this week's 41st edition of the US-Europe team golf showdown. Tiger was giving me a hard time a couple weeks ago.
Phil Mickelson tossed 2004 US Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton under the bus Wednesday at Hazeltine the same way he did 2014 captain Tom Watson at Gleneagles after the dysfunctional US side lost to Europe. The 46-year-old left-hander will make his 11th consecutive appearance in the men's team golf showdown starting Friday after he, assistant captain Tiger Woods and US captain Davis Love guided a task force designed to build a successful long-term Cup program. "You play how you prepare," Mickelson said.