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Finally: Ryder Cup time

After three days of practice, the 38th Ryder Cup is set to start at a damp Celtic Manor where the defending champs from the U.S. face an uphill task: winning on European soil for the first time in 17 years.

After three days of practice, the 38th Ryder Cup is set to start at a damp Celtic Manor where the defending champs from the U.S. face an uphill task: winning on European soil for the first time in 17 years.

Under the captaincy of Colin Montgomerie, Europe fields one of its strongest teams and has extra motivation this year after losing the trophy to the Americans at Valhalla in 2008.

The Europeans also have home advantage, although Montgomerie has opted not to “trick up” the Twenty Ten course in the way that other Ryder Cup captains have in the past.

“I haven’t played around with the golf course at all,” the 47-year-old told reporters in the build-up to Friday morning’s fourball matches.

“This golf course is set up in a very, very fair manner to allow the best team to win.”
His U.S. counterpart Pavin agreed.

“It's set up very fairly,” the 50-year-old American said. "It's going to reward good play.”

 
 
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