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Good morning and welcome to our live hole-by-hole text coverage of the 44th Ryder Cup Matches. Europe had a good thing going back there: between 1995 and 2014 the men in blue won eight out of ten Ryder Cups. But the USA have gotten their act together of late, winning two of the three most recent editions, the last a 19-9 shellacking at Whistling Straits in 2021. It was a hiding big enough for many observers to suggest Europe wouldn’t be winning another any time soon, and the US go into this year’s event at Marco Simone in Guidonia Montecelio, just north of Rome, as favourites to win on European soil for the first time since 1993.
Three things should give Europe succour, though. First up, that 30-year American drought over this side of the river. Then there’s the world rankings, with Europeans (Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Viktor Hovland) taking three of the top four spots. And finally there’s the nature of the Ryder Cup itself: barely predictable, rarely anything other than utterly thrilling. Who knows where the latest edition is going to lead us?