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Ryder Cup: Europe relishing chance to upset the odds once again as underdogs, warns Clarke

By Phil Casey

Captain Darren Clarke is happy to accept the tag of underdogs as Europe go in search of an unprecedented fourth successive Ryder Cup victory.

Despite losing the last three biennial contests, and six of the last seven, the United States are odds-on favourites to end their terrible recent run at Hazeltine.

But the bad news for US captain Davis Love is that the favourite team have lost seven of the last 12, with three of their five wins coming by just a single point.

"We are always the underdogs, aren't we?" Clarke said. "We're always not supposed to win. But they have been doing okay. The guys are all here and they are very excited and keen to play.

"The odds frequently are against Europe and so it's nothing different. I'm not worried about it and I'm just looking forward to the whole thing."

After the 2014 defeat at Gleneagles, an 11-man task force was established to examine all aspects of the US Ryder Cup process, with the biggest change seeing the final wild card selected after the Tour Championship on Sunday.

Clarke laughed off suggestions that the United States should draft in players from Mexico or Canada if they fail to regain the trophy, but added: "I think it's wonderful what they have done to try to come up with a winning formula, it means they care so much about it.

"From the Ryder Cup's point of view it's very important, and I think we're in for another closely-fought match this week again.

"But I can speak on behalf of the Europeans - they are keen, and we are doing whatever we can to try and bring that trophy back home with us again."

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