Patrick Reed says the USA are going into the 2018 Ryder Cup with the feeling they are the outsiders to win the trophy.
Reed was part of the US team that thumped Europe at Hazeltine two years ago – taking back the trophy for the first time since 2008 – and the defending champions have another formidable line-up for the upcoming event at Le Golf National.
Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Reed, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson took the eight automatic spots, while Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau were the four captain’s picks.
Nine of those players are major winners and Jim Furyk’s side arguably have their best chance of winning the Ryder Cup on foreign soil since success at the Belfry in 1993.
However, Reed, who won the Masters at Augusta National in April, doesn’t believe the defending champions are favourites and feels his side have less pressure on their shoulders.
“We feel great and we can’t wait to get over there and try to end the drought of not winning overseas,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I feel that kind of takes a little bit of pressure off us and puts more pressure on the European team because they’re the ones that have had so much success overseas, that everyone thinks we’re going to come in and they’re going to win the cup again.
“So we’re going to go in and feel like we’re the underdogs and try to play the best that we can.”