Mickelson 'would welcome' Ryder Cup pairing with Tiger

Mickelson 'would welcome' Ryder Cup pairing with Tiger

Mickelson 'would welcome' Ryder Cup pairing with Tiger

Numerous loudest fans at Le Golf National, a club outside Paris, will likely come from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. At 42 years of age, Tiger Woods is one of the side's oldest competitors, and his recent success will provide him with further motivation to seal the Ryder Cup crown on European territory.

The Ryder Cup starts Friday with four foursomes (alternate shot) matches in the morning, followed by four ball (better ball) matches in the afternoon.

The 38-year-old has endured a tough last few months, missing the cut in all four majors and eight of his last 12 full-field events, although he did register an eighth place at the France Open at Le Golf National in June.

USA captain Jim Furyk, never exactly the life and soul of the party during his playing days, pretty much dismissed the concept on Tuesday along the lines of "the team which has the best team spirit is decided only once they've won".

Rory McIlroy has come a long way from dismissing the Ryder Cup as "an exhibition event" of little importance to becoming fully established as one of the European team leaders who can not wait to soak up the experience for a fifth time.

"It's been really cool to see how much he wants this and how he cares about the Ryder Cup and how proud he is to be European and to be Spanish and to really be a part of this".

"It's a good problem to have to have people either saying Captain America or Masters champion", Reed said.

Referring to Rahm, he added: "He definitely has the fire of a Seve [Ballesteros]. We looked at our options - we had one very good pairing and I think we came out of it with two very good pairings", he said.

"That was the worst tee shot I've hit in both my Ryder Cups, " he said. "They told me I can't do it this time". All of the guys are playing some great golf. "If you're a young player you look at him where this is the guy I want to learn from and this is the guy I want to be, the way he plays golf". Open champion Francesco Molinari, world number two Justin Rose, four-time major victor Rory McIlroy and reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood lead a good European team but a home win would be considered a minor upset. He said this track reminds him a lot of TPC Sawgrass in that it doesn't favor one style of play. "We all have a bunch of emotion". The format is repeated on Saturday before Sunday's singles, when every player in the team goes head-to-head against an opponent. "If you miss the fairway, you're likely not going to be able to hold the green, and with a lot of greens surrounded by water, you're actually having to really kind of nearly lay up out of the rough". That's the biggest thing.

Thomas epitomizes the current bomb-and-gauge style of play on Tour but will have to adjust due to some seriously thick rough and tight fairways at Le Golf National. With a capacity for almost 7,000 spectators, it figures to provide a raucous setting for the opening shot of each match. "For the bulk of the European team, they would welcome a setup more of this style".

"It's a lot easier when it's a driver off the tee, but this hole, this is a different golf course, different setup", Watson said.

Patrick Reed said when he first looked at the enormous grandstands behind the first tee "I looked up and felt like I kept looking up and up and up". "The first tee is going to be just so much fun".

The other returning players have solid records, with one exception - Francesco Molinari failed to win any of his six matches in 2010 and 2012, managing just a pair of half points including one in a dead singles rubber against Woods at Medinah.

Reed is comfortable with both.

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