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Azinger says Europe is the favorite for Ryder Cup

Updated: August 6, 2008, 5:11 PM ET
Reuters

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- The absence of the injured Tiger Woods from next month's Ryder Cup has bolstered Europe's status as favorites, according to U.S. captain Paul Azinger.

World No. 1 Woods, a member of the U.S. team at the last five Ryder Cups, was sidelined for the rest of this year in mid-June following reconstructive knee surgery.

"I don't see one single positive that Tiger Woods isn't on our team," Azinger told a news conference at Oakland Hills Country Club ...

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