The number 1 in the world, six English, three rookies, between experience and youth. As per tradition, the Old Continent will start with the disadvantages of the Ryder Cup predictions. In Wisconsin, the 43rd edition of the most important golf event in the world will be played from Friday to Sunday.
Perhaps underestimated, the team led by Padraig Harrington wants to repeat the triumph of Paris 2018. Today, as then, Europe is considered weaker, at least on paper, than the United States. Yet in the last 12 competitions the continental team has won nine times, recovering only three losses.
Ryder Cup, European team
British dominance. In the Old Continent there are six English players: Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick. Three rookies; Viktor Hovland from Norway, Shane Lowry from Ireland and Bernd Wiesberger from Austria.
The team is completed by the Spaniards Jon Rahm (number 1 in the world) and Sergio Garcia (who is the record holder for points scored, 25.5, in the Ryder Cup), and the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy. Westwood is preparing to play the eleventh Ryder Cup and to match Nick Faldo for matches between Europe and the USA played.
Poulter, 'Mr. Ryder Cup ', aims to prove that he is still one of the strongest match play golfers. Rahm, Garcia and McIlroy are the certainties of a team full of enthusiasm. And Fleetwood - as happened in 2018 when, paired with Francesco Molinari, he managed to win four doubles matches - dreams of dragging Europe to success.
A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship).
A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the "secret weapon" of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
"He's a good guy, he's been through a lot as a sportsman and he's the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I'm not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period.
" These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed 'the Baltimore Shark', important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. "The mental aspect is something I've worked on a lot with him lately.
I'm really lucky to have him around. Besides, he's a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value." This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.