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Golf Australia Express : September 2014
S O WHAT of this year? No Tiger Woods, a European team containing four of the top five players in the world and a home course advantage at Gleneagles? This one’s a lock for the locals, right? With Woods missing, a raft of US injuries and Rory McIlroy bulldozing everything in his path, the Europeans are hot favourites to retain the Cup on September 28. But in-form American Matt Kuchar wasn’t having a bar of any underdog undertones as he prepared to duel in Scotland and grab back what he believes was ripped from his team two years ago. “I’m pretty sure it will be a glass half-full idea to take whatever your situation and try to make it an advantage,” Kuchar said recently. “It certainly appears right now that the European team is stacked, playing really well. “(But) Jim Furyk’s played near dominating golf as well. He’s been up there every week. We’ve got a number of other guys playing well. It will be interesting. “That Medinah stung. And to lose it in the fashion we did really hurt. It certainly will be motivation.” Speaking of motivated, Rory McIlroy says his whirlwind couple of months haven’t put a scratch on his resolve to retain golf’s ultimate team prize. “I didn’t sit out a match at Medinah, so my message is: ‘(Captain Paul) McGinley, stick me down for every match’,” the world No.1 said. At Gleneagles, it seems only one thing is certain: nothing is certain. We can't wait. OTG UNDERDOG COMEBACK Have an hour to spare? Why not relive the dramatic finish to the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah in the video above. NB: Not recommended viewing for American readers.