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  • 5UP Stenson/Rose vs Johnson/Fowler  (11)
  • 2UP McIlroy/Poulter vs Watson/Simpson (10)
  • 6UP Garcia/Noren vs Mickelson/DeChambeau (8)
  • 3UP Molinari/Fleetwood vs Thomas/Spieth (7)

EUROPE 1-3 USA

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2UP McIlroy/Poulter vs Watson/Simpson (9)

15:20: Hello! Poulter looks extremely pleased with himself having stuck the tricky par-three eleventh. But Bubba Watson loops an even better one that stops dead to leave Simpson a simple tap-in. Sniff of a comeback?

5UP Stenson/Rose vs Johnson/Fowler (10)

15:13: Slow down, lads! I can’t keep up! I’ve never seen a leaderboard like this. Europe are absolutely dominating Team USA right now. I think we could be on for an early pint…

4UP Stenson/Rose vs Johnson/Fowler (10)

15:10: Look, when you’re hot – you’re hot, and Justin Rose is on fire! The Olympic champion sets Stenson up nicely on the 10th but the Swede slides it wide. No bother though because DJ misses. Again.

6UP Garcia/Noren vs Mickelson/DeChambeau (8)

15:09: Alex Noren is rather enjoying his first taste of Ryder Cup golf. “What’s all the fuss about?” he says. Not really but he might as well because he and Sergio Garcia are now 6UP on Mickelson and DeChambeau.

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I’m ready, says Woods

15:06: Tiger Woods insisted there was not much wrong with his game despite his underwhelming first morning and would be ready to return whenever Jim Furyk wanted.

He said: “I’m not going to work on anything. My game is fine. I was hammering it, the ball was going far, it was going straight, but it was not cutting.

“I can accept that, that’s really no big deal. My putting feels solid. I’ll be ready come tomorrow whenever captain puts me out.”

2UP McIlroy/Poulter vs Watson/Simpson (9)

15:05: McIlroy and Poulter win a fourth successive hole. It’s just self-destruction from the American pair as Simpson’s wayward tee-shot leaves Bubba hacking from the rough.

5UP Garcia/Noren vs Mickelson/DeChambeau (7)

15:00: Americans hate foursomes. That’s what I’ve concluded. The same happened in Hazeltine two years ago and it’s happened again today. Mickelson and Dechambeau are falling apart and Garcia and Noren are only too happy to pick up the pieces.

Garcia curls in a 15-foot right-to-left putt on 7.

3UP Molinari/Fleetwood vs Thomas/Spieth (6)

14:56: “Oh Tommy, Tommy,” sing the European supporters who are staggered to see Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari take a three-shot lead over Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. The latter, who couldn’t miss earlier this morning, leaves it well short before Fleetwood edges it in the cup.

1UP McIlroy/Poulter vs Watson/Simpson (8)

14:52: Scenes as McIlroy and Poulter turn this match on its head with a three-shot swing! Fans are going crazy as Team USA toil and struggle to keep pace. Bubba Watson isn’t enjoying the conditions and DeChambeau is a DeShambles… I’ll see myself out.

4UP Garcia/Noren vs Mickelson/DeChambeau (6)

14:50: It’s a sea of blue as Europe continue to dominate the foursomes! Dechambeau needs to hole an eight-footer to halve the hole but he’s sent it wide gifting Garcia and Noren a four-shot lead!

2UP Molinari/Fleetwood vs Thomas/Spieth (5)

14:48: Thomas, who’s really struggled on the greens today, misses a difficult 17-footer for a par at the fifth shortly after Fleetwood rolled one in from a further distance. That’s a two-shot lead for the ‘lads’.

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Koepka feels ‘terrible’

14:45: It’s not something we were hoping to have to discuss, but I thought I’d mention that Brooks Koepka admitted feeling “terrible” after a female spectator was hit by his wayward tee shot.

The spectator, who has not been named, was pictured on the ground following the accident on the par-four sixth hole at Le Golf National in Paris.

She was attended to by officials before being taken away for further treatment. A Ryder Cup spokesperson said: “She has been taken to the hospital as a precaution but doctors have confirmed the injury is not serious.”

“I haven’t gotten an update,” Koepka, 28, said. “I actually just asked in the locker room and nobody knew. I obviously saw her. It looked like it hurt. She was bleeding pretty good. It looked like it hit her right in the eye, so hopefully there’s no, you know, loss of vision or anything like that.”

AS McIlroy/Poulter vs Watson/Simpson AS (6)

14:34: McIlroy and Poulter level! It was looking bleak early doors but the dynamic duo have hit back. Webb Simpson has 12 feet to make a putt to halve the hole but he’s missed.

3UP Stenson/Rose vs Johnson/Fowler (7)

14:30: Glorious response from Justin Rose, who chips from down the hill over an awkward ridge to lay-up two-feet away from the eighth. I say response because Rickie Fowler struck a beautiful approach shot that DJ should tuck away.

