Europe captain Darren Clarke: "We need to believe in ourselves"

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Darren Clarke urges his European side, who trail USA by three at the 2016 Ryder Cup, to take inspiration from Medinah four years ago when recovering from four down.

Darren Clarke has insisted that it is still all to play for on the final day at the 2016 Ryder Cup as Europe aim to overturn a three-point deficit in Minnesota.

USA were able to pull away at Hazeltine after seeing their opponents briefly draw level on Saturday, building up a 9½-6½ lead and now requiring just five points from the remaining 12 on offer.

Europe are no strangers to recovering from a seemingly insurmountable position, though, having bounced back from a 10-6 deficit after two days at Medinah in 2012 to win the second of three trophies on the spin.

If Clarke's men are to make it four in a row on US soil this evening then a huge effort is required, which the skipper believes is more than possible.

"We're going to have to work hard," he told BBC Sport. "It's been done before from a worse position. We need to believe in ourselves. There is a precedent."

Rory McIlroy looked to lead the European charge on Saturday when helping to draw the scores level, but the Northern Irishman was left unhappy when on the receiving end of some verbal abuse from certain members of the vociferous crowd.

"Someone just said a few derogatory things I thought were over the line," McIlroy said. "I tried to get him removed. It fuelled me a lot. The more they shouted, the better we played, so I hope they shout at us all day tomorrow."

The United States have won the Ryder Cup on just two occasions in the past 23 years.

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