Ryder Cup 2023: Europe captain Luke Donald thinks his team are underdogs but USA captain Zack Johnson disagrees | golf news

Team USA are looking to retain the title, with the Ryder Cup taking place at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy next September; Europe captain Luke Donald: “I think being at home is definitely worth something, but there is no doubt that we will face a very strong opponent”

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Europe captain Luke Donald believes his side will be an underdog against the United States in next year's Ryder Cup, although opposite player Zack Johnson has been bitterly at odds with his assessment.

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Europe captain Luke Donald believes his side will be an underdog against the United States in next year’s Ryder Cup, although opposite player Zack Johnson has been bitterly at odds with his assessment.

Europe captain Luke Donald believes his side will be an underdog against the United States in next year’s Ryder Cup, although opposite player Zack Johnson has been bitterly at odds with his assessment.

Luke Donald and Zack Johnson both believe their team will be underdogs in next year’s Ryder Cup.

Europe, led by Donald, has not lost at home in three decades, while Johnson seeks to become the first American captain to win away from home since Tom Watson at The Belfry in 1993.

The 44th Ryder Cup will take place at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club near Rome from September 29th.

Team USA pulled off a record 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits last year, and while Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka weren’t eligible after joining LIV Golf, Johnson has a core group of young, world-class players to call and confirm. them on Tuesday. That Tiger Woods would be part of the team “in some capacity”.

Donald and Johnson avoid talking about LIV Golf due to the current lack of clarity regarding qualification for the Ryder Cup

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Donald and Johnson avoid talking about LIV Golf due to the current lack of clarity regarding qualification for the Ryder Cup

Donald and Johnson avoid talking about LIV Golf due to the current lack of clarity regarding qualification for the Ryder Cup

World number one Scottie Scheffler, fellow major winners Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Colin Morikawa and Olympic champion Xander Shaveli were part of last month’s Presidents Cup winning team, with Spieth and Thomas winning all four of their games together.

“I think staying at home is definitely worth something, we see that in all sports, but there is no doubt that we are facing a very strong opponent,” Donald said during a press conference in Rome.

“I think the US Presidents Cup team has been the strongest ever on paper. They have some massive players that seem hard to beat, guys like Shaveli, (Patrick) Cantley, Justin and Jordan.

“These guys have won records over 80 percent, so it’s going to be a tough challenge. I fully expect us to be underdogs despite this percentage of wins over the past 30 years.”

Donald was on the winning side in all four of his Ryder Cup matches as a player and was also Thomas Bjorn’s deputy captain for the 2018 Paris win.

The DP World Tour has announced the Champions Cup, a new team play competition that aims to give European players experience in shape ahead of their potential future Ryder Cup appearances.

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The DP World Tour has announced the Champions Cup, a new team play competition that aims to give European players experience in shape ahead of their potential future Ryder Cup appearances.

The DP World Tour has announced the Champions Cup, a new team play competition that aims to give European players experience in shape ahead of their potential future Ryder Cup appearances.

The LIV Rebels are eligible, but it’s unlikely that Donald will summon them all

The 44-year-old’s first taste of defeat came in the same role under Padrag Harrington at Whistling Straits, a contest that was perhaps the last appearances of hard-core players Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey and Graeme McDowell.

The quintet are currently eligible to qualify for the team after being temporarily suspended from playing in the inaugural LIV Golf event on appeal, with the full hearing set to take place in February.

But it seems unlikely that Donald will use any of his six wild cards on the LIV rebels, and the former world number one said he “couldn’t be happier” with how the qualifying race began.

Shane Lowry won the inaugural event, the BMW PGA Championship, ahead of Rory McIlroy and John Ram, while Robert McIntyre defeated Matt Fitzpatrick in the Italian Open playoff at Rider Cass by Marco Simone Golf and Country Club and Italy’s Guido. Migliozzi won the French Open.

“Bob McIntyre and Guido, a few months ago they felt like they lost their matches a little bit, and they talked about it, and I think I realized the importance of the Ryder Cup and how that stimulus has somewhat transformed their matches,” Donald said.

“Seeing them win trophies is great for me. It was the perfect start.”

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Tiger Woods will play with ‘some ability’

Johnson got his first look at the Ryder Cup stadium on Monday and felt he would provide a rigorous physical exam for players and sacks, a factor he wouldn’t favor Woods after the injuries he sustained in a car crash last year.

Woods competed only three times in 2022 and withdrew from the US PGA Championship after three rounds, but the 15-time main winner is clearly part of Johnson’s plans.

“I don’t know if he’ll be here next year, but he’s going to be part of this team in some way,” Johnson said. “He’s really, frankly.”

“He loves the Ryder Cup. He’s made it a priority for him and he wants to be a part of it as best he can. He’s obviously been through a few things lately which makes it difficult, but he and I will always keep in touch.

“He has great ideas, he’s always positive, and the beautiful thing about who we are as a USA team is that we have some great guys who are now involved at a higher level. They are great kids and role models on the golf course is the tiger.
Woods.”

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