He doesn’t! Goodness me, I don’t know how the top ranked player on the planet misses from there. Stenson finishes to halve the hole… somehow!

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Andrew: Bryson Dechambeau wasn’t born the last time America won the Ryder Cup on European soil. I wonder who we’ll be saying that stat about in 4 years time!?

Michael: One simple rule should be brought in for Golf fans at the course … If you shout ‘Get in the Hole’ .. You should be escorted off the premises & barred for life ..

Daniel: I also love Tommy Fleetwood

We all do, Daniel. We all do.

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3UP Stenson/Rose vs Johnson/Fowler (7)

14:22: Wait, what?! Stenson and Rose are 3UP through 7 and they’ve barely broken sweat against a strangely out-of-sorts American duo. DJ returns the favour from the previous hole by leaving Fowler in the long grass out right. No chance from there and Rose sees it away.

Easy, Easy, Easy!

McIlroy/Poulter vs Watson/Simpson 1UP (6)

14:15: Yes Rory, that’s more like it. He’s rocketed his tee-shot off the sixth par four and left Ian Poulter with an eagle opportunity. Terrible! Poulter barely touches it and now puts pressure on his playing partner to birdie with Simpson only managing par.

Rory is crouching down eyeing this one up… sinks it! The Northern Irishman celebrates by putting his finger to his lips to tell the US fans to quieten down. Cheeky.

1UP Molinari/Fleetwood vs Thomas/Spieth (3)

14:10: Jordan Spieth looks frustrated with himself having severely under-struck his chip from the fringe of the green. That hands Tommy Fleetwood the chance to birdie and put the pressure on Justin Thomas, who is around four-feet away.

A couple of practice putts… it’s travelling… in the hole! Great rhythm, direction and scoreline. Thomas gifts Europe the lead by missing an absolute dolly.

2UP Stenson/Rose vs Johnson/Fowler (6)

14:07: Dustin Johnson won’t be thanking Rickie Fowler for the tee-shot on the sixth. It’s way out to the right with a terrible lie in a muddy patch. Fans part to the left and right for him and he’s left it well short. Decent chance for Rose and Stenson.

I guess you already know what’s happened because of the headline above. Henrik Stenson sticks it away with a niggling left to right from five-feet.

2UP Garcia/Noren vs Mickelson/DeChambeau (3)

14:03: “My auntie Cindy could two-putt from here and she’s got the yips,” says the Sky Sports commentator. DeChambeau leaves it short but the American duo don’t concede and make Noren pay for his dinner. He slots it away at the first time of asking to double Europe’s advantage.

1UP Stenson/Rose vs Johnson/Fowler (5)

13:59: There’s the Rose/Stenson combination we love so dearly. Rose put Johnson and Fowler under pressure at the fifth with a superb pitch that stops dead. Fowler’s putt slides right and Europe are ahead!

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1UP Garcia/Noren vs Mickelson/DeChambeau (2)

13:53: Does anyone understand this Mickelson and DeChambeau partnership? Completely differing styles and it doesn’t look a fruitful combination. Mickelson steps up to the third and sends it plunging into the water. The ball did not pass go and will not collect £200…

1UP Garcia/Noren vs Mickelson/DeChambeau (2)

13:49: Finally some good news! Alex Noren, who lifted the French Open title at Le Golf National in July, rolls back the… months with a two-footer. Some blue on the leaderboard has been all too rare today.

McIlroy/Poulter vs Watson/Simpson 2UP (3)

13:45: No amazing recovery on the par five third for Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy I’m afraid. Simpson sinks an irresistible putt to secure an early two-shot advantage.

McIlroy/Poulter vs Watson/Simpson 1UP (2)

13:43: Oh Poults! That’s the second time in three holes that Poulter has failed to find the fairway with his tee-shot. The only saving grace is that Bubba Watson, who was feeling under the weather on Wednesday, also missed the fairway. Still, it’s a par five and anything could happen.

AS Molinari/Fleetwood vs Thomas/Spieth AS (1)

13:38: So the fourth and final foursome is underway as Jordan Spieth puts his drive in the light rough. No such problems for Molinari, who crushes his down the centre of the fairway. This is my pick of the afternoon clashes – and not just because Tommy Fleetwood is my favourite human.

Garcia/Noren vs Mickelson/DeChambeau

13:30: And I thought Garcia was nervous! DeChambeau makes a real hash of his opening Ryder Cup tee-shot when leaving the ball awkwardly next to the water. That leaves Garcia with the chance for birdie and to win the hole but the ball does a complete 360 degrees before rolling out.

Garcia/Noren vs Mickelson/DeChambeau

13:29: Really nervous start from Sergio Garcia, who could really do with repaying the faith that Thomas Bjorn has shown him. Bjorn courted controversy by selecting the out-of-form Garcia over England’s Matt Wallace, who had won the final qualifying event in front of the captain.

