Thursday, September 27, 2018

Ryder Cup tees off in Paris on Friday

FRIDAY MORNING FOUR-BALL PAIRINGS
Europe names first
  • Rose and Rahm v Koepka and Finau
  • McIlroy and Olesen v Johnson and Fowler
  • Casey and Hatton v Spieth and Thomas​
  • Molinari and Fleetwood v Woods and Reed
  • The curtain has been raised on the biggest spectacle in golf as captains Thomas Bjorn (Europe) and Jim Furyk (USA) introduced their teams and announced their pairings for Friday's four-balls at the opening ceremony.
    Around 40,000 fans filled a custom-built arena at Le Golf National and there was a rapturous welcome for Tiger Woods, playing in his first Ryder Cup since 2012, while Furyk highlighted the historic bonds between host country France and the US.
    Bjorn said he has never felt prouder than standing at the podium as Europe's Ryder Cup captain. Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson are his vice-captains.
    Bjorn said the continent "can sometimes be a fragmented place", but when it comes to the Ryder Cup "Europe stands as one". He added: "Most of all, this week we will be playing for that flag."
    Former Newcastle and Tottenham player David Ginola was the host, while there was also entertainment from English indie band the Kaiser Chiefs.
    Then the opening-morning fourball pairings were revealed. First out at 8.10am local time (7.10am BST) will be European duo Justin Rose and rookie Jon Rahm against Brooks Koepka and another debutant, Tony Finau.
    Second off at 8.25am (7.25am BST) Rory McIlroy and rookie Thorbjorn Olesen are up against world No 1 Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.
    The third group at 8.40 (7.40am BST) sees Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton, a third European debutant, take on Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
    Last off at 8.55pm (7.55am BST) are Open champion Francesco Molinari and rookie Tommy Fleetwood against Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods.

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