Ryder Cup 2014: Paul McGinley says Europe wary of USA threat
|2014 Ryder Cup, Gleneagles|
|Dates: 26-28 September Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, highlights on BBC Two and live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website each day via desktop, mobile, tablet and app.|
Europe captain Paul McGinley says his side will not underestimate the USA in the Ryder Cup.
The average world ranking of the 12 European players is 19, compared to 16 for the Americans.
However, defending champions Europe start the competition at Gleneagles on Friday as favourites.
"The bookies are making us slight favourites but this is not a weak American team," McGinley told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek.
"This is not an American team to be underestimated. This will be a very strong, well led American team.
"Slight favourites, slight underdogs - there is not much of a difference.
"It is going to be tough, a heavyweight contest, toe to toe, right to the very end, like the previous Ryder Cups have been.
|2014 Ryder Cup - world rankings compared|
|Europe||World ranking||USA||World ranking|
|Rory McIlroy||1||Jim Furyk||5|
|Sergio Garcia||3||Bubba Watson||7|
|Henrik Stenson||4||Matt Kuchar||9|
|Justin Rose||6||Rickie Fowler||10|
|Martin Kaymer||12||Phil Mickelson||11|
|Graeme McDowell||18||Jordan Speith||13|
|Victor Dubuisson||23||Zach Johnson||16|
|Jamie Donaldson||28||Jimmy Walker||19|
|Thomas Bjorn||30||Hunter Mahan||21|
|Stephen Gallacher||34||Keegan Bradley||26|
|Ian Poulter||37||Patrick Reed||27|
|Lee Westwood||41||Webb Simpson||33|
|Average world ranking||19||16|
|Europe player profiles||USA player profiles|
"We are going to have be very strong. We are going to be on top of this team and play incredibly well to win this Ryder Cup.
"If we don't win the Ryder Cup it will not be because of complacency or because we underestimate the USA."
The US will be without injured former world number one Tiger Woods, who misses the competition for the first time since 2008.
But McGinley does not think the absence of the 14-time major winner is a boost to Europe's chances.
"Tiger Woods is arguably the greatest player the game has ever seen but over the last six months he has been injured and off-form and has not earned his place in the team," said McGinley.
"The guy that takes his place will be a very strong player."
|Europe's recent Ryder Cup dominance|
|2004||Europe||Oakland Hills, USA|
|2006||Europe||K Club, Ireland|
|2010||Europe||Celtic Manor, UK|