Anyway, this foursome is underway with Garcia nervously addressing the ball before sharply stepping away to change his grip.

McIlroy/Poulter vs Watson/Simpson 1UP (2)

13:25: Big, big shot in the early stages from Poulter. McIlroy leaves him in the left-side bunker and the canny Englishman nearly stuns it in the hole. Watson has the chance to pinch the hole from 25 feet… it’s short. Halved.

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Ready?!

13:20: OK everyone, I’ve eaten my fish and chips and washed it down with a healthy can of Red Bull (my fitness DVD will be out shortly…) and we’re off in the Friday afternoon foursomes. I’ve given y’all a brief explanation of what exactly that is below.

The old dream team of Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose are partnered up against Dustin ‘DJ’ Johnson and Rickie ‘no nickname’ Fowler. The quartet have reached the third hole on level terms.

Fan-favourite Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy have also started their foursome against Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. It’s not such good news for Europe there with the American duo 1UP through one.

Bookies slash odds of US victory

13:17: Europe may have already blown their chances in the Ryder Cup according to the latest odds from SportNation.Bet

The US are now in to as short as 1/4 (from evens) to lift the trophy after just a few hours play, as Europe slide out to 3/1 from 6/5, suggesting they now only have a 25% chance of victory.

Georgia Wilson from SportNation.Bet said :”the betting suggests team Europe are already off the pace after just a few hours play. However, if there’s anyone who knows about a Ryder Cup comeback it’s them, so we don’t rule out the possibility of them defying the odds again.”

What are foursomes and four balls?

13:15: Of the 28 points available over the weekend, eight will be in foursomes and eight will be in fourballs, with a pair from each team playing against each other for the point.

In the foursomes, each pair plays with one ball and the players take it in turns to take shots, with the pair taking the least shots on a hole winning it.

In the fourballs, each player plays their own ball and the lowest score on the hole wins it for their pair.

There are then 12 singles matches which are one-on-one contests with each player playing their own ball.

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3&1 Molinari/Fleetwood vs Reed/Woods

12:50: We’re on the board! Francesco Molinari sinks a third-consecutive birdie, blows a kiss to the crowd and hugs Tommy Fleetwood. They’ve shown real quality, guts and determination this morning against Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed.

2UP Molinari/Fleetwood vs Reed/Woods (16)

12:40: Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood are looking like a good partnership and they’ll need to be with a foursomes pairings against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth later this afternoon. That’s going to be a seriously tasty match.

Anyway, we are in desperate need of maximum points from Fleetwood and Molinari. We should see this out *touches wood* with Tiger and Reed both sending tee-shots wide left.

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Casey/Hatton vs Spieth/Thomas 1UP (18)

12:35: What’s happening up on the 18th then? Well, Casey sends his tee shot on 18 into a bunker so it’s all down to Hatton. He’s 15-feet away. Justin Thomas fires it straight into the water and Spieth finds the green – but surely he’s got no chance from there.

Spieth doesn’t get enough on it and leaves himself with a tricky short one for par.

Now, it’s time for Tyrrell Hatton. This is uphill all the way with a gentle left to right – He needs to be firm with this… Nope! Spieth tucks it away and Team USA lead 3-0 in France!

2UP Molinari/Fleetwood vs Reed/Woods (16)

12:30: Tiger takes a swim on the par-three 16th and the crowd are delirious with excitement. Fleetwood and Molinari are 30 feet left of the flag with the former eyeing up the first attempt.

NAILED IT!!! Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari take a two-shot lead with an awesome 12-footer for birdie. The crowd love that. Woods and Reed have only halve the hole with two left.

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1UP Molinari/Fleetwood vs Reed/Woods (15)

12:25: Boom! Go on the boys! Europe get a much-needed boost as Tommy Fleetwood drains a birdie putt from the fringe at the 15th. Three holes left to protect this lead or, dare I say, extend it?

Casey/Hatton vs Spieth/Thomas 1UP (17)

12:22: Spieth is inches from giving USA a third straight victory but his niggling straight putt veers centimetres right of the hole. Paul Casey holds his nerve to halve the 17th and take this match up the last.

Rose/Rahm vs Koepka/Finau 1UP (18)

12:14: Rahm sets it down on the green but requires and tough 10-footer for par. Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau can’t make birdie but they are close enough should Rahm not do the business.

The crowd goes quiet with the Spaniard standing over it… it’s going… it’s turning… It’s turned too much! Agony. USA grab their seconds points of the day to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Rose/Rahm a/s Koepka/Finau (17)

12:09: DISASTER! Justin Rose has found the drink and Jon Rahm will have to perform a miracle on the 18th hole to precent he United States from taking the full point.

Koepka and Finau sensibly drop it someway short of the pin but they most certainly aren’t going to lose this hole.

