Nick Faldo: Team USA Could Be 2016 Ryder Cup Favorites

SOUTHPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14:  Nick Faldo of England pictured at a press conference prior to the 137th Open Championship on July 14, 2008 at Royal Birkdale Golf Course, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

SOUTHPORT, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 14: Nick Faldo of England pictured at a press conference prior to the 137th Open Championship on July 14, 2008 at Royal Birkdale Golf Course, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Nick Faldo thinks that Team USA might have a leg up when the Ryder Cup comes to Hazeltine in Minnesota next year.

Sir Nick told Reuters that the possibility of a fresh-faced European Team could put the defending champions at a bit of a disadvantage against the Americans.

“There is going to be a changing of the guard, a few of our guys are getting a little older,” Faldo said. “I think America could be the favorites this time because the backbone of their team will be similar to the last one. Europe’s backbone could be very different. We could easily have six rookies , easily.”The six-time major winner pointed to up-and-comers like Danny Willett and Andy Sullivan, both of whom have climbed within the top 40 in the world ranking this year and are strong contenders to make the European squad.

The Europeans have bested Team USA in seven of the last nine Ryder Cup matches. If the Americans want to reverse the tide, Faldo thinks they need to work on their pairings.

“The Americans have struggled with that recently,” Faldo said. “Their strongest pair has been Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. Even that one gets broken up at the wrong time. They have got to find a couple of good pairings but the bottom line is they must find a way to win.”

courtesy of Marika Washchyshyn (golf.com)

 

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A wandered spirit at times, but passionate about family values, interested in world cultures, and taking the journey through life with vigor and no fear in trying something new. Patrick received his FAA pilot’s license in High School before acquiring a driver’s license. He still flies regularly to keep proficient in instrument and multi-engine ratings. Traveled all over the world while in the U.S. Navy and became very appreciative of different cultures. After his military service he grew a passion for golf and became a PGA professional. He authored “Golf’s Deadly Sins” and has over 30 years of teaching experience. Patrick says that experience has shown him that nothing invented by man will ever come at you harder than life itself. “It’s always better to be on the ground wishing that you were flying, than flying wishing you were on the ground.”

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