The 44th edition of the Ryder Cup will begin in Rome tomorrow ©Getty Images

Europe are aiming to win back the Ryder Cup from the United States and keep their 30-year unbeaten home record intact at the 44th staging of the famous matchplay event in Italy.

Three days of play are due to begin tomorrow at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome with both teams selecting all-star line-ups.

The US thrashed Europe 19-9 at the last edition in Wisconsin in 2021 and are captained by Zach Johnson.

World number one Scottie Scheffler, winner of last year's Masters, is joined by US Open champion Wyndham Clark, Open winner Brian Harman, world number five Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa and Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele in qualifying automatically for the American team through the points ranking.

Former Masters winner Johnson has named five-time major champion Brooks Koepka, three-time major winner Jordan Spieth and two-time major winner Collin Morikawa among his captain's picks.

He has also given the nod to Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler and two-time PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas.

All of the American team are ranked within the top 25 in the world with Johnson having an abundance of riches to pick from.

Koepka is the only player chosen from LIV Golf - the breakaway Saudi Arabian-backed tour which attracted many of the world's top players.

LIV golfers were unable to gain Ryder Cup points, meaning they had to rely on being a captain's pick, and the likes of former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is among those to have missed out.

Johnson has also left out Cameron Young and former PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, ranked 15th and 18th in the world respectively.

Clark, Harman, Homa and Burns will all make their Ryder Cup debuts while Spieth and Fowler are the team's veterans and set to make their fifth appearances.

Zach Johnson will hope to guide the United States to a first Ryder Cup win in Europe in 30 years ©Getty Images
Zach Johnson will hope to guide the United States to a first Ryder Cup win in Europe in 30 years ©Getty Images

Three of the world's top five automatically qualified for the European team under English captain Luke Donald.

This includes Northern Ireland's world number two Rory McIlroy, a four-time major winner, and world number three Jon Rahm of Spain, the reigning Masters champion and a two-time major winner.

Norway's world number four Viktor Hovland and English pair Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick, the 2022 US Open winner, also qualified through the points ranking, along with Scotland's Robert MacIntyre.

Donald has selected England's Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist and former US Open champion Justin Rose among his captain's picks, as well as his compatriot Tommy Fleetwood.

Austria's Sepp Straka, Ireland's former Open winner Shane Lowry, Denmark's Nicolai Højgaard and Sweden's Ludvig Åberg complete the team.

Europeans playing in LIV Golf were banned - which led to Donald replacing Sweden's Henrik Stenson as captain.

Poland's Adrian Meronk was among the players to miss out despite winning the Italian Open on the same course in May.

There are no Italians are in the team on home soil either, although brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari are among Donald's vice-captains.

MacIntyre, Straka, Højgaard and Åberg will debut at the Ryder Cup, while McIlroy is the most experienced and set to play for a seventh time.

The US has not won on European soil since a 15-13 win at The Belfry in England in 1993.

Europe has won six Ryder Cups in a row on home soil since then.

The Ryder Cup will be hosted at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome ©Getty Images
The Ryder Cup will be hosted at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome ©Getty Images

"The European teams have been very stout, very good, very deep, and this year is no different," Johnson said. 

"It's just difficult. 

"I know what history says. 

"I'm very aware of that. 

"But at the same time, I can speak confidently, and talking to my team, these guys are ready and want to embrace that difficulty and want to just look at this as a great opportunity.

"The teams of the past are teams of the past. 

"This is a new team with a new opportunity."

Donald has decided that the foursomes, where one ball is used, will be played before the alternate shot four balls in a Ryder Cup in Europe for the first time since 1993.

Scheffler and Burns will take on Rahm and Hatton in the first clash with Harman and Homa meeting Højgaard and Åberg.

Fowler and Morikawa will take on Lowry and Straka and Schauffele and Cantlay will take on McIlroy and Fleetwood.

After two rounds of foursomes and four balls tomorrow and Saturday (September 30), the Cup is due to conclude with singles on Sunday (October 1). 

"I don’t think about losing," said Donald.

"You prepare the best you can, you go out and you take care of what you what you can do and hopefully the winning takes care of itself. 

"I'm very big into the controlling what you can control and the processes and all that kind of stuff and the result will take care of itself."