Ryder Cup: All eyes on Europe

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Underdogs no more, all eyes are on Europe to extend this era of dominance over the Americans when the Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday.

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One team has never enjoyed such depth, with seven players in the top 20 and none lower than number 52. The other? Tough at the top, but carrying four rookies whose names would barely be recognised by their mailman. It's the same old story at every Ryder Cup, with one delicious twist. The roles are reversed. Underdogs no more, all eyes are on Europe to extend this era of dominance over the Americans when the Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday at The K Club in what is expected to be the biggest sporting event ever in Ireland. The Europeans used to have a chip on their shoulder. Now they hoist a 17-inch gold cup proudly over their heads, having captured the Ryder Cup four of the last five times and seven of the last 10. Colin Montgomerie, who has won more Ryder Cup points than Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson combined, referred to this European team as the strongest assembled in some time. And that wasn't a boast. "No, that's just pure fact," he said. "If (captain) Ian Woosnam had picked all 12, he wouldn't have gotten very far from where we are. We are a good team. We hope to be the first European team to win three times in a row. We'd love to be part of that." There is nothing to suggest that this won't happen. (AP)

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