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GOLF's greatest competition is back – the Ryder Cup starts TODAY!

Originally slated for last year, the bi-annual event pits the best golfers from either side of the pond against each other in a bruising weekend of competition.

Over the course of three pulsating days, thousands of fans will take to the fairways to cheer on their heroes over 18 holes.

The teams are confirmed, the stage is set – now it's over to the players to provide another memorable tournament.

  • Start time: 12.45pm BST/7.45am ET
  • UK TV channel/live stream: Sky Sports Ryder Cup/NOW TV
  • US TV channel: NBC Golf and NBC

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  • Kealan Hughes

    THE WOLF OF WHISTLING STRAITS

    Team USA rookie Harris English heads to Whistling Straits this week for his very first Ryder Cup appearance, however it is his caddie Eric Larson who is stealing plenty of the headlines after his astonishing past was uncovered.

    Ahead of the Ryder Cup, it has been revealed that Larson had previously spent ten years locked up in prison, after he was arrested in 2005 for dealing cocaine across state lines.

    Larson was then sentenced to 13 years behind bars – but only served 10 – while he was fined £20,000 and ordered to serve five years probation following his release.

    What’s more, the now Ryder Cup caddie spent his jail time with one of America’s most recognised criminals in Jordan Belfort – also known as the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'IT'S A BIG HONOUR'

    No pairing in Ryder Cup history has come close to matching that of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal.

    But Europe are hoping there will be echoes of their countrymen for Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.

    Ballesteros and Olazabal won 12 points across 15 foursome and fourball matches during their Ryder Cup tenure, more than double the next highest points tally by any other pairing in the cup’s history.

    But Rahm is feeling confident and has shared his pride at being picked alongside Garcia.

    He said: "It’s a big honour. It means the captain has faith in me and who I am partnered with.

    “There is nothing better than to be paired with my friend. Spanish legacy is deep in the Ryder Cup and I’m hoping we can start a new tradition."

  • Kealan Hughes

    SON OF A GUN

    Bryson Dechambeau channelled his inner Happy Gilmore after driving his tee shot 350 yards during practice.

    And the 28-year-old also sent the home fans wild at Whistling Straits on Thursday after firing a T-Shirt cannon into the crowd.

    Team USA posted footage of DeChambeau revving up the supporters, as they labelled him as the 'ultimate showman'.

    In the clip, the 2020 US Open champion can be seen getting the fans riled up by performing Gilmore's 'Bull Dance' from the hit film, before launching T-Shirts into those in the stands.

    And he then lived up his reputation from the tee as he hammered his drive over 350 yards as it rolled up to just before the green.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'IT'S A LOT OF FUN'

    Brooks Koepka has rejected reports that he dislikes the Ryder Cup and other team events in golf.

    Golf Digest reported that Koepka had said that team sports were ‘not in his DNA’ and that the Ryder Cup interrupted his usual tournament preparations.

    However Koepka believes the comments were misinterpreted.

    He said: "I never said it was negative. Y'all spun it that way. I said it was different. Like I said, I've never played any of these team events. I didn't play Walker Cup. Never played Junior Ryder Cup. Never played anything. I just said it's different. That doesn't mean it's bad.

    "It's a lot of fun to play. I wouldn't be nervous on the first tee if I didn't care.

    "I can only do my job and then y'all report whatever your opinion or side might be."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'VERY STRONG'

    Padraig Harrington has every faith in his team to deliver and believes the balance Team Europe possess could give them an advantage.

    He also did not rule out some members of his team playing five matches this weekend.

    "This is an interesting team for Europe it's very strong and balanced all the way through.

    "Foursomes wise it's very balanced and clearly in fourball.

    "The players are comfortable knowing when and where they're going to play and they've responded very nicely to that.

    "Yes, absolutely [some players could play five matches]. You get a guy out there winning…it is a possibility players will play five times.

    " It wouldn't be off the cards, maybe in an ideal world you wouldn't do that."

  • Kealan Hughes

    PLAYING DOWN RIVALRY

    Ryder Cup star Brooks Koepka has responded to a clip of his chat with Bryson DeChambeau.

    The Team USA teammates, who have a frosty relationship, were filmed talking to one another during the build-up to the 43rd edition of the prestigious event, which was posted on the Ryder Cup USA's official Twitter account.

    The 31-year-old saw the post and responded: “Nothing to see here, teammates talk @b_dechambeau #GoUSA.”

    And earlier in the week Koepka told the press: "A lot of this social media stuff has definitely been driven by a lot of external factors, not necessarily us two.

