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by Aidan Elder |  Published: Oct 01, 2010

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Ryder Cup Golf’s World Rankings have rarely painted such an optimistic picture of Europe’s chances of Ryder Cup glory. Dominance is not the correct word, but seldom in the modern era have the raw statistics shown the Europeans to have such relative parity with their transatlantic counterparts. Sadly for Colin Montgomerie, it all means virtually nothing and he’ll know that better than most. In both 2004 and 2006, the list of the world’s top players told us the Europeans were inferior to their American counterparts, yet on both occasions he and his teammates inflicted crushing defeats on the U.S.. Events at Valhalla in 2008 emphasised the point as an American team without Tiger Woods and low on household names prevailed over a fancied group of Europeans. Much has been made of the Europeans enjoying home advantage, but in the Ryder Cup, the benefit of being at home may in fact ...


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