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Charlie: Europe already one down and the other three are massively in the balance. If all those three go against us it could almost be curtains before we’ve even got going.

Tom: Dustin Johnson is a major winner and a former world number one and Rickie Fowler is probably the best active player on tour without a major. Rory McIlroy hasn’t been at his best for 4 years and Thorbjorn Olesen is average. Not surprised in the least that the Americans outclassed us in that match!

Paul: People are quick to start criticising and should probably know the facts…. Olesen wasn’t a pick, he qualified. McIlroy looks off his game but will come good this afternoon!

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Rose/Rahm a/s Koepka/Finau (17)

12:03: If Europe are to win this final hole, I don’t think Jon Rahm will be involved. He’s skewed his tee-shot wide right and finds himself in thick grass. He’ll have to chip inside. Justin Rose holds his nerve and sends it straight down the fairway.

Tough match, says Fowler

12:00: I think Rickie Fowler is being fairly generous with his post-round comments.

“If one of us was out of the hole the other guy picked it up,” he told Sky Sports. “We played some solid golf and we knew that was going to be needed against Rory and Thorbjorn. They are great ball strikers and we knew it was going to be a tough match.”

Rose/Rahm a/s Koepka/Finau (17)

11:59: Well, looks like we’re got ourselves a straight shoot-out on the 18th and final hole. None of the quartet can get close enough to birdie on the 17th. Obviously we don’t keep going should we finish level on this final hole. The match will be halved.

Elsewhere…

11:52: Just to bring you up to date with the scores on the boards Justin Thomas did indeed finish the job on the 15th and has given Jordan Spieth and himself a one-shot advantage over Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton with three left to play.

Just Rose, Jon Rahm, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka are all-square with two holes remaining. The same goes for match 4. USA may have got the first points on the board – but anything could happen in the next 30 minutes. Standby.

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McIlroy/Olesen vs D.Johnson/Fowler 4&2

11:48: Game, set and match USA. Justin Johnson and Rickie Fowler ease to a 4&2 victory over an out-of-sorts Rory McIlroy and Thorbjorn Olesen at Le Golf National, former world number one McIlroy remarkably the only player in the opening session not to make a single birdie.

Casey/Hatton a/s Spieth/Thomas (14)

11:45: It’s advantage America on the par three 15th as Jordan Spieth barks “GO, GO, GO,” at his lofted chip. The ball clearly listened because it did indeed GO and stops dead on the green.

McIlroy/Olesen vs D.Johnson/Fowler 3UP (15)

11:44: Points in the bag for Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. They are three ahead with three remaining and now DJ has stuck it inches away from the hole with his tee-shot at the par three 16th. McIlroy can’t respond, and nor can Olesen. This is done early.

Rose/Rahm a/s Koepka/Finau (16)

11:40: We’re all square! Three of the four fourballs are now level as Tony Finau capitalises on his enormous stroke of luck to level with two holes remaining. This would be a miraculous recovery because Rose and Rahm looked really good in the opening nine.

1UP Rose/Rahm vs Koepka/Finau (15)

11:30: Oh you jammy sod! Tony Finau, the man who nearly broke his ankle when sinking a hole-in-one at the Masters, has the biggest stroke of luck you’re likely to see.

His tee-shot at the par-three 16th is heading straight for the water but catches the wood guard and rolls two-feet away from the hole. That’s a hell of a break.

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McIlroy/Olesen vs D.Johnson/Fowler 3UP (14)

11:25: It’s been a really disappointing morning for Rory McIlroy. He’s the only player on the course yet to have registered a birdie. I will be very surprised if the Northern Irishman plays this afternoon.

Fortunately for him rookie Thorbjorn Olesen is starting to show some fight and rattles it straight into the hole to halve the 14th. The duo have four holes remaining and they need to win at least three to finish level.

Back-to-back birdies!

11:20: Fleetwood and Molinari give themselves excellent opportunities to draw level with Reed and Woods on the 12th. Fleetwood can’t convert the 12-footer but Molinari makes it a second birdie on the bounce when draining a little uphiller.

Big money

11:15: Crikey! Apparently £231 is wagered every single second during the Ryder Cup, say bookmakers.tv.

I’ve no idea how they’ve worked this out but during the 6 seconds the players’ drives are airborne (on average), £1000 is wagered; this is set to reach up to £2000 for Tiger Woods.

They suggest that £833,333 will be bet an hour, with an overwhelming 70 percent of bets from British and European fans favouring a win for favourites the USA, leaving bookmakers in fear of an away victory.

Casey/Hatton a/s Spieth/Thomas (13)

11:07: Welcome to the party, Tyrrell! The Paul Casey charge came to an abrupt end when he found the water on the 12th – but up steps Tyrrell Hatton to park it firmly on the green. Justin Thomas fails to convert a birdie putt, as does Jordan Spieth.

