Darren Clarke launched the Ryder Cup trophy tour from Royal Portrush Golf Club in his native Northern Ireland on Tuesday, and the European captain had a spring in his step.
No wonder, considering the performance of the continent's players at the Masters last week.
English player Danny Willett won at Augusta National for his first major championship title and there were six other Europeans in the top 10.
"Hope they are all in the same form in September in Hazeltine," Clarke said, looking ahead to the Ryder Cup against the United States from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. "Any time you see seven Europeans in the top 10 at a major, that's got to be a hugely positive...