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Ian Poulter and Katie Poulter attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Ian Poulter and Katie Poulter attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

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Europe's and USA's teams during the Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

Europe's and USA's teams during the Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

Rui Vieira

Edoardo Molinari (left-center) of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his partner Anna Roscio alongside his brother Francesco Molinari and his wife Valentina prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Edoardo Molinari (left-center) of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his partner Anna Roscio alongside his brother Francesco Molinari and his wife Valentina prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Phil and Amy Mickelson leave the Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

Phil and Amy Mickelson leave the Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

David Davies

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie's wife Gaynor (right) and USA captain Corey Pavin's wife Lisa (left) with other wives and girlfriends during the opening ceremony during the opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie's wife Gaynor (right) and USA captain Corey Pavin's wife Lisa (left) with other wives and girlfriends during the opening ceremony during the opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

David Davies

Lisa Pavin (left), wife of Corey Pavin, and Gaynor Montgomerie (right), wife of Colin Montgomerie during the opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

Lisa Pavin (left), wife of Corey Pavin, and Gaynor Montgomerie (right), wife of Colin Montgomerie during the opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

Lynne Cameron

Lisa Pavin leads out the USA team wives during the  Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

Lisa Pavin leads out the USA team wives during the Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

David Davies

USA's Zach Johnson (second left) with his wife Kim Johnson (left), Tiger Woods (centre) and Stewart Cink (right) after the ceremony during the Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

USA's Zach Johnson (second left) with his wife Kim Johnson (left), Tiger Woods (centre) and Stewart Cink (right) after the ceremony during the Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

David Davies

General View during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

General View during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

The European Team's wives and girlfriends pose together: (L-R) Front Row, Laurae Westwood (Lee Westwood), Holly Sweeney (Rory McIlroy), Valentina Molinari (Francesco Molinari), Gaynor Montgomerie (Colin Montgomerie), Diane Donald (Luke Donald), Allison Micheletti (Martin Kaymer), Marian Jimenez (Miguel Angel Jimenez), Back row Alison McGinley (Paul McGinley), Caroline Harrington (Padraig Harrington), Pernilla Bjorn (Thomas Bjorn), Katie Poulter (Ian Poulter), Anna Roscio (Edoardo Molinari), Alison Campbell (Darren Clarke), Sanna Hanson (Peter Hanson) and Jo Fisher (Ross Fisher) prior to the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

The European Team's wives and girlfriends pose together: (L-R) Front Row, Laurae Westwood (Lee Westwood), Holly Sweeney (Rory McIlroy), Valentina Molinari (Francesco Molinari), Gaynor Montgomerie (Colin Montgomerie), Diane Donald (Luke Donald), Allison Micheletti (Martin Kaymer), Marian Jimenez (Miguel Angel Jimenez), Back row Alison McGinley (Paul McGinley), Caroline Harrington (Padraig Harrington), Pernilla Bjorn (Thomas Bjorn), Katie Poulter (Ian Poulter), Anna Roscio (Edoardo Molinari), Alison Campbell (Darren Clarke), Sanna Hanson (Peter Hanson) and Jo Fisher (Ross Fisher) prior to the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

(L-R)  Lisa Pavin, Amy Mickelson, Kandi Harris girlfriend of Hunter Mahan and Angie Watson girlfriend of Bubba Watson stand during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

(L-R) Lisa Pavin, Amy Mickelson, Kandi Harris girlfriend of Hunter Mahan and Angie Watson girlfriend of Bubba Watson stand during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Sam Greenwood

Team Captain of the USA Corey Pavin (R) and Wife Lisa, and Colin Montgomerie of Europe and Wife Gaynor lead out the players and their wives and girlfriends during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Team Captain of the USA Corey Pavin (R) and Wife Lisa, and Colin Montgomerie of Europe and Wife Gaynor lead out the players and their wives and girlfriends during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andy Lyons

USA Team Captain Corey Pavin shakes hands with Stewart Cink during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

USA Team Captain Corey Pavin shakes hands with Stewart Cink during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andrew Redington

Stewart Cink of the USA reacts after Team Captain Corey Pavin forgets to announce him during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Stewart Cink of the USA reacts after Team Captain Corey Pavin forgets to announce him during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andy Lyons

Graeme McDowell of Europe plays a bunker shot during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Graeme McDowell of Europe plays a bunker shot during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andrew Redington