Hatton composes himself… it’s there!!! Casey and Hatton win three-consecutive holes to level things up with five holes remaining. He’s bided his time – but what a way to join the party!

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Molinari/Fleetwood vs Reed/Woods 1UP (11)

11:02: Francesco Molinari gets a bear hug from Tommy Fleetwood and sparks a huge roar from the 10th-hole grandstand. He keeps his nerve to roll a 25-footer. Try predicting the results here, I dare you!

McIlroy/Olesen vs D.Johnson/Fowler 3UP (13)

10:58: Chants of “USA, USA, USA,” ring around the course as Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler build a virtually unassailable lead with just five holes remaining. Johnson sends his second at 13 to four feet.

Casey/Hatton vs Spieth/Thomas 1UP (12)

10:55: Good stuff Paul Casey! Having looked dead and buried early with Jordan Spieth on fire – Team Europe have reduced the deficit with two-consecutive birdies from the man whose last appearance came a decade ago at Valhalla in 2008.

Unfortunately, Hatton hasn’t been able to make an impression today. He needs to pull something out the bag if they are to complete a remarkable comeback.

Team USA dominate…

10:50: All of a sudden, it’s looking bleak for Team Europe as Team USA start to dominate the morning fourballs.

Rose and Rahm’s lead was cut to one hole after Koepka’s curling 25-foot birdie putt at the 13th to leave Europe teetering.. Woods and Reed then win their third hole in four to take a two-shot lead against Fleetwood and Molinari.

I’m not saying I would like to hit the panic button – but I think it’s time to hit the damn panic button! In 46 minutes Europe went from 3-1 up to 3-1 down.

McIlroy/Olesen vs D.Johnson/Fowler 2UP (12)

10:43: One step forward, one step back. Rory McIlroy is now two shots behind as Dustin Johnson sinks a right-to-left slider from 20 feet.

Olesen, having driven into the water off the first tee, did the same at the ninth and with McIlroy unable to advance his ball far from deep rough they handed back their newly attained one-hole advantage.

Casey/Hatton v Spieth/Thomas 2UP (11)

10:40: The comeback is on! OK, perhaps not but Jordan Spieth misses birdie from 12 feet and Paul Casey finally takes advantage on the 11th to bring this match back to 2down. Couple more required, lads.

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Molinari/Fleetwood vs Reed/Woods 1UP (9)

10:35: Oh boy, Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods are piling the pressure on Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, who went astray on the par-four 11th. The Southport-born 27-year-old can’t steer it in and Team USA are now winning three of the four matches.

Casey/Hatton v Spieth/Thomas 3UP (10)

10:30: Time is running out for Paul Casey and Tyrell Hatton. They are three behind with eight holes remaining – you can do the maths (or math for our American readers) on that one!

McIlroy/Olesen vs Johnson/Fowler 1UP (11)

10:27: Nearly another turnaround but Thorbjorn Olesen sends his 15-footer racing past the 11th hole. DJ keeps his nerve to protect Team USA’s slender advantage.

2UP Rose/Rahm v Koepka/Finau (12)

10:25: Fireworks! Oh that’s why we love the Ryder Cup. Justin Rose, buried in the rough with a right upslope to the pin, chips it… it’s rolling… it’s rolling… get in! He and partner Jon Rahm chest-bump and USA can’t respond. Their two-shot advantage is restored

1UP Rose/Rahm v Koepka/Finau (11)

10:16: Weather the storm, lads. Weather the Team USA storm. Moments after Johnson and Fowler take the lead – Koepka pulls one back! Rose and Rahm can’t sink medium-distance putts and three-time major winner Koepka does the business.

McIlroy/Olesen vs Johnson/Fowler 1UP (10)

10:13: Wait, what?! Rory McIlroy and Thorbjørn Olesen fall behind in the space of two holes as Johnson and Fowler snatch the 10th as he latter drains his five-footer on 10 for birdie.

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Update…

Latest updates from our man Jack Wilson.

10:05: Brooks Koepka has been left ‘shaken up’ after hitting a Ryder Cup fan in the head with a wayward tee shot.

American Koepka, playing alongside Tony Finau in the first fourballs match of the tournament, was way off the mark with his drive on the fifth.

It struck a female fan in the head and left her with a serious cut above her eye which required medical attention.

The incident left Koepka visibly upset in his match against Justin Rose and Jon Rahm.

“I hate to report this but Brooks is a little shaken up,” one of Sky Sports’ on-course commentators said. “A spectator caught the golf ball. It looks to be right above her eye.”

I’ll keep you updated with any news on the spectator.

2UP Rose/Rahm vs Koepka/Finau (10)

10:00: Boom! Koepka, who’s endured a difficult morning, thinks he’s going to pull one back for captain Jim Furyk after flushing his second on the 10th to within three feet. Rose is at least 15 feet but sinks it to stand the grandstand wild! Koepka takes care of his stroke but the hole is halved.

