US still haunted by Medinah

Tom Watson and Paul McGinleyEuropean vice-captain Sam Torrance doubts whether the USA will be able to use their defeat at Medinah as motivation to win this year’s Ryder Cup.

The Americans looked certainties to beat the Europeans two years ago in Chicago, as they took a 10-6 lead into Sunday’s singles, needing just 4.5 points to get over the line.

But Jose Maria Olazabal’s men dug deep and roared back to victory by the narrowest of margins to make it back-to-back triumphs in the biennial event.

The comeback success has now been dubbed the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ and has gone down in golfing folklore on this side of the Atlantic, while it still rankles with a number of the Americans who appeared confident of victory on the final day.

With the sides now set to square off on Friday at Gleneagles, the pre-tournament build-up has begun, with US captain Tom Watson stating on Monday that he felt the Medinah defeat was a positive thing for his men to feed off.

But Torrance, a Ryder Cup winner as both a player and captain in the past, believes that the opposite is actually true and that the memory of that loss will be in the mind of those who took part back in 2012.

“If it was me I don’t think that would spur me on,” he told Press Association Sport. “I would think that would put a lot of doubts in my head, the fact that you’re four points clear at home and you lose.

“I don’t know how that would spur you on, it’s almost more deflatory.”

Seven of the US team from Medinah will tee it up in Scotland this week, with Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar all on board and looking to set the record straight.

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