Europe take on United States at Whistling Straits

Three years after Europe regained the Ryder Cup in Paris, the United States finally have their opportunity to avenge that thrashing in front of a partisan home crowd in Wisconsin.

The 43rd edition of the usually-biennial event starts on Friday, after being delayed by one year by the coronavirus pandemic.

Europe, who won 17½-10½ at Le Golf National in 2018, are aiming for an eighth victory in 10 meetings.

The line-ups for Friday’s opening foursomes (alternate shot) matches will be revealed at 22:45 BST during Thursday’s opening ceremony.

Captained by Irishman Padraig Harrington, the visitors are hoping experience will be the key to securing another win against an American side which features six players making their Ryder Cup debut.

However, the hosts – led by Steve Stricker, who played in three Ryder Cups and has also been a vice-captain – have greater pedigree in terms of world ranking and major victories.

Home advantage has also proved to be key recently, with only two away victories – for Europe in 2004 and 2012 – in the past 11 events.

“I think winning any Ryder Cup is huge and it’s a monumental achievement for all that are involved,” said Europe’s Rory McIlroy.

“But winning a Ryder Cup on the road has become more meaningful.

“We’re coming in here as underdogs with a lot of things stacked against us, so I think that would make it even more of an achievement.”

With up to 40,000 home fans expected daily at Whistling Straits, and virtually zero European support because of tough US travel rules, there is set to be a partisan atmosphere in Wisconsin.

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