But since this edition of the Ryder Cup will be contested in Italy, the Europeans have the liberty of setting up the course as the home team. Typically, Team Europe likes to narrow the fairways and thicken the rough to make the course more challenging.
They hope their course setup will stymie the Americans yet again too, as Team USA has not won the Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993.
“So I think, look, they tried — like the Americans do, when they get their home Ryder Cup, they try and set up the golf course to suit them, and I think the vice captains are trying to set up the golf course to suit us,” Lowry said. “If you hit a good driver and a second shot down the fairway — that’s what golf’s about. That’s how I see it.”
Joining Captain Luke Donald as Vice Captains for Team Europe are Italian brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, and former Ryder Cup captains Thomas Bjorn and Jose Maria Olazábal.
Each captain also made the quick trip, which undoubtedly helped the younger players, specifically Ludvig Åberg, 23, and Nicholai Højgaard, 22.
“Especially for the younger lads yesterday, it was very, very cool,” Lowry said.
“Just to get everyone involved and everyone feels like The Ryder Cup is almost starting and you know because when you get there the week of, and it’s your first Ryder Cup, even if it’s not your first Ryder Cup, the week goes by quickly. So you get in and before you know it, it’s Wednesday or Thursday, and you maybe feel like you haven’t really got to do what you would have liked.”