McIlroy/Olesen a/s D.Johnson/Fowler (9), Molinari/Fleetwood a/s Reed/Woods (8)

09:57: And in the blink of an eye, the blue has been washed off the scoreboard. Tommy Fleetwood couldn’t see off a 10-footer and ‘Captain America’ levels things up.

Shortly before that Fowler, who’s been relatively quiet by his standards, bumps it to within a couple of feet of the hole and Team Europe have to concede. All change please, all change…

FIRST ORDERS

09:55: So they are expecting over 270,000 spectators throughout the weekend at Le Golf National. However, they won’t be able to wet the whistle early doors because they don’t start serving alcohol until 11am! They opened at 8am at Hazeltine two years ago.

1UP McIlroy/Olesen vs D.Johnson/Fowler (8)

09:52: Brutal. Having just got their heads in front – McIlroy and Olesen are in trouble. Olesen is straight the drink off the ninth tee, while not even the strength on McIlroy can get the ball out of the long grass.

Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler have the chance to respond…

1UP Molinari/Fleetwood vs Reed/Woods (4)

09:47: Reed and Woods don’t appreciate trailing so the pair decide to land two perfect lofted chip shots from around 150-yards to give themselves fairly simple birdie opportunities. Molinari can’t angle it close from the rough nor can Tommy. Looks like Team USA will be level shortly.

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1UP McIlroy/Olesen vs D.Johnson/Fowler (8)

09:40: Slight frustration from McIlroy, who allows another birdie opportunity to pass him by. But there’s no miss from rookie Olesen, who sends Europe into the lead! More blue on the scoreboard can’t be a bad thing, but Rory isn’t looking his brilliant best on the greens.

Casey/Hatton vs Spieth/Thomas 3UP (6)

09:35: I suspect Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton will be taking early baths this morning. I don’t mean to throw the towel in early but it’s looking rather ominous with Jordan Spieth sending Team USA 3up. The American is 5 under through 7 holes – blistering form. Justin Thomas could pop off to the Louvre Museum for a bit..

SPAIN REIGN…

09:30: Having contributed to 11 Ryder Cup wins, triumphed in 49% of their 157 games and picked up an average of 0.57 points per match, bettingexpert can reveal that Spain is Europe’s best-performing nation.

Of the six countries with representatives teeing off at Le Golf National in France this morning, Spain leads the European charge from Northern Ireland, who have also posted an average of 0.57 points per game but slip to 48% of matches won.

It’s bad news for Thorbjørn Olesen, who is flying the flag for the continent’s poorest performers, Denmark. The Danes have only triumphed in a quarter of their Ryder Cup matchups and contribute just 0.38 points per game in the event.

Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari will be hoping to wrestle back some pride for Italy too, who currently stand as Europe’s second-lowest scorers with a 30% win rate and just 0.40 points per game.

England have bagged the most points (130.5) for Team Europe since joining forces with their neighbours on the continent in 1979, though that only chalks up to 0.52 points per game and a win ratio of 47%.

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2UP Rose/Rahm vs Koepka/Finau (8)

09:24: FIST PUMP! That’s the first ‘proper’ Tim Henman-esque one of the Ryder Cup and it comes from Rahm. He’s left with a 15-footer for the birdie and rattles it straight in with a magnificent putt. Europe two ahead and captain Thomas Bjørn lets out a smirk – still early days though.

McIlroy/Olesen a/s D.Johnson/Fowler (6)

09:19: From the Sky Sports coverage you wouldn’t have guessed that Rory McIlroy was in action this morning. We did just see his four ball partner Thorbjorn Olesen squander a glories chance to go 1UP. Still level.

1UP Rose/Rahm vs Koepka/Finau (6)

09:15: Is this momentum I’m seeing?! Koepka does his best top salvage something after his wayward tee shot but he was always facing a tough task and his 15-footer rolls short to allow Just Rose to win the seventh. Rahm and Rose looking good.

Le Golf National

09:12: So with narrow fairways and penal rough, not to mention the large expanses of water on the first and 18th holes in particular, the 7,183-yard Parisian layout has not offered many gifts.

1UP Molinari/Fleetwood vs Reed/Woods (4)

09:10: Oh we like that, Tommy! There’s blue back on the board as Tommy Fleetwood gets off the mark when negotiating the longest par four on the course to tickle away a birdie. Europe take a one-shot lead.

Casey/Hatton vs Spieth/Thomas 2UP (5)

09:05: Do me a favour! We always knew this would be a really tough pairing for Casey and Hatton against the two American juggernauts. Spieth continues to dominate and goes 2UP when draining a 40-footer on the fifth.