    We had some great conversations during Tour Championship week when we had dinner.

    "Then this week I sat down and had dinner with him last night, and it was fine.

    “I think there may be something fun coming up here moving forward, but won't speak too much more on that."

  • Kealan Hughes

    FUN RYDE

    Paige Spiranac wanted US captain Steve Stricker to pair rivals Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau together at the Ryder Cup.

    The ex-professional golfer and social media star, 28, believes the two major winners would have been 'unstoppable' together at Whistling Straits.

    Spiranac tweeted: "Bryson/Brooks would be an unstoppable team. Pair them together. It’s what we all want."

    Koepka, 31, and DeChambeau, 28, share one of golf's fiercest rivalries after emerging as two of the sport's most prolific winners.

    The feud began in 2018 when Koepka criticised his fellow American for taking his time in between shots, claiming it 'drives me nuts'.

    DeChambeau then questioned his rival's physique, to which Koepka responded by sharing a picture of his four major titles.

  • Kealan Hughes

    READY TO RAHMBLE

    World No 1 Rahm says he recognises his duty to live up to his ranking and emerge as the man Europe can rally around.

    The Spaniard grew up worshipping Seve Ballesteros – but revealed Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie was another of his favourite players growing up, and he would love to set the tone for Europe the way he did.

    Rahm said: “Am I expected to be one of the team leaders this week? What kind of a player would I be if I say no? Right.

    “So yes, yes, I'm ready for that. It's a challenge I look forward to. Obviously there's a lot of players in our team that have a lot of experience and know how to get it done. I'm ready to add my name into that group.

    “And being world No 1 can go two ways – either it brings pressure, or it lifts you. And in my case, it brings a bit of added confidence, in the sense that I know what I'm capable of.

    "But I’m not the type to deliver big speeches. We have plenty of players in the team that are vocal enough, and who have done this enough, to be the guys others will naturally gravitate towards for guidance."

  • Gary Stonehouse

    THE LONG WAIT IS OVER…

    Europe are aiming to spank the Yanks in Wisconsin after they left them embarrassed in Paris three years ago.

    And Euro star Rory McIlroy believes victory would not only be a "monumental achievement" but "more meaningful" in the backyard of strong favourites USA.

    With foursomes launching the event at around 1.05pm today (UK time), Padraig Harrington's men are chasing an eighth victory in the past ten meetings, having won 17½-10½ in France in 2018.

    Northern Ireland hero McIlroy said: "I think winning any Ryder Cup is huge… but winning a Ryder Cup on the road has become more meaningful.

    "We're coming in here as underdogs with a lot of things stacked against us, so I think that would make it even more of an achievement."

    Up to 40,000 home fans are expected on each of the three days at Whistling Straits for an event delayed by coronavirus from last year

    And US skipper Steve Stricker said: "It's not just Wisconsin but the whole country is showing up.

    "It's been a long time waiting and everybody is excited to get this thing going."

    The Yanks look stronger individually but Europe have the world No1 in Jon Rahm.

    And the Spaniard said: "Obviously there’s a lot of players in our team that have a lot of experience and know how to get it done. I’m ready to add my name into that group.

    “And being world No 1 can go two ways – either it brings pressure, or it lifts you. And in my case, it brings a bit of added confidence, in the sense that I know what I’m capable of."

  • Ian Tuckey

    RAHM TO OPEN WITH GARCIA

    Europe's world No1 Joe Rahm will be straight into the action in the opening foursomes match today, partnered by fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

    hey will do battle with the formidable duo of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, who won three of their four matches together in Paris.

    Viktor Hovland will make his eagerly-awaited debut alongside Paul Casey, taking on Open champion Collin Morikawa and former world No 1 Dustin Johnson.

    They will be followed by the all-English pairing of Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick – up against Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger – with Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter in the anchor match, facing Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GIVING HIS HEART AND POUL

    Marching down fairways, big drives, sinking putts — and of course those eye-popping, chest-thumping celebrations, writes DAVID FACEY.

    We can expect more of the same from Ian Poulter, Mr Ryder Cup, in European colours.

    But as he prepares for another superhuman effort, Poulter, 45, said it all reduces him to a “physical wreck” for weeks after the incredible event.

    Europe’s Postman — because he always delivers — provided a fascinating insight into just how much his Ryder Cup heroics take out of him.

    Win, lose, or draw, this is what lies ahead for him once he returns from Whistling Straits.

    Poulter said: “After each one I play in, I am a physical wreck for three weeks afterwards.

