Stricker excited by Ryder role

20 February 2019 16:12:13 UK

Steve Stricker hopes a crushing defeat in the Ryder Cup last year will drive his United States team on to better things in 2020, when Europe head to Whistling Straits.

The 51-year-old, who has played in three Ryder Cup matches, has been chosen to succeed Jim Furyk as skipper of the US team, with Europe having already confirmed Padraig Harrington as the man to lead their defence of the trophy.

We want to win this more than ever and I'm here to help in any way.

Steve Stricker

And Stricker is clearly relishing the task handed to him, telling reporters: "Truly a dream come true - truly humbled by this opportunity, because I'm very passionate about this competition.

"Some people don't think I'm very fiery about playing the game of golf, but deep down I'm very competitive. We want to win this more than ever and I'm here to help in any way.

"While we were disappointed with the result in Paris, I am confident the setback will fuel our preparations for what will take place at Whistling Straits.

"Europe's talent will present a great challenge, but we will be focused on what we can accomplish together in 2020 in my home state. It's going to be a memorable week."

The United States were trounced 17.5-10.5 at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018, but the last time the Ryder Cup was played in America, in 2016, the hosts roared to a 17-11 victory at Hazeltine.

The hosts are 8/11 to win the 2020 Ryder Cup match outright, with a European victory priced at 11/8 and a tie 11/1.

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