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Ryder Cup 2016 Team Europe captain Darren Clarke during a press conferenceReuters

Team Europe, led by captain Darren Clarke, set off for the United States of America (USA) on Monday morning, as they flew out from Heathrow Airport in London for Hazeltine, Minnesota, where they will be taking part in the Ryder Cup 2016, starting off on September 30.

Europe will be looking to clinching their fourth-consecutive Ryder Cup.

Clarke, along with team members Rafa Cabrera Bello, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett, Chris Wood, as well as four of his five vice captains, Thomas Bjørn, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie and Sam Torrance, left off from London.

They will join up with Matt Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson – and the remaining vice captain, Ian Poulter -- the other Team Europe members -- who are already in America.

"It still feels as good as ever. It's always great to be involved in the Ryder Cup. We are all going over there to be a unit, stand shoulder to shoulder, as Darren keeps saying, and win The Ryder Cup," said Westwood to the official website of Ryder Cup.

"It's great to be part of another Ryder Cup team," said Germany's Kaymer. "We are going into the week to enjoy it, to make the most of the atmosphere, and hopefully retain The Ryder Cup."

Clarke, meanwhile, also paid tribute to the legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, who died at the age of 87 on Sunday following a long battle with illness and ailing health. Palmer was a six-time US Ryder Cup player and two-time captain.

"Like everyone in the golfing community we are saddened by the news about Arnold," said Team Europe captain Clarke. "He was a global superstar who transcended our sport and he will be sadly missed."