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Rose/Rahm a/s Koepka/Finau (6)

09:00: Rose and Rahm look to respond immediately as Finau turns from hero to zero! Having just bagged an eagle, Finau sends it straight out of bounds on the 7th and Koepka sends his drive into thick hay. Big chance for Europe to take this hole.

Casey/Hatton v Spieth/Thomas 1UP (4)

08:55: Spieth is relentless today. Hatton has a birdie chance on 4 but he’s sent that right of the hole. The American has a tough 15-footer himself. He’s coolness personified as he sinks it to remain 1UP.

Twitter round-up

Ally: When a birdie on a par 4 is not good enough to halve a hole! Justin Rose deserved more there but good for Tony Finau.

Jon: Aaarghhh don’t want to go to work, loving the Ryder Cup as always. Hoping I’ll get the chance to listen at some point. Come on Europe!!!

Harry: Europe can’t hole a bloody thing, looks ominous already. Olesen isn’t made for this he’s still a nervous wreck!

Tight…

08:50: These four ball matches are so tight that there is barely anything in it. Team USA have a narrow advantage but that can evaporate in the blink of an eye. Time for a coffee, I think. Standby…

Rose/Rahm a/s Koepka/Finau (6)

08:43: What a strange reaction?! Justin Rose throws his 3 wood to the floor in frustration on the short par four sixth, but he’s made the green! Wish I could be angry at a shot like that.

Brooks Koepka, meanwhile, drags one into the spectators and actually catches a women just above the eye. Fingers crossed she’ll be alright.

Koepka might be shaken up, but Finau looks settled as he secures an two-putt eagle on the sixth. A birdie isn’t enough for Rose as the Americans level things up.

Molinari/Fleetwood a/s Reed/Woods (2)

08:40: Take a bow, Tiger Woods. He’s just played an utterly delightful lofted chip shot to within five-feet of the hole. His partner Patrick Reed also has a possible eagle opportunity from the far side of the green. Molinari saves Europe (now that’s a headline) who manages to match Tiger’s birdie.

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1UP Rose/Rahm vs Koepka/Finau (5)

08:35: It’s not been a great start for debutant Finau, who has bogeyed three of his opening four holes. It could get even worse with Rose within 12 feet…

Rose, who won £7.6million on Sunday by claiming the FedEx Cup title in Atlanta, rolls it wide and Finau tickles a confidence-boosting par in from six feet.

Casey/Hatton v Spieth/Thomas 1UP (3)

08:30: Jordan Spieth shuts the door on Casey and Hatton on the fourth. Casey’s got himself an eagle chance on the par-five third but settles for a birdie. Spieth, however, responds with a nine-footer.

CALM FURYK

08:27: US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk said he would not be pulling out a chest-beating motivational speech. Patrick Reed will have been disappointed about that I’m sure.

“I’ve thought about trying to message the players for a year and a half now. I’m not really a cheerleader, a ‘ra-ra’ type of person so when I message them I try to be as short as possible,” he said. “You pick what is the most important and hammer home the points.”

He makes this golf lark sound simple…

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Molinari/Fleetwood a/s Reed/Woods (2)

08:23: Ah, the great start has subsided with both of the Europeans taking a roll in the sand. They are clearly spooked by the water but overcompensated. Reed also plays it safe before Woods decides to go straight at it, and lands a beautiful long iron four feet from the hole.

Fortune favours the brave, as they say. Barring a disaster, we’ll be level at the second… and we are. Fleetwood and Molinari concede the second.

McIlroy/Olesen A/S Johnson/Fowler (3)

08:20: You just can’t split this group with the quartet sharing a third straight hole.

1UP Rose/Rahm vs Koepka/Finau (4)

08:17: Nerves of steel from Justin Rose, who saves par with fine putt from eight feet that rattles it straight into the cup. Koepka can’t seize the advantage from roughly the same patch – he’s not put enough on it and it’s halved.

1UP Molinari/Fleetwood vs Reed/Woods (1)

08:10: Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed look strangely nervous. Woods sends it onto the fringe, so it’s all on Reed to deliver, but the sounds of delirious cheers from the crowd tell me that he’s found the water.

No such problems for Open champion Francesco Molinari, he’s set himself up nicely for a birdie… sinks it! I guess you could say that the underdogs find themselves ahead!

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Rose/Rahm v Koepka/Finau (3)

08:07: Whoosh! Rahm and Koepka trade blows at the third with the Spaniard chipping to 12 feet from the rough. Koepka then misses his third birdie opportunity of the morning when nudging it to the right and Rahm sinks it. Europe remain one ahead.

Casey/Hatton vs Spieth/Thomas 1UP (1)

08:01: No Dustin Johnson nerves for Jordan Spieth, who safely puts for a birdie.

Molinari/Fleetwood vs Reed/Woods

07:57: Here comes Tiger! Yes, a rejuvenated and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods is back. He claimed the Tour Championship on Sunday for his first tournament win since August 2013 and his 80th PGA Tour title. He’s alongside Captain America’ Patrick Reed, who as the pantomime villain receives loud boos. Standard.