Graeme McDowell of Europe walks across a green during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Graeme McDowell of Europe walks across a green during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andrew Redington

Vice Captains Sergio Garcia (L) and Darren Clarke chat together during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Vice Captains Sergio Garcia (L) and Darren Clarke chat together during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ross Kinnaird

Europe Team members Rory McIlroy (R) and Miguel Angel Jimenez walk off a tee box during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Europe Team members Rory McIlroy (R) and Miguel Angel Jimenez walk off a tee box during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ross Kinnaird

Graeme McDowell (L) of Europe walks with team mate Padraig Harrington during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Graeme McDowell (L) of Europe walks with team mate Padraig Harrington during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andrew Redington

Rory McIlroy's fans during a practice round at Celtic Manor, Newport

Rory McIlroy's fans during a practice round at Celtic Manor, Newport

Rui Vieira

Team Captain of the USA Corey Pavin (R) and Wife Lisa, and Colin Montgomerie of Europe and Wife Gaynor lead out the players and their wives and girlfriends during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Team Captain of the USA Corey Pavin (R) and Wife Lisa, and Colin Montgomerie of Europe and Wife Gaynor lead out the players and their wives and girlfriends during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andy Lyons

Team Captain Colin Montgomerie of Europe and Wife Gaynor stand together during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Team Captain Colin Montgomerie of Europe and Wife Gaynor stand together during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Team Captain of the USA Corey Pavin and Wife Lisa stand together during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Team Captain of the USA Corey Pavin and Wife Lisa stand together during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Sam Greenwood

Amy and Phil Mickelson walk together during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Amy and Phil Mickelson walk together during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Sam Greenwood

Team Captain of the USA Corey Pavin (R) and Wife Lisa and Colin Montgomerie of Europe and Wife Gaynor lead out the players and their wives and girlfriends during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Team Captain of the USA Corey Pavin (R) and Wife Lisa and Colin Montgomerie of Europe and Wife Gaynor lead out the players and their wives and girlfriends during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ross Kinnaird

Amy and Phil Mickelson walk together during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Amy and Phil Mickelson walk together during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andrew Redington

Amy Mickelson waves during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Amy Mickelson waves during the Opening Ceremony prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 30, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ross Kinnaird

Luke Donald and Diane Donald attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Luke Donald and Diane Donald attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

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Martin Kaymer and partner Allison Michelett attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Martin Kaymer and partner Allison Michelett attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

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Lee Westwood and Laurae Westwood attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Lee Westwood and Laurae Westwood attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

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Padraig Harrington and Caroline Harrington attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Padraig Harrington and Caroline Harrington attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

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Ross Fisher and Joanne Fisher attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Ross Fisher and Joanne Fisher attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

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American Ryder Cup Team Captain Corey Pavin (C) poses with America team wives as they attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

American Ryder Cup Team Captain Corey Pavin (C) poses with America team wives as they attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

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Edoardo Molinari and partner Anna Roscio attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Edoardo Molinari and partner Anna Roscio attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets the wives and girlfriends of the European team at the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets the wives and girlfriends of the European team at the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

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Holly Sweeney and Rory McIlroy attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Holly Sweeney and Rory McIlroy attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

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Corey Pavin and his wife Lisa Pavin, along with members of the United States Ryder Cup team, walk onstage during Welcome To Wales at Millennium Stadium on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Corey Pavin and his wife Lisa Pavin, along with members of the United States Ryder Cup team, walk onstage during Welcome To Wales at Millennium Stadium on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Eamonn McCormack

Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy Mickelson, along with members of the United States Ryder Cup team, walk onstage during Welcome To Wales at Millennium Stadium on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy Mickelson, along with members of the United States Ryder Cup team, walk onstage during Welcome To Wales at Millennium Stadium on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Eamonn McCormack

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and his wife Gaynor Montgomerie arriving at the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and his wife Gaynor Montgomerie arriving at the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Andrew Redington

Phil Mickelson of the USA with his wife Amy Mickelson during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Phil Mickelson of the USA with his wife Amy Mickelson during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

David Cannon

United States Team captain Corey Pavin with his wife Lisa Pavin during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

United States Team captain Corey Pavin with his wife Lisa Pavin during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

