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Nick Faldo: Team USA Could Be 2016 Ryder Cup Favorites

Tiger's Vice Captain Role Raises Eyebrows
Paul McGinley and Rory McIlroy weighed in on the announcement that Tiger Woods would be a vice captain for Team USA at the 2016 Ryder Cup. 

Nick Faldo thinks that Team USA might have a leg up when the Ryder Cup comes to Hazeltine in Minnesota next year.

Sir Nick told Reuters that the possibility of a fresh-faced European Team could put the defending champions at a bit of a disadvantage against the Americans.

"There is going to be a changing of the guard, a few of our guys are getting a little older," Faldo said. "I think America could be the favorites this time because the backbone of their team will be similar to the last one. Europe's backbone could be very different. We could easily have six rookies, easily."

The six-time major winner pointed to up-and-comers like Danny Willett and Andy Sullivan, both of whom have climbed within the top 40 in the world ranking this year and are strong contenders to make the European squad.

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The Europeans have bested Team USA in seven of the last nine Ryder Cup matches. If the Americans want to reverse the tide, Faldo thinks they need to work on their pairings.

"The Americans have struggled with that recently," Faldo said. "Their strongest pair has been Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. Even that one gets broken up at the wrong time. They have got to find a couple of good pairings but the bottom line is they must find a way to win."

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