Justin Rose says he is wary of "waking a sleeping giant" in the form of the struggling United States team as Europe seek to win their fourth successive Ryder Cup.
Europe have dominated the event since 1985, winning 10 of 15 events staged in that time outright, retaining the title once after a draw and losing just four times, most recently in 2008.
They staged an extraordinary comeback from 10-6 down to win 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 at Medinah the last time the biennial showcase was staged in the United States in 2012, before cruising to a 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 triumph at Gleneagles two years later.
Rose, though, has claimed Europe's dominance in recent decades will count for nothing when the rivals face off at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota from September 30 to October 2.
"Although the record is skewed, I feel like it's been a lot closer than it is," Rose told Golf.com.
"I think we go into this, or certainly I go into this next Ryder Cup with no illusion that we are playing an incredibly tough team. It's almost like you're waking a sleeping giant, in a way, because the American team is getting very hungry. They're not liking being on the receiving end of so many defeats."
World number two Jordan Spieth made his Ryder Cup debut in the loss in Scotland in 2014 and went on to win his first two majors, the Masters and the U.S. Open, a year later.
Rose believes the 22-year-old Texan, along with several other emerging stars, could equip the United States to finally break Europe's stranglehold.
"You had Jordan, and obviously Patrick Reed," Rose said, referring to the event at Gleneagles. "But Dustin [Johnson] and Rickie Fowler - guys who haven't really had as many defeats under their belt - they're the guys who carry the team through.
"We're not resting on our laurels. There have been some very close Ryder Cups in the last few years. I think it's very important for us to go into the Ryder Cup staying very, very hungry as a team. And knowing that we're going to be up against it."