Dustin Johnson excited to battle Tiger Woods, but not just yet

Dustin Johnson excited to battle Tiger Woods, but not just yet

Dustin Johnson excited to battle Tiger Woods, but not just yet

Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed are in the anchor match. Without players from the continent, it's doubtful the Ryder Cup would still be such a major event.

And then Europe finished even better.

This year's edition at Le Golf National promises to be typically competitive, with US aiming to end their away-day blues and Europe out for revenge after a Hazeltine hammering in 2016.

The 2018 Ryder Cup has officially arrived, and while for many hardcore golf fans that's music to their ears, many more casual observers may need a little bit of an explained as to why there are nearly 7,500 maniacs on the first tee chanting, jeering and whooping during the best kind of mayhem in golf this season.

The American player says a bug "started through the locker room" at the Tour Championship last week and that a lot of players got sick.

"We have the analytics team in place and they have opinions on why guys match up well together from a statistics standpoint". It looked tiring to have to play golf like that for three days.

"Are they good?" Woods asked to plenty of laughter.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth sees this week's Ryder Cup as a way to jump-start his 2019 campaign after a struggling season in which he failed to reach last week's Tour Championship.

Europe Captain Thomas Bjorn said Tuesday he had a "good feeling" about his rookies, who all qualified automatically. "We know it's a marathon, and we're delighted with the way the day turned out because it was a fairly tough morning".

"I look back at the last Ryder Cup and it wasn't just Sunday". It has reason to feel like one in France with such a loaded lineup the Americans offer. It was his wonderful fortune that turned the tide in the morning.

- This is Justin Rose's fifth Ryder Cup appearance. Instead, it landed on the 12-inch wide boards that frame the green, soared into the air as the gallery gasped, and plopped down 3 feet from the hole.

He wound up making a bogey, while Koepka settled for par.

In the afternoon, the mood changed in the mild air and freshening wind.

Spieth made his Cup debut in 2014 at Gleneagles under the pressure of chanting, singing hecklers. Furyk said on the eve of the matches.

Two years ago at Hazeltine the United States swept to a 4-0 lead in the opening morning's foursomes - where players play alternate shots with the same ball - and though Europe fought back to close the gap, the home side eventually ran out convincing 17-11 winners.

Furyk tried to see the big picture.

"It's absolutely massive to us, as golf fans and a golfing family", Lee Perch, a 34-year-old Europe fan from Harlech, Wales, said next to the practice putting green while wearing a blue-sleeved shirt with a blue European Union flag over the left breast. "We are not happy with it. I've got a lot of guys that were world-class players themselves, played on a significant number of these teams and understand the inner workings, and there's a lot of feel that goes into it as well, and I really trust and believe in their opinions". "When it comes to the Ryder Cup Europe stands as one", Bjorn said.

Dustin Johnson: No competitive rounds at Le Golf National.

Right behind them, McIlroy recovered from his very bad morning by joining forces with European stalwart Poulter, who lived up to his reputation.

I wonder whether the USA have made the right decision in making Tony Finau their final wild card pick, though.

But the performance of past European rookies bodes well for the home team. "They are trying to do the best they can to brace themselves and get ready for the battle".

"Unfortunately these things happen in the world, and nowadays, more than ever". Garcia and Noren were 5 under at the turn, an astounding score on his golf course in these windy conditions.

Tiger Woods expects some nervous excitement when he steps on the first tee for the trophy-holders United States against Europe in the Ryder Cup before 7,000 screaming spectators at Le Golf National.

Finau also isn't a great putter.

"We'll take the breaks where we can get them", Finau said.

"It's a different atmosphere and one that we absolutely love".

At some point this week, Bubba Watson will hit an opening tee shot that will be different from recent Ryder Cups. Both are coming in with a ton of confidence and had arguably the best one- and zero-win seasons respectively of anyone on the PGA Tour.

It could hardly not be since they lost both matches in 2004 when they paired up for the only time. "It was sort of a bit of a "throw us together at the last moment and see how it goes".

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