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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 306
Sergio Garcia has been dubbed ‘Thomas Bjorn’s Seve’ and could form the latest edition of the ‘Spanish Armada’ alongside Jon Rahm. Then there are stalwarts like Ian Poulter and former Open Champion Henrik Stenson. Veteran Swede Alex Noren will finally make his Cup debut at 36 years old, while Paul Casey returns to action for the first time since 2008. Bjorn’s old guard has also welcomed Tyrrell Hatton and Thorbjorn Olesen, who will both make their first appearances and will be eager to make their presence felt. Clearly most people believe the Americans are slightly stronger on paper – which is why the bookies currently have the United States priced at $1.70 and Europe at $2.20 – but the home-course advantage afforded to the Europeans and their potential pairings appear to have been somewhat undervalued. THE COURSE The Albatros Course at Le Golf National opened in 1990 and was designed by Hubert Chesneau and Robert von Hagge on an old cornfield near the town of Versailles. It is listed at 7,234 yards for the Ryder Cup and will play to a par of 71. The bumps, hollows and bunkers are similar to those found in links golf. But the water carries COVER STORY
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