Ryder Cup: the US team is the underdog

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11:  PGA golfer Corey Pavi...

Next month’s Ryder Cup will see the US team as the underdog. US captain Corey Pavin readily accepts this fact, while preparing to fight to win the trophy on European soil for the first time since 1993.

Despite the Americans ending a run of three successive defeats when beating Europe Luoisville, Kentucky in 2008, Pavin stresses the difficulties of competing on a level footing away from home.

“Given the advantage of playing over in Europe, I think that gives the edge to the European team,” Pavin said. “Travelling is always difficult and the fans will be a big part of it, 80-85 percent are going to be pro-European.
“We’re competing on a golf course that is played on their tour so the European players are familiar with the venue. And Monty (European captain Colin Montgomerie) gets to set up the golf course the way he wants to as well.
“We haven’t won on foreign soil since 1993 so it’s going to be a challenge but I think the teams themselves are very comparable. I am looking forward to a pretty good battle.”