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Lee Westwood of Europe watches his tee shot on the first hole on the first day of play at the 39th Ryder Cup.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Cannon / Getty Images

Fans of the European team wear their loyalties on their heads while watching the morning foursome matches.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Phil Mickelson of the United States hits an iron shot on the fifth hole.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images

A fan receives medical attention after being struck in the head with a ball hit by Tiger Woods on the seventh hole.


Francesco Molinari and Lee Westwood of Europe walk off the first tee as their match against Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson of the U.S. gets underway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Lyons / Getty Images

Brandt Snedeker of the U.S. agonizes after missing a putt on the 12th hole as Europe's Rory McIlroy gets ready for his turn.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Keegan Bradley celebrates after sinking a putt to win a hole as he and teammate Phil Mickelson defeated the European pair of Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia, 4 and 3.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

A European fan roams the grounds at Medinah Country Club.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Rory McIlroy, right, celebrates with teammate Graeme McDowell after chipping in to win the fourth hole for the European duo against Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Uncle Sam joined the gallery on the fifth hole.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press

Francesco Molinari of Europe sinks a putt on the fifth green as Lee Westwood stands by.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Redington / Getty Images

Keegan Bradley congratulates Phil Mickelson, right, after Mickelson made a putt to win the 13th hole against Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia. The U.S. team won four consecutive holes to seal a 4-and-3 victory.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Luke Donald of Europe watches as his putt misses the cup on the ninth hole.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images

Phil Mickelson gets a running start to his next shot after teeing off on the second hole.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

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The 39th Ryder Cup: U.S. vs. Europe at Medinah Country Club

The 39th Ryder Cup is underway at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago.

In Friday’s opening match, Rory McIlroy was paired with Graeme McDowell for the European team against newly crowned FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker — a Ryder Cup neophyte — and Jim Furyk for the U.S.

Two other U.S. rookies were slated for the opening session of alternate-shot foursomes. Keegan Bradley teamed with Phil Mickelson against Europe’s Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald. Jason Dufner was next, paired with Zach Johnson, against Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari for Europe. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were slotted for the anchor match against the British duo of Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

In four of the last five Ryder Cups, the team that won the opening session wound up taking home the trophy.

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