Ryder Cup: Poulter, Stenson and Rose give Europe better chance than what bookies suggest

At many holes, finding the right position on the fairway to have a playable approach shot to the green is of paramount importance, with a variety of hazards surrounding every green.

Johnson may be the current world No1, with the power to hit the ball further than 99.99 per cent of the world’s golfers, but accuracy is far from his biggest strength.

Mickelson may have some wonderful short game recovery talents, like his famous ‘flop shot’, but they will not come into play if his ball finds one of the water hazards that dominate the closing four holes.

And since the Ryder Cup is a matchplay team game far removed from the individual strokeplay battles tour golfers face, dressing room spirit could be a key factor in deciding the winners.

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