US Ryder Cup team arrives in Edinburgh

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The American Ryder Cup team today touched down at Edinburgh Airport before setting off for Gleneagles.

Captain Tom Watson led his team down the steps to greet officials and the media.

Watson was the captain of the last successful US team on European soil – way back in 1993 at the Belfry. At 65, he is the oldest Ryder Cup captain in the 87-year history of the matches.

Watson told Sky Sports that he was very excited about being in Scotland and added: “We arrive as underdogs, but no-one in the team believes we are underdogs. We are excited to be here and we will be as competitive as ever.”

European captain Paul McGinley said of Watson: “He is a real competitor and it is a very strong team. Arguably we have the strongest team ever, but as strong as we are the US have a strong team too.”

Rickie Fowler sported a new haircut on his arrival, with USA shaved into his hair.

Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, has told the Guardian that the Ryder Cup will be strange without Luke Donald.

“It would have been great for Luke to make it, obviously being a good friend of mine and a former playing partner of mine. But at the same time, there are a lot of good players, a lot of guys who have been playing really well, and you cannot pick them all. We can only have 12.

“I have talked to Luke a little bit and it was hard for him, but he knows that if he had played a little bit better, from probably the [WGC] Bridgestone [Invitational] onwards, he would have been on the team. Unfortunately he just wasn’t able to do it. It is not the end of the world. He will be back, he will be fine.”

Our picture shows, left to right, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley and Tom Watson. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)