David Cannon

Ryder Cup: European Team wives and girlfriends

Ryder Cup: European Team wives and girlfriends

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Thomas Bjorn poses with his wife Pernilla prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Thomas Bjorn poses with his wife Pernilla prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Paul McGinley poses with his wife Alison prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Paul McGinley poses with his wife Alison prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Ross Fisher of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Jo prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ross Fisher of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Jo prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Francesco Molinari of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Valentina prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Francesco Molinari of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Valentina prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Rory McIlroy of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his partner Holly Sweeney prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Rory McIlroy of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his partner Holly Sweeney prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Luke Donald of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Diane prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Luke Donald of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Diane prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Miguel Angel Jimenez of the European Ryder Cup poses with partner Marian Jimenez prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Miguel Angel Jimenez of the European Ryder Cup poses with partner Marian Jimenez prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

European Ryder Cup team captain Colin Montgomerie poses with his wige Gaynor prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

European Ryder Cup team captain Colin Montgomerie poses with his wige Gaynor prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Martin Kaymer of the European Ryder Cup team poses with partner Allison Micheletti prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Martin Kaymer of the European Ryder Cup team poses with partner Allison Micheletti prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Martin Kaymer of the European Ryder Cup team poses with partner Allison Micheletti prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Martin Kaymer of the European Ryder Cup team poses with partner Allison Micheletti prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

The wives and partners of the European Ryder Cup team members pose prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

The wives and partners of the European Ryder Cup team members pose prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Padraig Harrington of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Caroline prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Padraig Harrington of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Caroline prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

The wives and partners of the European Ryder Cup team members pose prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

The wives and partners of the European Ryder Cup team members pose prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Paul McGinley poses with his wife Alison prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Paul McGinley poses with his wife Alison prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Darren Clarke poses with his partner Alison Campbell prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Darren Clarke poses with his partner Alison Campbell prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Rory McIlroy poses with Holly Sweeney prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010

Rory McIlroy poses with Holly Sweeney prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010

David Cannon

Amy Mickelson, wife of Phil Mickelson arrives during the Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

Amy Mickelson, wife of Phil Mickelson arrives during the Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

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Ian Poulter and Katie Poulter attend the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle, on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Intriguing matches expected as tournament finally gets underway

LEE WESTWOOD and MARTIN KAYMER v PHIL MICKELSON and DUSTIN JOHNSON

Europe's two highest-ranked players — Westwood is third in the world and Kaymer sixth — have been paired together in the opening game. Westwood, winning his seventh cap, has not played competitively since August 6 because of a torn calf. Uncapped Kaymer, only the second German to represent Europe, has won his last two tournaments, including the USPGA.

Mickelson, going out first just as he did two years ago (in Tiger Woods' absence, of course), 2004 (with Woods), 1999 and 1997, equals the American record with his eighth cap.

Johnson, who broke the head of his driver in yesterday's practice, is his 12th partner.

GRAEME McDOWELL and RORY McILROY v STEWART CINK and MATT KUCHAR

Not out first, as most would have predicted, but still together — US Open champion McDowell on the course where he won the Wales Open in June and 21-year-old fellow Ulsterman McIlroy.

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They won three out of four together for Great Britain and Ireland last year, all at the top of the order, and now McIlroy becomes the youngest player in the match since 19-year-old Sergio Garcia in 1999. Cink, last year's Open champion, is a wild card pick for the third time in four matches. Kuchar is one of five debutants.

IAN POULTER and ROSS FISHER v STEVE STRICKER and TIGER WOODS

Poulter and the uncapped Fisher currently hold golf's two World Match Play titles and were partners at the World Cup last November.

Two years ago Poulter top-scored with four points out of five, three of them with Justin Rose alongside him.

Stricker becomes the 12th partner for Woods in Ryder Cup history and form a formidable partnership. They won four points of four at the Presidents Cup and are currently ranked first and fourth in the world.

Woods played the first shot of the match on his last appearance four years ago — but hooked it into water. At least there is no lake to find this time.

PADRAIG HARRINGTON and LUKE DONALD v BUBBA WATSON and JEFF OVERTON

Harrington has not won any of his last nine games, but having been given a wild card ahead of Paul Casey and Justin Rose the three-time major winner was always likely to start.

The same goes for Donald after his second place in America last weekend — even though he was omitted from three out of four fourball sessions in his two matches. Big-hitting Watson and Overton, who qualified despite not winning a tournament, are both cup rookies. Watson is the player who lost a play-off to Martin Kaymer at the US PGA Championship.


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