Bjorn expects Ryder Cup changes

01 January 2018 03:36:55 GMTPlus11

Thomas Bjorn says that while he has firm names in mind for the 2018 Ryder Cup, he expects some others to force their way into his thoughts.

The European team captain, charged with trying to win the trophy back from the USA, says that there is plenty of time for some new faces to emerge as serious candidates for the bi-annual competition which takes place at Le Golf National in Paris, in September.

Bjorn told Sky Sports: "Whatever 12 pairs it's going to be they're all going to be in a good place when they get there.

"The mindset you have when you start out, it probably will never be the 12 players you had at the beginning. It might not be that team.

The mindset you have when you start out, it probably will never be the 12 players you had at the beginning.

Thomas Bjorn

"For me it's a rolling film in front of me. I know Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, I know what they stand for, what our experienced players stand for. They have to make the team.

"But watching all these youngsters coming through in Europe is interesting, learning personalities, what makes them perform to their best. That's what's important."

The USA enjoyed a 17-11 victory last time out, in Minnesota in 2016, but their last success prior to that was back in 2008 with Europe dominating the event in recent times, winning six of the last eight.

Bjorn was part of three European winning teams and has been vice-captain on four occasions. He last played the event in 2014 at Gleneagles.

Europe are 2.20 to regain the trophy in 2018 while the USA, who haven't won in Europe since 1993, are priced at 1.61.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth is 8.00 to win the US Masters in Augusta, the first major of 2018 with Rory McIlroy priced at 10.00.

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