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Luke Donald sat down for dinner with Michael Jordan a few weeks ago. That is no great surprise, because they have been close friends for years, but the words spoken about the Ryder Cup were less expected.

‘He tipped Europe to win,’ Donald said. ‘That's what he told me but maybe don't tell the Americans that. Take whatever you want out of that one.’

A pinch of salt, maybe, because no figure has stood as a more visible cheerleader for the US at the Ryder Cup.

As it happens, Donald disclosed that Jordan has informed him he will not be present at Marco Simone in Rome this week – the first Cup he has missed since 1997. In an arena so inclined towards symbolism that the European class of 2014 filled tanks in their team room with gold and blue fish, it might even be perceived as an early hole in favour of the home team.

Clutching at straws, perhaps, but the links between Jordan and Donald are interesting. They might chime as an unusual couple, but they have been confidants for over a decade and live on the same street in a gated community in Jupiter, Florida. At the heart of it are shared traits, because Donald didn’t get to world No 1 in an era of bigger hitters by accident.

Europe captain Luke Donald (L) and Michael Jordan (R) have been close friends for years

Europe captain Luke Donald (L) and Michael Jordan (R) have been close friends for years

Golf fan Jordan will not be present in Rome — the first Ryder Cup he has missed since 1997

Golf fan Jordan will not be present in Rome — the first Ryder Cup he has missed since 1997

‘You need some ruthlessness,’ Donald said, but it is the depth of his Cup obsession that has been so conspicuous throughout this strangest of cycles, which started with him being snubbed for the captaincy in favour of Henrik Stenson, before LIV turned the Swede’s head and created an opening.

‘I was disappointed not to get it first time,’ he said. ‘There was a lot of talk in the media that I was probably the favourite and I didn't get it but that's water under the

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