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USA star rules out Ryder Cup complacency

14th September 2018, 14:48 by Gareth Freeman

Justin Thomas says Team USA will not underestimate Europe in the Ryder Cup ahead of the tournament in Paris.

The USA secured a comprehensive 17-11 win at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota two years ago.

World number four Thomas, who is set to make his Ryder Cup debut, isn't expecting a comfortable win for his team in the 2018 edition of the event, however, and he feels home advantage could work in Europe's favour.

USA duo Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed hold three of golf's four major titles between them, but Thomas played down the significance of his team-mates' successes in the big events.

"I really don’t think one has anything to do with the other [major and Ryder Cup victories] and last time I looked Francesco [Molinari] won the Open Championship," he told National Club Golfer.

"Also, since we are playing in France, the atmosphere is going to be a lot different for our team than it would be if we were playing in the US.

"We haven’t won on European soil since 1993. That’s 25 years. So we have no reason to be cocky coming into this Ryder Cup.

"I know I want to be part of, and contribute to the team that ends that streak. But just because our guys have won more majors over the last year or two has nothing to do with the confidence we bring into this."

Thomas is one of three members of Team USA who will make their debuts this year, with fellow rookies Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau earning captain's picks.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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