Team USA captain Jim Furyk proves he’s no cowboy

With the Ryder Cup due to start on Friday, there is plenty happening on and off the golf course.

The US team are currently favourites to win, and will be buoyed by the miraculous form of Tiger Woods coming back from injury.

Here, Sportsmail’s Mike Dickson clues you in on all the little bits of information you might have missed.

Jim Furyk is playing it straight down the line so far and was keen not to encourage comparisons with Hal Sutton, America’s hapless 2004 captain who wore a 10-gallon hat and disastrously paired Tiger Woods with Phil Mickelson.

Asked if he was tempted to sport the same headwear, Furyk replied: ‘I’m not from Texas and we don’t wear a lot of 10-gallon hats in Pennsylvania.’   

Jim Furk insisted he will not follow in the footsteps and wear hats like predecessor Hal Sutton

Jim Furk insisted he will not follow in the footsteps and wear hats like predecessor Hal Sutton

Jim Furk insisted he will not follow in the footsteps and wear hats like predecessor Hal Sutton

Le Golf National should be the most technologically connected sports venue of all time.

Major sports events typically have around 200 wifi access points, but there will be 700 here, covering 95 per cent of the site’s 150 acres. Coverage at a run-of- the-mill golf event is nearer 30 per cent.

Tiger Woods and Paul Casey were among those who took time on Wednesday to talk to junior Ryder Cup players, who served as the day’s competitive fare with a ‘friendship’ match taking place over six holes.

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Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau and Sergio Garcia are all here having played in the junior event before graduating to the real thing.

Members of the Junior Ryder Cup teams celebrate after completing the six-hole tournament

Members of the Junior Ryder Cup teams celebrate after completing the six-hole tournament

Members of the Junior Ryder Cup teams celebrate after completing the six-hole tournament

Bryson James Aldrich DeChambeau – ‘Thanks Mom and Dad, for giving me the longest name in the world,’ he said – was born in California, but his surname originates in the region of Picardy, just the other side of Paris from Versailles.

Among the privileged touches that the players and their families enjoy both on site and at the team’s Trianon Palace hotel is having the European Tour’s technical team temporarily install UK Sky Sports in each room for the duration of their stay, ensuring that they can watch the coverage in English.

Bubba Watson is commercially savvy. He wore a sponsor’s turquoise golf glove at a press conference ‘only as a forfeit’. 

He then, unsubtly, dropped the name of his luxury watch sponsor no less than three times when this event is backed by a competitor, Rolex.

Team USA's  Bubba Watson proved how commercially savvy he is during his press time

Team USA's  Bubba Watson proved how commercially savvy he is during his press time

Team USA’s  Bubba Watson proved how commercially savvy he is during his press time

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