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Can Jack Nicklaus Help End the String of American Ryder Cup Losses?

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Jack Nicklaus greets Jordan Spieth during the 2015 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Is Jack Nicklaus what the U.S. Ryder Cup team needs to break its losing streak?

In an effort to jumpstart team bonding before the upcoming Ryder Cup, Nicklaus and his wife plan to host a gathering for golfers likely to qualify for the U.S. squad. The party will take place at the Honda Classic later this month.

After coming up short in recent years, the Americans are anxious to turn the tables on Team Europe at Hazeltine in 2016. World No. 1 Jordan Spieth has said that winning the Ryder Cup is a priority for him this year—and other young stars like Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed are similarly hungry for success in the prestigious event. Rory McIlroy commented just last week that Team Europe would be facing a crop of players who are not eager to lose again.

“I am not surprised they are so motivated,” he said.  

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The Daily Mail first reported the story via Graeme McDowell, who said that he’d heard about it from American captain Davis Love III.

“I’m not sure it’s common knowledge, about Jack having them all around to his house,” McDowell said. “The plan is to have around 25 players who could make the team for dinner. Given this level of intensity this early in the campaign, it just shows how fired up they are.”

A representative for Nicklaus confirmed that there are plans for a “private get-together,” albeit “with no agenda.”

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