Europe come into the 2014 Ryder Cup as defending champions, having retained the trophy at Medinah Country Club, Illinois with a 14.5 to 13.5 win. The US had led that tie 10-6 heading into the final day of singles before the "Miracle at Medinah" saw Europe turn things around. Europe will head into the 2014 edition as the pre-tournament favourite according to online sportsbook odds, but the US will no doubt look to defy the odds and spring a surprise in Scotland
The 2014 Ryder Cup Ambassador Alan Hansen launched the event’s action-packed Practice Day programme this week. He announced a new charitable element to the first day of Ryder Cup week, which will be known as Tartan Tuesday. Hansen was joined by ClubGolf members from Prestonfield Golf Club in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Castle and called on all spectators coming to the first Practice Day (Tues 23rd September) to wear a piece of tartan as a sign of welcome to the Ryder Cup players, who will be on course for the first time as a team.