Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland duo are 'one up' at Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell
Image caption Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell tkae centre stage at the Ryder Cup

Northern Irish duo Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell were one up after four holes in the opening action of the Ryder Cup before rain stopped play.

They have been paired together against their American opponents, 2009 Open champion Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar.

A par at the first was enough for the Europeans to take the lead, but Cink responded strongly and squared the match at the third.

A bogey for Cink at the fourth handed the advantage back to the Europeans.

McIlroy and McDowell received a rousing reception as the 38th Ryder Cup got under way at Celtic Manor in Wales on Friday.

Forty-five thousand fans are expected to attend the event each day.

The forecast is for rain and strong winds on Friday with showers possible for the rest of the weekend.

There is a concern that the matches may suffer delays and run into Monday.

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