After the Americans lost consecutive Ryder Cup matches in 2004 and '06 by a margin of 18.5-9.5, smarmy commentators on both sides of the Atlantic wondered if the Europeans could beat the U.S. with their second-best dozen.
That talk had seemingly subsided after the Americans won at Valhalla in 2008 and took the Europeans down to the wire at Celtic Manor in 2010.
Lauded swing coach Pete Cowen, however, remains certain the European 'B' team could prevail this fall at Medinah. Cowen, who has worked with Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington and Louis Oosthuizen, made the remark at last week's European Tour awards dinner ahead of the BMW PGA Championship. He received a special achievement award for his coaching career.
Later, Cowen did not back down from his bold sentiment.
“I wasn’t joking,' Cowen said, according to Global Golf Post. 'People have been coming up to me to ask about (the comment) and I’ve been telling them that I meant what I said. To be honest, I get fed up with those who sit on the fence. They go on and on about how difficult away matches can be when they should be sending out positive vibes.”