Ryder Cup - US relish underdog tag
Going into the Ryder Cup as underdogs will be an extra driving force for the United States holders this week, according to rookie Matt Kuchar.
"I think we do take some motivation from being the underdogs," the 32-year-old told reporters at Celtic Manor on Wednesday.
"We know Europe are a strong team, no doubt about that. The guys on their team are fantastic players and you just look at the guys they left out and you think, 'my God they must be stacked (with top golfers)'."
Kuchar, who has flourished this season with 11 top-10 finishes on the US PGA Tour and claimed the biggest win of his career at last month's Barclays tournament, has plenty of belief in his own team too.
"Phil (Mickelson) and Tiger (Woods) are arguably the two best players in the world," said the American. "You have Dustin Johnson, who on any given day can beat anybody.
"You have guys that just really have an immense amount of talent on the U.S. team. But we certainly know the Europeans have a fantastic squad."
Kuchar has also been impressed by the reaction of the home crowd this week.
"Yesterday we walked on the tee to a huge ovation, it was fantastic," said the American. "I was blown away."
There is a huge grandstand behind the first tee and when it is packed to the rafters for the opening fourballs on Friday morning it is likely to create a special atmosphere.
"I don't know if there is a first tee like it," said Kuchar. "It's pretty impressive."