Nick Faldo's task is to make it a fourth straight European win and oversee a second straight triumph in the US.
He has chosen to go without two of his most experienced players Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke, but in Padraig Harrington, who has won three majors since the K Club, he has the hottest property in golf.
Opposition skipper Paul Azinger is without world number one Tiger Woods and will field six rookies compared to Faldo's four.
In all, the US team has 19 caps to Europe's 20 but despite their underdog claims, Azinger's youthful side will present a formidable obstacle on home soil.
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