Fleetwood tips Europe for Ryder Cup upset

Rex Christensen
September 16, 2018

The Americans are looking to win on European soil for the first time since 1993 and Fleetwood feels the advantage of playing on a course regularly used for European Tour events could give the home team the edge over a talented USA team.

Fleetwood, who will finish his debut campaign on the PGA Tour by playing in the season-ending Tour Championship next week, says the European side will not fear who he describes as "the best golfers ever".

"To bring the dynamic of having Tiger and Phil back on the team, and two rookies on the team in Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau who have been playing really stellar golf throughout the year, it just feels like we have a lot of confidence in our guys". But when you tee it up you're just playing another golfer, it doesn't matter who it is.

You can't deny that they're the best golfers ever and they always will be.

The 27-year old Englishman said that boisterous crowds and the familiar surroundings of Le Golf National would be key if Europe are to regain the trophy they lost at Hazeltine in 2016.

The two-man team from the United States of America and the two-man team from Europe will each be introduced to the crowd and the millions watching around the world before, at exactly 8:10 am Central European Summer Time (CEST), the tee will belong to the Americans to let the games begin.

"I feel that kind of takes a little bit of pressure off us and puts more pressure on the European team because they're the ones that have had so much success overseas, that everyone thinks we're going to come in and they're going to win the Cup again".

The Ryder Cup gets underway on September 28 at Le Golf National, near Paris.

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Woods and Mickelson headline a formidable American team which boasts three of this year's four major victories and six of the world's top 10.

But Europe include newly crowned world No. 1 Justin Rose, Open champion Francesco Molinari and an in-form Rory McIlroy, who has four majors to his name.

Bjorn's four captain's picks are: Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.

"I think it would be something disgusting to happen to a golf course that's got so much history", he said.

"I don't really think it's as much pressure as it is excitement", he said.

"Last time it was in America and the way they set the golf course up was massively in favor of the U.S. and that's just the way it is".

"I think both teams look great this year", he said.

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