    “Emotionally, mentally, these are the most incredible three days to play through. I can’t get out of bed. I’m spent. I’ll have cold sores, look and feel a total mess. My body will have had enough.

    “I might look like I have all the energy in the world on Sunday afternoons, when the singles are on. But by the following Tuesday I am a shell of a man. I’ve given my all.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    THE TENSION BUILDS…

    Ryder Cup chiefs are counting down the final 24 hours before the Wisconsin event tees off to "full" stands.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WE WANT TO MAKE STRICKER CRY

    US great Brooks Koepka is aiming to make emotional Yank captain Steve Stricker cry.

    Four-time major winner Koepka believes Stricker blubbing would be the ultimate sign of JOY – signalling victory over Europe.

    Koepka said: "It would be nice to see him cry.

    "That would be awesome just because I know how much time he has put in.

    "It's at least 18 months of hard work, growing up in Wisconsin, there are a lot of things coming together which would be the perfect storm if we were to win and I think everyone knows that."

  • Ian Tuckey

    WE'LL SMACKER THE USA

    Single Ryder Cup star Viktor Hovland was all smiles as two of his team-mates’ partners hopped in for a photo.

    Team Europe’s golf stars and their partners were out in force for Wednesday night’s Gala Dinner at The American Club in Wisconsin.

    Captain Padraig Harrington was joined by his players and their Wags ahead of Friday’s opening matches at the 43rd Ryder Cup.

    Unfortunately for single Pringle Hovland, he didn’t have a someone by his side to attend the fancy Gala Dinner.

    But when it came to taking photos, his team-mates’ partners were not letting him stand alone.

    Sergio Garcia’s wife Angela Akins and Henrik Stenson’s wife Emma Lofgren posed for a photo pretending to give the 24-year-old a kiss on the cheek.

    And Hovland had a big, beaming smile as the snap was taken.

    Team Europe lost the last time they were on American soil fighting it out for the prestigious trophy.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WESTWOOD LIFE

    Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter has trolled five of Europe's stars – by asking for boyband name suggestions after they posed together in suits and open-neck shirts.

  • Ian Tuckey

    I'LL FACE 'EM STRAIT IN THE EYE

    Tyrrell Hatton says the Whistling Straits crowds hold no fear for him – because no fans could ever be harder on him than he is himself, writes DAVID FACEY.

    The English golfer has earned the nickname of ‘Hothead Hatton’ because of his frequent on course explosions.

    But Hatton pointed out they are always directed at himself, usually for hitting poor shots.

    And he said he cannot afford any tantrums this week, because of the potential effect it could have on his Ryder Cup partners.

    Hatton explained: “It’s probably true to say no-one in the crowd could ever say anything worse to me that I’ve said myself.

    “I'm not sure exactly what kind of reception once the matches start. As the away team, I think we all expect a little bit of stick – and not too many cheers!

    “But we’ll all take it in our stride and see how we go. And personally, I can't really get down on myself this week, because it's not fair on your partner. 

    “You don't want to potentially bring them down too. And that's not what we're about. That's not what you do as a team. You're in it together.

    “Obviously you support one another and go out there and try and play as well as you can. But that bond between you in foursomes and fourballs is absolutely essential.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    HARRY POTTER STAR CARRIED OFF COURSE ILL

    Harry Potter actor Tom Felton was taken off the Ryder Cup golf course on a stretcher on Thursday afternoon.

    Felton, 34, was escorted away from the course in a buggy but was conscious.

    His current condition is not known, nor is the reason why Felton required medical attention.

    But spectators gathering to watch gave the actor a warm applause as he headed away to receive more treatment.

    Felton was competing for Europe in the six a side Ryder Cup Celebrity Match, which is now a traditional curtain-raiser for the real thing.

    That included an excellent drive off the first tee, with Felton proving popular amongst the Wisconsin crowd.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RAHMED AND DANGEROUS

    World No1 Jon Rahm promised to be a "leader" for Europe this weekend – but says his ego is not big enough to deliver "big speeches".

    But the Spaniard believes being the globe's top-ranked player could have positive OR negative effects on his game against the USA in the Ryder Cup,

    The 26-year-old said: “Am I expected to be one of the team leaders this week? What kind of a player would I say if I say no? Right. 

    “So yes, yes, I'm ready for that. It's a challenge I look forward to.

    "Obviously there's a lot of players in our team that have a lot of experience and know how to get it done. I'm ready to add my name into that group.

