The Ryder Cup gets underway on Tuesday from Whistling Straits with three days of practice rounds leading into the Opening Ceremony on Thursday afternoon.

It’s then three days of thrilling matches beginning Friday and concluding Sunday where Europe will seek to retain the trophy they claimed in a 17.5 – 10.5 blowout victory at Le Golf National in France in 2018.

To get primed from the big biennial team event, here are five stories we bookmarked to read.

1. Phil Mickelson Reveals the Secrets to Europe’s Ryder Cup Success
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Phil Mickelson tees off on the 6th hole during a practice round ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup matches. Credit: Tim Clayton/Corbis Sport via Getty Images

Phil Mickelson will be in the team room as an assistant captain at next week’s Ryder Cup, but for the first time in over 25 years he won’t be teeing it up in matches. That ends a streak that saw the six-time major champion play on more U.S. Ryder Cup teams than any other player in history, putting together a 18-22-7 record in his 12 appearances.

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2. Top 5 Greatest Ryder Cup Comebacks
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Steve Pate, Payne Stewart, Hal Sutton, interview, 1999 Ryder Cup (Photo by Montana Pritchard / PGA of America via Getty Images)

In the history of the Ryder Cup there have been nine final-day comebacks that have resulted in either a draw or a win. For sheer drama and excitement on a golf course, there is nothing quite like the biennial contest that pits the best of Europe against the best of the USA, so in this piece we have taken a look at five of the greatest Ryder Cup comebacks.

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3. Captain Harrington on Being Underdogs, Relationship with Sergio and More
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Padraig Harrington and caddie Ronan Flood walk the 16th hole during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship held at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 23, 2021 in Kiawah Island, SC. (Photo by Jamie Squire via Getty Images)

European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington joined “Golf Today” on Monday to discuss a variety of topics related to the upcoming matches at Whistling Straits, including how the defending champions are again perceived as the clear underdog.

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4. Ryder Cup: Brooks Koepka Says U.S. v Europe Contest is ‘Odd’ and ‘Hectic’
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Tony Finau is congratulated by Jordan Spieth as Brooks Koepka reacts during day one Ryder Cup fourball matches at Le Golf National in Paris France. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/Getty Images

American Brooks Koepka says he finds the demands of playing in a Ryder Cup “odd” and mentally challenging as he prepares for next week’s contest against Europe.

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5. Davis Love III on Ryder Cup Prep: ‘Tiger Has Taught Us So Much’
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Vice-captain Steve Stricker and captain Davis Love III of the United States look on during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National on Sept 28, 2016 in Chaska, Minn. (Photo by Streeter Lecka via Getty Images)

Davis Love III is no stranger to the Ryder Cup, as he was a member of six teams as a player, and two more as a captain. Golfweek sat down with Love, who will serve as vice captain this time around, to discuss his thoughts on Whistling Straits, and the advice he’s received from Tiger Woods.

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