Nicklaus gives America backing

Nicklaus gives America backing

Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus believes America will have the edge over Europe this year and win back the Ryder Cup.

Europe have been the dominant force over the past 20 years, having won eight of the last 10 tournaments and the reigning champions are looking to make it four wins on the bounce.

Paul McGinley guided his side to a thumping 16.5-11.5 victory at Gleneagles in 2014 and his fellow Irishman Darren Clarke has been handed the reins for the event at Hazeltine.

No less than six rookies have made it onto the European squad, with Belgian Thomas Pieters handed a wildcard to join automatic qualifiers Danny Willett, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Chris Wood, Andy Sullivan and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

It is in stark contrast to team USA and experience appears to have been the port of call for Davis Love III, who only has one rookie currently in the shape of Brooks Koepka.

The 52-year-old skipper, who is taking charge for the second time, still has one more pick to make and this will be done after the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

America are desperate to win back the trophy, having been on the end of some tough defeats recently and Nicklaus, who played in six Ryder Cups, believes the hosts will come out on top.

"I think the Americans have a better team this year," he told reporters. "I think the Americans will win – they may or may not – but I think they will win this year. I think Davis has done a nice job, the guys want to play."

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