The future's bright… the future's orange: Europe stand out from the crowd at opening practice round ahead of Ryder Cup
13:04 GMT, 25 September 2012
Europe's Ryder Cup team caught the eye at their opening practice round when they arrived in bright orange gear.
European captain Jose Maria Olazabal led his players out on to the Medinah course for a 7am start on Tuesday as the countdown continues to golf's elite event.
And they showed they are ready to be the stand-out team in Chicago – as the players pulled on the juicy outfits.
Can's miss you lads: The European Ryder Cup team line up for their official photocall on Tuesday morning
Olazabal revealed his first hand when Ryder Cup practice began – and Luke Donald was not playing alongside Sergio Garcia.
The pair have won all four foursomes together in the match, but two years ago Donald teamed up with Lee Westwood and they thrashed top American pair Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker 6&5 at Celtic Manor.
Donald and Westwood were sent out with Ian Poulter and Justin Rose – partners in Louisville in 2008 – in the opening group, while Garcia was with Paul Lawrie, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.
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Funny man: McIlroy laughs during the team photo at the Medinah Country Club
Who's the man Ian Poulter and McIlory share a joke during the countdown in Chicago
World number one McIlroy and 2010 match-winner McDowell played all three games together in Wales and are firmly expected to start together on Friday.
Lawrie, playing in the event for the first time since 1999, will be delighted if Garcia does become his partner, although there was still plenty of time for Olazabal to switch things around with the match not starting until Friday.
Garcia won on the PGA Tour only last month, a week before the Scot won the Johnnie Walker Championship on home soil at Gleneagles.
The third grouping this morning brought together the other four continentals in Olazabal's side – Martin Kaymer, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson and lone debutant Nicolas Colsaerts, the first Belgian to play in the Ryder Cup.
Bit more subdued: Europe's stars also posed in their navy clothing for the photoshoot
Where did they go European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal waits for his players
Europe were first onto the course, gathering at 7am first of all for team photographs. They wore orange shirts and jumpers with blue trousers, while their golf bags had an image of the late Seve Ballesteros imprinted.
Europe practice groups: Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Justin Rose; Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Peter Lawrie, Sergio Garcia; Martin Kaymer, Nicolas Colsaerts, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson.