Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Ryder Cup trophy  (European Tour)
Ryder Cup trophy (European Tour)

The Ryder Cup’s return is only four months away and Darren Clarke’s European team is starting to take shape ahead of their arrival at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

The first episode of our Countdown to the Ryder Cup series begins with Captain Clarke at Royal Portrush Golf Club at the start of the Ryder Cup Trophy Tour, with the Northern Irishman giving his thoughts on September’s contest.

Every successful Ryder Cup team is a blend of youthful exuberance and battle-hardened experience, and both elements are highlighted in interviews with potential rookies Matt Fitzpatrick and Danny Willett, along with seasoned veterans Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood.

We also get a glimpse behind the scenes at the data analysis 15th Club are doing in preparation for this year’s contest, plus the announcement of Thomas Bjørn, Harrington and Paul Lawrie as vice-captains and recent wins for Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Chris Wood, showing that Team Europe is looking strong as the race for places hots up.

Episode One of the Countdown to the Ryder Cup airs at 22.00 tonight in the UK on Sky Sports 4 and is repeated throughout the week.

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