    “And being world No 1 can go two ways – either it brings pressure, or it lifts you. And in my case, it brings a bit of added confidence, in the sense that I know what I'm capable of.

    “I also won my first Major this year, over a tough set-up at the US Open. So that gives me confidence too.

    “But I’m not the type to deliver big speeches. We have plenty of players in the team that are vocal enough, and who have done this enough, to be the guys others will naturally gravitate towards for guidance. 

    “I'm not going to actively go and say, hey everyone, I'm a leader now, because I don't have that massive of an ego. "

  • Ian Tuckey

    SECRET BANTER BOOSTS EURO STARS

    Paul Casey reckons Europe's ‘secret’ WhatsApp group has boosted their team spirit.

    He said: Casey said: “It's so important to develop that unity, so we even have a little social messaging platform that we use. It’s highly encrypted – nobody can hack it. 

    Credit: AP

    “We're on there every day 12 of us and then the captain, and as well as poking fun at each other we're on there every day just giving each other belief.

    “Some of the best mates I've ever made have been at Ryder Cups, you get to know guys so well, so I think we're pretty bulletproof as a team in terms of unity and how much we're behind each other. I think that goes a long way.”

    “Does that overcome how good the American guys are? I don't know. Yet.

    "The one unknown this year that we've never had to face before is the fact that a massive majority of that crowd is going to be American, with the travel restrictions from Europe. 

    “I think the away fans usually make up 10-15 per cent of the crowd – and a few thousand European fans can be quite noisy.

    “But I think it's going to be 42,000 fans. I mean how many are going to be European? Probably just a handful I imagine. That’s something else we have to be ready for, and to overcome.”

    Credit: EPA
  • Ian Tuckey

    RORY: WINNING AWAY 'MORE MEANINGFUL'

    Rory McIlroy says winning the Ryder Cup is always an iconic moment – but it's "more meaningful" doing it in the Yanks' backyard.

    Europe are in Wisconsin targeting an eighth win in ten Ryder Cups after regaining the crown last time out at Le Golf National in 2018, triumphing 17½-10½.

    McIlroy describes winning the event as "huge and it's a monumental achievement for all that are involved".

    And the BBC quote him as adding: "But winning a Ryder Cup on the road has become more meaningful.

    "We're coming in here as underdogs with a lot of things stacked against us, so I think that would make it even more of an achievement."

  • Ian Tuckey

    XANDER'S CHARM OFFENSIVE

    US star Xander Schauffele has identified an unusual lucky charm for the Ryder Cup, starting tomorrow.

  • Ian Tuckey

    VIKTORY KISS

    Single Ryder Cup star Viktor Hovland was all smiles as two of his team-mates' partners hopped in for a photo.

    Team Europe's golf stars and their partners were out in force for Wednesday night's Gala Dinner at The American Club in Wisconsin.

    Captain Padraig Harrington was joined by his players and their Wags ahead of Friday's opening matches at the 43rd Ryder Cup.

    Unfortunately for single Pringle Hovland, he didn't have a someone by his side to attend the fancy Gala Dinner.

    But when it came to taking photos, his team-mates' partners were not letting him stand alone.

    Sergio Garcia's wife Angela Akins and Henrik Stenson’s wife Emma Lofgren posed for a photo pretending to give the 24-year-old a kiss on the cheek.

    And Hovland had a big, beaming smile as the snap was taken.

    Team Europe lost the last time they were on American soil fighting it out for the prestigious trophy.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BE PRE-PAIRED

    Team USA captain Steve Stricker has confirmed he told his team on Monday their Ryder Cup pairings.

    He said: “We went over this on Monday. I wanted the guys to know what the plan was for Friday on Monday so we can prepare that way.

    “I think that’s something that in previous teams that I’ve learned, the communication part, getting guys to understand their position and their roles.

    "So we’ve taken a lot of time and energy in trying to talk to these guys and define both their roles and tell them what we expect from them and what they expect from us.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    WILL THEY BE GOAT'S CHEESE?

    Europe's Ryder Cup hopefuls have laid on the charm in Wisconsin – by wearing cheese heads to match the colours of local gridiron team the Green Bay Packers.

    But they might have to prove themselves one of the strongest teams in the competition's history to overcome a powerful USA line-up.

    But it should be another tight contest – certainly not a feta complis.

  • Ian Tuckey

    IT'S AN EASY RYDER TO UNDERSTAND…

    If you’re not quite sure on just how the Ryder Cup works, then here’s a helpful reminder courtesy of SunSport.

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