Hunter Mahan focused on Ryder Cup

Hunter Mahan ahead of Ryder Cup

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Hunter Mahan says “redemption” will be the key word for the USA Ryder Cup when they take on Europe at Gleneagles later this month.

Europe have had the upper hand in the recent team competition, winning five of the last six showdowns, and are 1.50 favourites to triumph once again in Scotland this year.

Mahan, named as one of captain Tom Watson’s three picks alongside Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson on Tuesday, says the whole team are aware they need to stop the rot and finally secure a USA Ryder Cup victory.

“I think redemption is going to be a strong word amongst all the players,” the 32-year-old said.

“Europe has flat out kicked our butts over the last 10 or 15 years and that’s just the way it is. Everyone is going to work extremely hard over the next 24 days getting ready for it.

“We are all going to be mentally prepared for the challenge, because we have a great challenge ahead of us.”

Europe captain Paul McGinley also named his wildcard picks for the Ryder Cup on Tuesday, selecting Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, as his side aims to defend the title they won thrillingly in Medinah in 2012.

The action at Gleneagles starts on September 26 with the USA on offer at 2.61 to come out on top.

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