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- Bjorn is the first Dane to captain the European Ryder Cup team.

Woods claimed the Tour Championship on Sunday for his first tournament win since August 2013 and his 80th PGA Tour title.

Meanwhile, Rookie Justin Thomas is looking forward to playing in the Ryder Cup proper having represented the United States of America in the junior event in 2010.

Woods took a break from putting at the Ryder Cup to meet the Junior Ryder Cup teams earlier in the week.

Europe Captain Thomas Bjorn said Tuesday he had a "good feeling" about his rookies, who all qualified automatically.

Europe boast four of the top eight, paced by England's second-ranked Justin Rose and reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy. It can make a case as one of the best teams since the days of the "Big Five" in the late 1980s when Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle began this run of European dominance.

Multiplied by four, that gives an expectation of 8.24 points in 14.92 matches - nearly exactly in line with Poulter, Garcia, Casey and Stenson's respective averages per Ryder Cup, which tally up to nine points from 15. As an individual competitor, he long held the reputation as an intimidator, complete with stats to show his playing partners in the final rounds of tournaments produced worse scores alongside him than they did playing with someone who didn't attract such a gallery.

"I think it's a combination of both, but I've got a lot of experience on my side with our vice captains". "And that's the way we try to be". At Hazeltine two years ago, he teamed with Jordan Spieth to go 3-0-1 in foursomes and four-balls before beating Rory McIlroy in singles on the final day, leading the Americans to their first victory since 2008.

The stadium-like grandstand at Le Golf National holds almost 7,000 people, and thousands more are taking up space down the fairway as Europe sets out to defend its turf. Adding to the plot is that the Americans are defending champions for only the third time since 2002.

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"The dynamic of the American team has become a little more cohesive in the last few years and I think that's to do with the younger guys coming on board and really embracing the Ryder Cup".

In a Ryder Cup career that dates from 1997, Woods has lost to or tied teams featuring Europe's luminaries (Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo and Sergio Garcia and the like) and its also-rans (Ignacio Garrido, anyone?).

But it's not about names.

I think it's great for the USA team that he's in the mix, and it's great that it's given their team a little bit of momentum coming over here. To have them a part of the team is priceless in a way.

"It's not every rookie in the world you put on the first tee in the first match of The Ryder Cup, but this one is pretty special". It's the European way, and the USA can only hope it will end 25 years of losing the Ryder Cup away from home.

Fans flocking to Le Golf National salivating at the prospect of a birdie flood might be left disappointed, with players from both sides predicting a diet of hard-earned pars could be the key to winning this year's Ryder Cup.

While it won't be the end of the world if we don't win in France, it would be really nice to stop them building any more momentum. Bubba Watson, though, has a 3-8 win-loss record while Rickie Fowler has just 4.5 points from 11 matches. "But saying that, obviously I need to stay as level-headed as possible", Hatton said. Rarely do you see two really fiery guys paired together or two real stoned guys together. They hang out together. We're just trying to beat the U.S. Team.

Sunday's win proved it beyond doubt, but Woods had a poor Ryder Cup record even at the peak of his powers and won just half a point from four matches in his last appearance at Medinah in 2012.


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