Sep 29, 2016

    US upbeat on breaking Europe's Ryder streak


    A US RYDER Cup team more relaxed and better prepared than past losing versions is taking a confident attitude into this week's showdown against holders Europe, which happily accepts its routine underdog role.

    Europeans have won three in a row, six of seven and eight of the past 10 over the Americans entering Friday's start of the biennial team golf matches at Hazeltine.

    "We're just tired of being told we haven't won one in a while," two-time major winner Jordan Spieth said.

    "We want this one. We feel very comfortable this year with the team we have and very confident as well."

    US captain Davis Love had a tough job in 2012 when the Americans suffered the biggest last-day collapse in Ryder Cup history to fall.

    But Love has learned and a task force instituted after the dysfunctional 2014 failure has led to meticulous planning.

    "We have a fresher attitude and I've got a better support team around me," Love said.

    Europe captain Darren Clarke likes the course set-up handled by Love.

    "The course is set up for scoring," Clarke said. "It's set up for entertainment, to make birdies and have the whole excitement of the Ryder Cup be the way it should be."

    Part of that normal state of things is oddsmakers making Europe unfancied at best and woeful underdogs at worst.

    "We're always the underdogs aren't we?" Clarke said.

    "We're always not supposed to win. But they have been doing OK. The guys are very excited and keen to play. The odds are frequently against Europe. So it's nothing different. I'm certainly not worried about it."