Welshman Jamie Donaldson had quite the debut in the Ryder Cup two years ago, though his rookie success wasn't enough to get him invited back.
Not to worry, though, because the Europeans have reloaded. They will send six rookies — exactly half the team — to the first tee over the next three days in their effort to win for the fourth time in a row.
Among them is England's Andy Sullivan, who finds himself paired with Rory McIlroy in the second match of the day, in foursomes against Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.
It's rarified territory for Sullivan, who knows the magnitude of the job ahead.
"Sometimes I go to bed at night and just need to pinch...