RYDER CUP 2012 LIVE: All the action from the Medinah Country Club as it happens
13:05 GMT, 28 September 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of all the action on day one of the 39th Ryder Cup from the Medinah Country Club in Illinois.
Jose Maria Olazabal's European team are hoping to defend the title they won two years ago, but Davis Love III's USA squad have home advantage on their side. Tom Bellwood brings you all the action.
Ryder Cup – the essentials
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Hole-by-hole guide to the course at Medinah
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Player guide: Europe
Player guide: USA
2.05: Johnson drags his putt wide on the first and Europe are on the board for the first time.
(3) Furyk/Snedeker 1 UP v McIlroy/McDowell
(2) Bradley/Mickelson 1 UP v Donald/Garcia
(1) Dufner/Johnson v Westwood/Molinari 1UP
2pm: Garcia plays a beauty out of the sand to give Europe a chance of halving, but Bradley rolls in his putt for birdie and the lead for America in the second of the three matches out on the course.
1.58: Superb approach from Molinari puts Europe right in with a shout of taking a lead on the first. his shot leaves Westwood a six-footer for birdie while the Americans are about 10 feet shy of the green with plenty still to do.
1.57: Here's how it's looking thus far:
(2) Furyk/Snedeker 1 UP v McIlroy/McDowell
(1) Bradley/Mickelson A/S v Donald/Garcia
1.53: Rory McIlroy drags his shot wide of the hole on the second, but Brandt Snedeker makes no mistake and they take a one-shot lead.
Roughing it: McIlroy and Snedeker have their work cut out on the first
1.52: And back we go to the first tee where there's further hollering and wild cheering as the next pairings arrive for their first shots. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson versus Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari. Westwood finds the middle of the fairway, but Dufner pulls left into the sand – 141 yards shy of the green.
1.50: Brief conflab between the Europeans and game referee as they discuss whether the ball can be moved as it lies next to a sprinkler. It's a decent lie and McDowell has to play it. He connects a touch and the ball rolls five feet past. plenty of work for McIlroy to do there.
1.47: And so the Donald/Garcia – Mickleson/Bradley pairings start with a half. Donald rolls a beauty from the fringe to with not mush, Bradley's effort from just off the green is an inch to the left.
1.43: Hmmmmn. Not sure about Garcia's first shot. He's stuck his three-quarter wedge way over the back of the green. But there's some respite as Mickleson's wedge falls way short. Those nerves still need some ironing out.
tee on the 412-yard par three second finds the second cut on the edge
of the green. Snedeker sticks his shot towards the back of the green.
Will take something special for either team to steal this hole from that
First of many: McDowell tees-off for Europe as Furyk gets USA under way in Medinah
Ryder Cup – how it works
The winner of each match earns a point. There is half a point each if a match is halved. There are 28 points on offer, so 14 points wins the cup. At 14-14, the defending team (Europe) retain the cup.
Friday – 4 x foursomes in the morning and 4 x fourballs in the afternoon.
Saturday – 4 x foursomes in the morning and 4 x fourballs in the afternoon.
Sunday – 12 singles matches.
Two players on either side, four balls in play. The player with the lowest score wins the hole for his team.
Two players on either side but only one ball is used by each pair as players hit alternate shots. The team with the lowest score wins the hole.
Captains list their players from 1 to 12. They then play against their opposite numbers.
up on the tee – the unbeaten pairing of Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.
acing veteran Phil Mickelson with rookie Keegan Bradley. Donald and
Bradley tee-off, both head straight down the middle of the fairway.
1.35: Yep, McDowell rolls his putt from 10 feet to within a foot, Furyk does likewise. They pick up their balls and head to the second. All square in that one.
1.32: Brandt Snedeker plays his first shot of the tournament and profits form the complete absence of rough on the No 3 Course – chipping high onto the back of the green Looks like this one will be all-square.
1.29: Rory – tucked in behind some green hoardings – goes with a wedge, the ball pops on from the edge of the green and threatens to roll off the side into one of the two green-side bunkers.
1.23: Oh and now Furyk's done the exact same thing! Stiff in the shoulders, Furyk pulls the ball left and to within 15 feet of where McDowell stuck his drive. The Ryder Cup is well and truly under way!
1.20: Graeme McDowell steps up to the tee on the 423-yard par 4 first…. and drags it well left. behind the line of spectators. Close to a viewing/camera gantry. Nerves got to him there. Now, what has Jim Furyk got
USA A-OK: Captain Davis Love soaks up the applause as the home crowd find their voice
1.15: Here come the players. McIlroy and McDowell looking very relaxed as they cross a small bridge towards the first tee. The noise in incredible!
1.08: How do you see it today I'm after your predictions for the score after these foursomes have finished. I'll get the ball rolling – I think Europe will take a slender 2-1 lead into the fourballs. The Woods/Stricker pairing to take the hosts' point. Send me your predictions: [email protected]
1.05: So, time for talking is almost over, first tee-off begins in 15 minutes time when Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell begin the holders challenge to retain the trophy.
There are 50,000 noisy golf fans in position. All we need is four golfers to get things underway at this stunning course in Chicago.
The first cries of 'USA, USA' are ringing out as the partisan crowd are whipped up into a frenzy ahead of the first shot. How are the nerves Mine are a-jingling and a-jangling.
1pm: Are you ready for some more From Chelsea's Champions League victory via cheers for Mo Farah in the Olympic Stadium to glory for Rory McIlroy and US Open history for Andy Murray – we've seen some sights this year.
But is there one final chapter yet to come A bookend to a stunning year of sport. Let's hope so!
Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the 39th Ryder Cup from the Medinah Country Club in Illinois.
Jose Maria Olazabal's Europeans are battling to retain the trophy they won at the Celtic Manor in 2010 and he brings four of the current top five golfers in the world with him.
But the Americans are bullish. The course is set up favourably for the big hitters and Davis Love has spoken of how he wants to 'pummel' those from Europe. And in Tiger Woods the USA captain has a player back in the form which nailed him to the top of the rankings for an eternity.
Eyes down. This one's sure to be a cracker.
Let battle commence: Davis Love II and Jose maria Olazabal pose with the Ryder Cup outside the Medinah Country Club