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And this year, Paris is taking it to a whole new level.

Many of those defeats came as part of Europe's 25-year home stranglehold on the Cup, a domination that Woods put down to their ability to finish the job.

His antics earned him the nickname "Captain America" and a villain's role he readily relishes this week as the trophy holders invade France.

In so many of his 80 PGA Tour victories, Woods has made that walk up 18 all by himself. "He's probably ready to go this week and I think it would be a real good week for him". It's been, what, five years since I've won a golf tournament. The competition was initially between the United States and a British representative team, with the first official tournament held in 1927.

"When Great Britain and Ireland became Europe, we became competitive".

More than reputation, European captain Thomas Bjorn looks at heart.

The scenes of fans stampeding up the final hole at East Lake to witness history being made were reminiscent of Woods' glory days, while NBC's TV ratings jump of 206 percent on past year spoke volumes of his continued draw in the game. The first official day of practice is Tuesday.

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"I could play it for nine holes, and then it suddenly hit me". That was in Dubai in 2001.

"This is the one time when Europe is united", Bjorn said.

The television ratings show as much.

"I've been excited for this for basically since the last day in Hazeltine, whenever we weren't the ones spraying champagne for a change", the world number six said.

That was the highest rating of the year this side of the majors, and the highest for the Tour Championship dating to 2000. He said he packed one suit and one bag and told the guys, "We're going there for one job; it's to go win". "So for everyone in golf, it's brilliant".

Hold off on that return of a Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson pairing in the Ryder Cup.

The chant, which sounds more like Yooooo-Rup!, will be heard around Britain and the rest of Europe starting Friday when the continent's best players take on Tiger Woods and the American team in the Ryder Cup, golf's biggest team event.

"When you are at the low of lows - and that wasn't long ago - there's a little voice in the back of your head that says, 'You might not get back to as good as you was, '" Poulter said. "But we respect our opponents and know what we are up against". The pair or player who wins the most holes in an 18-hole contest earns a point for their team, with the match ending if the leading player or pair can not be caught.

Europe has done it well over the years. "When it comes to the Ryder Cup, Europe stands as one".

Woods has not won a Ryder Cup match since a 4&3 victory over Italy's Francesco Molinari at Celtic Manor in 2010, going winless in 2012 at Medinah and missing the past two Cups with back issues. And that means little, as recent history would suggest.

This week, Woods is one of 12 players on a usa team that has not won the Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993, when Woods was still in high school. "I didn't want to piss anybody off, but once I realized what the tone was going to be, within 30 seconds, OK, here we go, it's pretty much freewheel to say what you want to anybody, which is obviously a great thing because we all have a lot of fun". Each of the four golfers plays their own ball and the best score from a single player counts for his team for that hole. I'll be there for my teammates for anything they need but when I'm playing I have to concentrate on my game, getting that point, and not worrying if I lose that the team will suffer.

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