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Golf Australia Express : September 2014
A S MUCH as we've loved this year's majors, there's arguably no more thrilling golf for fans to watch than that which is displayed during the Ryder Cup. The past two showdowns — at Celtic Manor in 2010 and Medinah in 2012 — were particularly exciting stagings in their own right, with just one point separating Europe and the USA after three days of duelling. So should we be expecting a similarly nail-biting contest at Gleneagles later this month? It's hard to say just yet. The Yanks go into this one as genuine underdogs on foreign soil, their team depleted with injuries and a 'self-imposed' layoff. There will be no Tiger, no Dufner and no Dustin. And Kuchar will be playing under an injury cloud. Switch to Team Europe and you'll notice the likes of a roaring Rory, a hardy Henrik, a silky Sergio and a conquering Kaymer. The signs don't look great for a US victory. But underdogs do win Ryder Cups. The old 'a champion team will beat a team of champions' adage rings truer at this contest than most others. They'll be playing for nothing but pride. And for these guys, there's no bigger prize at stake. OTG is this The Event of the year? Date: September 26-28 Teams: Europe vs USA Course Length: 7262 yards (6640 m) Format: Matchplay Prizemoney: None Winner's prize: Bragging rights Def. champ: Europe Ledger since 1979: 9-7 (Europe) Exclusive coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup can be seen on FoxSports 3 and FoxSports 3 HD. Think the players are excited about heading to Scotland? Check out the Gleneagles Hotel venue in the video above. Words by Damian Shutie