The American golfers have a nut to crack this week on Whistling Straits.

Because despite the fact that the USA usually accounts for most of the star shine, it is Europe that has so far won seven of nine Ryder Cups in the 2000s.

This time, everything really speaks for the United States - yes, on paper anyway.

Eight of the world's currently ten best golfers have American passports and when captain Steve Stricker took the team out, for example, there was no place for Billy Horschel (18th in the world) or Patrick Reed (20th).

Add to that the fact that virtually the entire audience will cheer on the home team, where a major rejuvenation has taken place since the loss in Paris 2018. Out with the legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, in with young stars and debutants as double major winner Collin Morikawa and Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele.

The Norwegian comet, Viktor Hovland, gets the chance immediately.

Sweden has no participants but has two vice captains in the management staff: Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson.