Padraig Harrington says his European Ryder Cup team will be "taking their lead" from their Solheim Cup counterparts in how to deal with the challenges of playing in front of a partisan crowd on US soil.
Due to effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, no European fans have been allowed to travel over for the event at Whistling Straits, meaning that the supporters in situ from Friday to Sunday will be even more skewed in favour of the hosts than usual.
Earlier in September however, Europe's Solheim Cup team emerged victorious on US soil as a squad inspired by the form of Ireland's tournament rookie Leona Maguire won 15-13 in a similar backdrop.
Rory McIlroy cited that as inspiration for the upcoming Ryder Cup earlier on Wednesday and his captain Harrington echoed that sentiment when he also spoke to RTÉ Sport.
"We all watched the Solheim Cup and we all learned from that," he said.
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Padraig Harrington tells @gregallenRTE that Europe are taking inspiration from how their Solheim Cup counterparts handled the partisan US atmosphere earlier this month #rtegolf #RyderCup pic.twitter.com/9ICESvDqYh
"There's no doubt that we want the atmosphere. If you went to every one of my players and said, 'Would you rather play with no fans or 40,000 US fans?' They'd go, 'Well, let's have the 40,000 fans'.
"I think they understand what's ahead of them and they have to embrace it. There's no choice in that and they're well able to deal with it.
"It's only sticks and stones, it's not like it's anything more than that, so the players will be well capable (of handling the atmosphere) and taking their lead from the Solheim Cup."
With Europe as underdogs in the prevailing circumstances, Harrington said the challenge posed by adversity needs to be taken "as an inspiring element".
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Padraig Harrington is remaining coy about how much can be read into the #RyderCup practice pairings for his Europe team #RTEgolf pic.twitter.com/Z4sdAeNhVU
"If this was being run by a computer generated AI, all of a sudden we'd have no chance, the US are going to win. But we know it's not that," he said.
"We know the individuals can pull together to rise above themselves as a team and that's what we're working on.
"I know my players have nearly twice the wins of the US players so I have plenty of faith. They're great ball strikers, the golf course suits them, the conditions suit them and we're going to play to our strengths and not worry about the US team."
The three-time major winner, who says his man-management style is not a one-size-fits-all approach, was also remaining coy about how much can be read into the practice round pairings he has chosen so far ahead of the tournament.
"I'm not a big fan of players playing with the same guys over and over," he said, before adding that he is "not setting anything in stone" in practice rounds.