Tommy Fleetwood has two reasons to celebrate today as his son Franklin also turns one.

“What a match for your first ever match in a Ryder Cup. I’m feeling good,” Fleetwood said. “I am looking forward to my son’s first birthday: Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed in the Ryder Cup and my son’s first birthday – it will be a day to remember.”

No drama for the quartet, who all find the fairway with drives straight and true. All four pairings are underway.

Casey/Hatton vs Spieth/Thomas

07:55: Good grief, Jordan Spieth nearly completes a miraculous Eagle with a terrific approach shot that circles the hole before before rolling two-feet away. That should be an opening birdie for USA.

Paul Casey finds the water so the pressure is all on Tyrrell Hatton, who collectively finds the green and gets a tidy roll to land ten feet away. Spieth should have this.

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1UP Rose/Rahm vs Koepka/Finau (2)

07:50: Share of the spoils on the second. Brooks Koepka is close to winning but Justin Rose isn’t in the mood to relinquish the advantage and matches the American.

Casey/Hatton vs Spieth/Thomas

07:45: So, Paul Casey, playing in his first Ryder Cup for 10 years, joins debutant Tyrrell Hatton on the first. They have the daunting task of taking on Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

McIlroy/Olesen a/s D.Johnson/Fowler (1)

07:40: DJ taking charge and following Rose’s lead with a cracking wedge that flirts with the pin – He’ll be making birdie from there. McIlroy looks to respond but he’s around 15 feet right of the hole. This will need to be rather special from the Northern-Irishman…

Nope. It was a very tricky downhill breaker and McIlroy tickles it a few inches left of the pin. DJ surely makes no mistake from here…

He’s missed it! That is a glaring miss from Johnson, who misses a sitter from all of three-feet away. Amazing what these nerves will do, eh?

1UP Rose/Rahm v Koepka/Finau (1)

07:35: First blood to Europe. Koepka shaves the right side of the cup before Rose rolls it in. We’re in business, folks.

Johnson/Fowler vs McIlroy/Olesen – Water!

07:30: Huge roar for Rory and Thorbjorn as the second pairing gets underway. You have to feel a bit worried for Olesen, who looks like he’s gasping for air. I know for a fact that the Dane enjoyed one last cigarette before making his way to the first tee this morning. Let’s hope it worked!

In the drink! Olesen, the rookie, sends his first shot of the Ryder Cup straight in the drink. Looks like this is all on McIlroy, who splits the fairway with his drive. Solid. DJ arrows one in the same territory while Fowler finds the rough.

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Sublime…

07:25: Bosh! It’s a Rosey start for Europe… see what I did there? I’ll see myself out…

Rose and Rahm both have tap-ins to start the first hole with birdies after two magnificent second shots. Koepka has a seven-footer for birdie and Tony Finau was gone with that opening howler.

Up next…

07:17: Rory McIlroy, in his fifth Ryder Cup, and rookie Thorbjorn Olesen are up against world number one Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. They start at 07:25.

Koepka/Finau vs Rose/Rahm

07:15: Spaniard Jon Rahm clearly thrives under these conditions. He rallies the crowd before firing the perfect tee shot down the centre of the fairway. Justin Rose with a solid approach.

Above is a snap of Tony Finau’s opening tee shot of the Ryder Cup. Heart in mouth would be an understatement…

We’re away…

07:10: I can’t even imagine taking your first tee-shot at a Ryder Cup with thousands of European fans signing and jeering around you. I get nervous enough on the driving range if there’s anyone decent present.

This is just organised mayhem.

Finau, wearing a white baseball cap, manages to squeeze out a faint anxious smile as he walks up to get the four balls underway.

Oooooh! Goodness me, Finau spanks a 300-yard three-iron that trickles off the fairway and is about two inches from landing in the drink. Brooks Koepka follows with a more cautious approach.

Europe up next…

Five-minute klaxon

07:05: Good morning folks and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Ryder Cup!

Sorry I’m late to get us started this morning – Southern Rail clearly didn’t get the message that this is basically Christmas for golf fans and decided to cancel all their services.

Anyway, It’s officially time for the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.

I’ll be bringing you all of the news, scores and updates throughout the day.

Europe’s Justin Rose and rookie Jon Rahm take on Brooks Koepka, winner of three of the last seven majors, and debutant Tony Finau.

The quartet are walking through an absolutely packed course with thousands of spectators creating a thunderous atmosphere… literally because they are doing the Icelandic thunderclap!

Koepka stepping up for a nerve-jangling first tee…

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Hello and welcome to the Ryder Cup.

It’s nearly go time with Tony Finau set to take the first tee shot of the day. He’s paired with Jon Rahm as they go up against Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau.

We’ll be with you for every shot all three days, so stay tuned.

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