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Underdog Euros have Yanks where they want 'em

Ryder Cup Golf
Posted at 8:43 AM, Sep 24, 2021

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — No team in sports embraces the underdog label like Europe's Ryder Cup squads.

Their players are usually a few rungs lower in the world rankings, boast fewer major championships and they're often giving up serious yardage to the longer-hitting Americans.

Yet somehow that formula has produced victories in seven of the nine Cup matches played this century, including a split of the four on U.S. soil.

But U.S. captain Steve Stricker is betting that his young squad — with six rookies and without Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson for the first time since 1993 — can turn things around.

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