Ryder Cup can be one more facet of Tiger Woods' revival tour

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Tiger Woods managed to take it to another level.

McIlroy explained that Woods' victory has provided Team US with some much-needed impetus ahead of the highly-prestigious affair, yet Team Europe must keep their eyes fixed on the entire American side, not just Woods if they are to come away as winners. The holders retain the trophy with 14 points.

With Rahm's passion and outgoing nature, he's sure to be one of Europe's most vocal players, even as the least experienced. "But I felt this time around, I really wanted to make the team".

Rose and Rahm will take on three-time major victor Brooks Koepka and wild card Tony Finau, with Rory McIlroy and Thorbjorn Olesen facing world number one Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler in match two. The last time the United States did pick up a victory in Europe was indeed on English territory when Tom Watson captained the Americans to a 15-13 victory at the Belfry in 1993.

Earlier, in the Monday Morning Foursomes, the US picked up wins from Canon Claycomb and Ricky Castillo (4&3), Lucy Li and Erica Shepherd (5&3), and finally William Moll and Cole Ponich (2-up). European captain Thomas Bjorn arrived late last week, as did a few of his players.

The scenes of fans stampeding up the final hole at East Lake to witness history being made were reminiscent of Woods' glory days, while NBC's TV ratings jump of 206 percent on a year ago spoke volumes of his continued draw in the game.

Six British players are in the European team at Le Golf National outside Paris this week.

Numerous loudest fans at Le Golf National, a club outside Paris, will likely come from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Team Europe's Rory McIlroy has suggested it would be "silly" to focus exclusively on Tiger Woods ahead of the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Woods has played on just one winning team in seven appearances, and that was way back in 1999 when the Americans memorably rallied on the final day at Brookline. That was in Dubai in 2001.

He says the sooner uncertainties are out of the way, the more time players have to prepare.

The television ratings show as much.

"It's just kind of more precautionary than anything, just a little tightness, and it probably looks a little worse than it is", Thomas said last Tuesday before he tied for seventh at the Tour Championship.

That was the highest rating of the year this side of the majors, and the highest for the Tour Championship dating to 2000. "It's throwing two guys in the ring", Reed said. "So for everyone in golf, it's brilliant".

United States captain Jim Furyk has a "really good idea" of the pairings he will send out on the first day of the Ryder Cup.

Amid tensions caused by Britain's looming departure from the European Union, the captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team said Thursday his players were an example of how the continent "stands as one".

"You look at Phil and Tiger, they are on their homeward stretch", said Fowler. "But we respect our opponents and know what we are up against".

"It's a very different type of golf course, and it will be fun for both teams".

Europe has done it well over the years.

Johnny Miller's first Ryder Cup overseas for NBC Sports was in 1993 at The Belfry, so long ago that Davis Love III was a Ryder Cup rookie who holed the cup-clinching putt for the Americans. The 29-year-old has urged his European teammates to avoid the hype surrounding Woods, who claimed a first victory in five years at the Tour Championship in Atlanta last week. And that means little, as recent history would suggest.

"I think to focus on one player is silly, especially when I might not even see him at any point this week because I mightn't be on the course with him or play against him".

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