Europe’s Ryder Cup stars have arrived in the United States as they put the final touches to their preparations ahead of the opening matches on Friday.

After selecting his captain’s picks just over a week ago, Harrington says his team (13/8 to lead after Day One) are “well prepared” with the challenges they face over the three days of action at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

Europe’s recent record in the Ryder Cup has been fantastic, winning seven of the last nine matches, and they will look to retain the trophy they won in Paris in 2018.

They will, though, start this contest as the 9/4 underdogs, with the hosts (8/15 to lift the trophy) not only having a vocal support, but also eight of the world’s current top 10 players in Steve Stricker’s line-up.

Harrington though seems in upbeat mood ahead of Friday’s opening tee shots and feels he has a “strong, balanced team” going into the 43rd Ryder Cup match-up.

The European skipper told Sky Sports: “It’s very balanced. Good for foursomes and fourballs. We are well prepared at this stage, certainly in my head.

“It’s the Ryder Cup, so I’m sure there will be a few things that happen that throw up a few complications, but we are well prepared and whatever comes at us, we should be able to deal with.”

Tommy Fleetwood (20/1 to be Top Combined Points Scorer) is one of the European players to praise the strong bond in the team.

The man from Southport stated: “We create an unbelievable atmosphere for this week. It is amazing how good it is in the Europe team room.”

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