As he finalises his 12-man team by naming his fourth wild card tomorrow, USA captain Jim Furyk knows he already has three aces in his pack.
In Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas, Furyk will be fielding the three men currently sitting at the top of the world rankings.
And by naming veterans Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods among his first three wild cards, he has added two golfing legends who dominated the world golf scene for two decades.
In comparison, among the eight players who have qualified automatically for Europe captain Thomas Bjorn’s team are five who will be making their Ryder Cup debut.
Yet there are several key factors which could suggest that the bookmakers have got it wrong by ruling out Europe’s chances of reversing the Hazeltine scoreline.
History is on their side since it is now 25 years since the Americans last won the cup away from their home soil and their 15-13 victory at The Belfry in 1993 could hardly be described as conclusive.
And the tough layout of Le Golf National is a far cry from most of the modern courses they play week in, week out on the PGA tour, where recovery shots from missed fairways are played from lies that are little more than closely manicured semi-rough.
When it has hosted the French Open, the course has been recognised as one of the toughest on the European Tour circuit.
At many holes, finding the right position on the fairway to have a playable approach shot to the green is of paramount importance, with a variety of hazards surrounding every green.
Johnson may be the current world No1, with the power to hit the ball further than 99.99 per cent of the world’s golfers, but accuracy is far from his biggest strength.
Mickelson may have some wonderful short game recovery talents, like his famous ‘flop shot’, but they will not come into play if his ball finds one of the water hazards that dominate the closing four holes.
And since the Ryder Cup is a matchplay team game far removed from the individual strokeplay battles tour golfers face, dressing room spirit could be a key factor in deciding the winners.
In that department, Bjorn will have some key characters. No one can match the fist-pumping that erupts from Ian Poulter when he sinks a key putt to win a hole.
Then there is the humour of Swede Henrik Stenson. When fellow players need a pen to sign an autograph, he has been known to hand them a biro that emits a small electric shock.
And in Justin Rose, the ability to control emotions when a shot goes awry on the course prevents opponents from knowing he is upset.
Television replays will show that Rose walks almost every fairway with a smile on his face and barely moves his lips when telling his caddie under his breath that he has a problem.
Bjorn may have five newcomers in his line-up but in players like Stenson, Rose and Sergio Garcia there is a wealth of experience than can be passed on to upset the bookies’ forecast.