Lack of European fans will magnify US team’s home advantage at Ryder Cup | Ewan Murray


Ewan Murray

Ban on travellers from Europe stacks the odds even further in favour of Steve Stricker’s team at Whistling Straits

The vast array of superlatives attached to the Ryder Cup ignore the recent propensity for predictable outcomes. Since Europe trounced the United States in Michigan, 17 years ago, there has been just a single away victory. When that transpired, at Medinah, we all saw fit to brand it a “miracle”. The past three Ryder Cups have been won by the length of a par five.

Few events in sport do exaggeration better than the biennial joust of Florida-based millionaire Europeans and Florida-based millionaire Americans – and the Ryder Cup is all the better for such giddiness – but at some point the trend of home win after home win needs to be reversed. Foregone conclusions are no use to anybody with an interest in sporting merit.

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