Ryder Cup teams: Captain's picks, Paris selections for USA team, Europe team

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Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National's first tee Credit Getty Images

Now if he can get that to translate in the Ryder Cup.

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. That was almost 20 years ago and required a record comeback on the final day. "There's a lot of feel that goes into it as well and I really trust and believe in their opinions".

Asked if he ever considered it odd to find himself in conversation with an idol of his, Thomas replied: "It is freaky, just for me, he's the reason why I love golf so much".

Garcia had met her in the past and expressed his sorrow at the incident, stating would dedicate a Ryder Cup win to her memory. The American team have a combined 31 majors between them - Tiger Woods has 14 to himself - with their European counterparts having won just eight, and Rory McIlroy has half of those as the only multiple victor. "So hopefully, that will change this week, as well".

"You know, we're looking to beat the U.S. Team". "You get punished if you hit it off-line", Northern Ireland's sixth-ranked Rory McIlroy said.

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

Flags were raised, anthems were played and the partisan cheers began late Thursday afternoon to signal the end of a hype and anticipation of a Ryder Cup featuring two of the strongest teams the US and Europe have presented at the same time.

From an historical point of view, it is 25 years since the United States of America last registered a win on foreign soil. And then he made yesterday look like yesteryear with a wire-to-wire win at the Tour Championship, his first trophy in more than five years and the feeling that more was to come. But I certainly wish I was at East Lake, no question. Le Golf National won't have a tunnel but they'll have a ton of fans ready to go nuts on Friday.

"Are they good?" Woods asked to plenty of laughter.

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Both sides made nine changes with one eye on the top of the table Premier League clash between the same two sides on Saturday. And so I want him to be the best in the world. "It's hard to compare him with others, he's a genius I think, it's very hard ".

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".

NBC Sports Group said the final round was the highest-rated Tour Championship on record dating to 1991.

"I wouldn't expect anything less, and I think they are going to fight hard just like we are".

"At first I was a little bit hesitant on what to say. I've thought about it plenty, but nothing prepares you for the real thing". "I'll have that again here, but in Europe I'll also have the support of the crowd". "A guy with his status and that number of wins, he can flip the page and turn his attention to this week". "He brings so much to the team room as a leader".

Rory McIlroy insists Europe would be "silly" to focus on beating a rejuvenated Tiger Woods as they look to maintain their brilliant home record and regain the Ryder Cup in Paris. Furyk said not to read anything into the way he sent off his players in groups of four for the first official practice round.

Mickelson then caused a small stir by saying he and Woods would welcome another chance to play together, even though their 2004 partnership at Oakland Hills resulted in two losses and plenty of ridicule in the years that followed.

"There's going to be plenty of holes won in (the foursomes) with pars and I even venture to say, I think there's going to be holes won in fourballs with pars", he said.

The best personal mark Woods ever had at the Ryder Cup was the only other time he was a captain's pick, going 3-1 in Wales.

- Dustin Johnson has won six of the last eight matches he has played in the Ryder Cup (singles in 2010, all three matches in 2012, two of four in 2016); he has also won all three of his singles.

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