Dustin Johnson returned to No. 1 in the world, making it the fifth time an American has been No. 1 at the Ryder Cup.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy insists he was more intimidated by the penal rough than Tiger Woods' stunning comeback win at the Tour Championship. Historically, the team that has started hottest has won the entire Ryder Cup, and I doubt this year will be any different.
In match play, the aim of the game is to take fewer shots than your opponent on any given hole to win that hole.
Europe still likes to play the underdog role, even having won eight of the last 11 times in the Ryder Cup.
The US team have lost the last five visits to Europe and last won there in 1993. "Hopefully, that will change this week".
Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed smile as they walk from the 1st tee during a Ryder Cup practice round at Le Golf National.
Already the most intense competition in golf, the Ryder Cup doesn't need help to boost the excitement. "I wasn't quite as vocal in my first Ryder Cup as he's been, but I wasn't as good a player my first Ryder Cup as he is".
The top spectator attraction will be Woods, a 14-time major champion who snapped a five-year win drought Sunday at the US PGA Tour Championship, capping an unbelievable comeback season after spinal fusion surgery with his 80th career title.
When the gallery at East Lake Golf Club spilled onto the 18th fairway Sunday afternoon, it became hard to find Tiger Woods in its midst. "I felt like I wanted to portray what we are as a team to the people that were watching".
"Are they good?" Woods asked to plenty of laughter.
"So to have a chance to be a part of that, looking forward to that".
NBC Sports Group said the overnight rating from the Tour Championship was 5.21, the highest-rated telecast in the 12-year history of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which cover 48 events featuring some of the strongest fields of the year. I'm just waiting for them to be like 'oh, wait, can you draw the shield?' You know, it's pretty cool. Obviously I had a three-shot cush (lead), which is awfully nice, but still, I had not done it in five years. It would be odd if it was anything different when you came here. I also know how important this event is to all 12 guys and to Tiger, as well. "A guy with his status and that number of wins, he can flip the page and turn his attention to this week".
Six years later he's a wildcard pick again and is expected to bring lightning once more.
Having won the Ryder Cup on home territory last time around, the USA team are seeking to end an incredibly poor string of results on foreign soil, where they have not lifted the trophy for a massive 25 years. Furyk said on the eve of the matches.
Furyk said he tended to put more weight on personality than style of play.
"You're a big inspiration to me, thank you", the youngster said to Woods, who approached him and gave him a pat.
"It has a special place in his heart, the Ryder Cup, and he's been very supportive through the whole thing". The Italian says the pressure of trying to win his first major is nowhere near what he feels during a Ryder Cup.
This week Europe's team, as well as the players' wives and girlfriends, are wearing yellow ribbons in memory of Spain's Celia Barquin Arozamena, Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year, who was found murdered on a golf course last week.
The next generation of Americans looked up to him as the legendary figure who inspired them when they were kids. Europe almost pulled off an incredible victory against one of the strongest US teams of them all, captained by Nicklaus himself, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.