The US Ryder Cup team still has something to prove and a first win in Europe since 1993 would go some way to making amends, captain Jim Furyk said on Tuesday.
“We still have a chip on our shoulder. Right now we do hold the cup, we won it at Hazeltine, but it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to do that here in Europe,” Furyk told the BBC.
“I think in order to validate what we have been working on we are going to have to win on both sides of the pond.”
Furyk made the comments at a gathering in Paris to mark one year to go before the biennial event at Le Golf National.
He also added that he would like to have Tiger Woods involved.
The US recently won the Presidents Cup 19-11, a year after their dominant 17-11 Ryder Cup win at Hazeltine.
Next year’s US team will likely include reigning Open champion Jordan Spieth, US PGA winner Justin Thomas, US Open victor Brooks Koepka, and world number one Dustin Johnson.
Still, Europe captain Thomas Bjorn refused to be intimidated by the strength of the American line up.
“This morning’s world rankings have 10 Europeans in the top 20,” Bjorn said.
“I’ve got to say, European golf might never have looked stronger when it comes to world rankings.
“Yes, the Americans are doing well, they did well at Hazeltine and in the Presidents Cup, but you’d expect that. It can’t surprise anyone that the American team is going to be strong.
“They are going to be fierce, they are going to play some fantastic golf but I still believe that European golf is in a healthier spot than it probably ever has been.
“I think it’s going to be quite close, and when I look at those numbers I get quite excited.”
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