Thomas Bjorn will have quite the job on his hands if he is to mastermind a European triumph over a fearsome United States team at the Ryder Cup this weekend.
USA earned a thumping success on home soil at Hazeltine two years ago and with nine major winners among the ranks, Jim Furyk's men are a formidable outfit this time around.
And yet, there is something about the Ryder Cup that galvanises the boys in blue with Europe having won eight of the past 11 editions.
So, with that in mind, here are the four reasons why Europe will defy the odds and prevail at Le Golf National.
USA may be defending champions and favourites to retain the trophy, but there is no doubt they have suffered from travel sickness in the Ryder Cup.
You have to go back to 1993 for the last time America triumphed on European soil as a team led by the legendary Tom Watson won 15-13 at The Belfry.
Indeed, Team USA turned back to Watson four years ago at Gleneagles, but the experience was markedly different as Europe romped to a 16.5-11.5 victory.
The heavy defeat led to an infamous post-event news conference where Phil Mickelson threw Watson under the bus with a damning assessment of his leadership.
UNDERDOGS MOTIVATED BY REVENGE
On the face of it, this is one of the best chances Team USA will have to end their away-day hoodoo.
A 17-11 scoreline at Hazeltine two years ago, coupled with the fact that seven of the past nine major winners have come from America, points towards one logical conclusion.
But the Ryder Cup rarely follows logic, and a Europe team that has lost just three times since that 1993 reverse will be smarting from such a comprehensive defeat last time out.
Europe have revelled in being the underdogs before and such a status will suit them just fine in front of what will be a partisan crowd.
OPEN DE FRANCE WINNERS AMONG THE RANKS
Familiarity, as the saying goes, can breed contempt, but it can also undoubtedly breed success.
And there are success stories at Le Golf National in Bjorn's team.
The past two winners of the Open de France have been Ryder Cup rookies Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren, while Francesco Molinari is a three-time runner-up.
RIGHT BLEND OF ROOKIES AND EXPERIENCE
As in any team environment, it can be difficult to get the right mix of wide-eyed newcomers and seasoned veterans.
But it appears on the surface that Bjorn has got the right combination with five first-timers as Jon Rahm, Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Tyrrell Hatton and Fleetwood all prepare to make their Ryder Cup debuts.
Bjorn was clearly looking for experience in his captain's picks, with Ryder Cup regulars Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson added to the mix despite being out of form this season.
Justin Rose heads to France as the FedEx Cup champion, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy adds star power and Ian Poulter – a man so synonymous with the Ryder Cup – is a welcome return.
15 de octubre 2018
|Schuster warns Real Madrid not to panic-buy striker in January|
|We´re here to win! - Paine not happy celebrating a draw|
|Injured Thauvin out of Germany clash|
|Southgate hits out at early Premier League start|
|Modric to Inter talk is ´fantasy´, says Guardiola|
|Pats hand first loss to Chiefs after wild shoot-out|
|Cowboys, Ravens dominate as Pats beat Chiefs in NFL classic|
|Brady becomes first QB to 200 regular-season wins in NFL|
|Red Sox level series against Astros|
|Mbappe leaves red-faced Dembele on his backside|
|Red Sox ace Sale admitted to hospital with stomach illness|
|From UFC to NFL? McGregor throws pass for Cowboys|
|Ancelotti praises ´dangerous´ Mbappe|
|Uncapped Papalii named in All Blacks squad|
|Kane would star in LaLiga – Ramos|
|Guardiola unsure about Man City´s Champions League chances|
|Dzeko: Premier League return? You never know|
|Gurley dominates to help Rams beat Broncos|
|Butler expected to play Timberwolves´ opener against Spurs|
|I´m no wizard – Mancini asks for patience with Italy|
|The Messi and Ronaldo era is phenomenal – Guardiola|
|Dolphins defeat Bears in OT with 47-yard field goal|
|Almirola picks up win at Talladega|
14 de octubre 2018
|Wigan´s Sarginson wanted Grand Final glory in memory of brother|
|McLeish: Scotland keep shooting themselves in the foot|
|Sarries´ walking wounded a concern for Jones|
|Poland 0 Italy 1: Biraghi seals last-gasp win to keep final-four hopes alive|
|Seahawks top Raiders with blowout win in London|
|In-demand Hogg hints at Glasgow exit|
|Holder calls on Windies batsmen to step up after India whitewash|
|France´s World Cup win hurt me - Koscielny retires from international football|
|Bailey performs U-turn on Jamaica call-up|
|Evans becomes Buccaneers´ all-time leading receiver|
|Overlooked Alba is one of the world´s best, says Ramos|
|Del Potro a major ATP Finals doubt due to fractured patella|
|Gomez to replace suspended Stones for England|
|Luis Enrique applauds ´adaptive´ Southgate|
|Pepperell holds off Bjork for wire-to-wire British Masters glory|
|Steelers´ Shazier returns to Bengals´ stadium for first time since injury|
|Scotland 1 Portugal 3: Santos´ side pile misery on McLeish|
|Falcons prey on Toulon, Vunipola brothers injured in Sarries win|
|N´Golo Kante is fundamental for France – Lucas Hernandez|
|Real Madrid star Bale withdraws from Wales squad|
|50 Cent to meet Khabib for Bellator talks|
|Drink-driving charge does not change who I am – Lloris|
|Pavard backs Varane to beat favourites to Ballon d´Or|
|Gareth gives players more input - Henderson explains Southgate, Klopp contrast|
|Stephens qualifies for WTA Finals as Svitolina sits out Kremlin Cup|
|Disrespectful critics are treating us like amateurs - Hummels|
|Final Proteas-Zimbabwe T20 washed out|
|Deontay Wilder apologises for punching mascot on live TV|
|Irrepressible Djokovic hunting year-end number one|
|Henry has everything to be a success at Monaco – Deschamps|
|Shastri: Shaw plays like Tendulkar, Sehwag and Lara|
|Germany lose Boateng for key France fixture|
|Giorgi eases past Alexandrova to Linz title|
|Why not? I hope so - Lukaku harbours Serie A ambition|
|No regrets - ´Happy´ Hazard won´t sulk at Chelsea|
|Umesh inspires three-day victory after India´s early wobble|
|FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann dies, aged 51|
|Emery has improved me already, says Xhaka|
|Southgate backs under-fire Rashford|
|Let´s go, Floyd! - ´King´ Khabib calls out Mayweather|
|Koeman calm after Netherlands make history against Germany|
|Injured Van Dijk to miss Belgium clash|
|Brilliant Djokovic extends winning run with Shanghai title|
|Atletico Madrid ambition behind Griezmann´s Ballon d´Or desire|
|Teenager Yastremska dominates Wang to clinch maiden title|
|Garcia claims first title of 2018 to hit Pliskova´s Finals hopes|
|Manchester City deny Messi mega bid|