Finau hits first tee shot to open 42nd Ryder Cup

Tony Finau (AP)
Tony Finau (AP)

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - American Tony Finau hit the opening tee shot to begin the 42nd Ryder Cup on Friday as the United States launched their quest for a first win on European soil in 25 years.

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More than 7 000 spectators at Le Golf National jammed into the largest first-tee grandstand in Ryder Cup history, cheering and screaming to produce a roar unique to the emotional atmosphere of the biennial team golf showdown.

Four morning four-ball matches were set to be followed by four afternoon foursomes matches on Friday and Saturday with 12 concluding singles matches Sunday.

Tiger Woods, the 14-time major champion and top attraction in the three-day event, was set to join Patrick Reed, known for shushing opposing fans as they taunt him, in the final four-ball match against reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy and England's Tommy Fleetwood, one of four rookies for Europe in the opening session.

Schedule for the 42nd Ryder Cup matches between Europe and the United States that start Friday at Le Golf National:

All SA times

Friday 

Fourballs (best ball)

08:10 - Justin Rose/Jon Rahm (Europe) v Brooks Koepka/Tony Finau (USA)

08:25 - Rory McIlroy/Thorbjorn Olesen (Europe) v Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

08:40 - Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton (Europe) v Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

08:55 - Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) v Patrick Reed/Tiger Woods (USA)

From 13:50 - Four foursomes (alternate shot) matches

Saturday

From 08:10 - Four fourball matches

From 13:50 - Four foursomes matches

Sunday

From 12:05 - 12 singles matches

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