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WATCH: Grace backs Europe for Ryder Cup glory

2018-07-24 12:59
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Cape Town - South Africa's Branden Grace is backing Europe to overcome a powerful American team in this year's Ryder Cup.

The US are the holders of the Ryder Cup after their 17-11 victory at Hazeltine in 2016, but have suffered five successive away defeats.

Grace, who was part of the International Presidents Cup team last year, believes that Europe has what it takes to win in their own backyard.

"I'm definitely against the US, let's put it that way. I'm definitely going to be routing for Europe," said Grace, as quoted by Press Association.

"You know, we have a hard time as it is playing in the Presidents Cup against the States. But I think it's going to be a good one this year, especially playing in France. Europe is really going to get behind the guys and it's going to be a really close one this year."

The American team will be led by Jim Furyk with Davis Love III, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods as vice-captains.

The Europe team will be led by Thomas Bjorn with Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald serving as vice-captains.

The teams will be comprised of eight players taken off a points list, with the captain selecting four others.

The Ryder Cup gets under way at Le Golf National on September 25-30.

Ryder Cup teams so far:

America

Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson

Europe

Francesco Molinari (Italy), Justin Rose (England), Tyrell Hatton (England), Tommy Fleetwood (England), Jon Rahm (Spain), Alex Noren (Sweden), Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), Paul Casey (England)

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