Gleneagles Ryder Cup fans outfits

Thousands of golf fans have descended on Gleneagles golf course in Perthshire for the Ryder Cup.

Some donned weird and wonderful outfits for the occasion.

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The 2014 Ryder Cup got under way on Friday, with Europe looking to secure a third successive victory. The last victory for Team US was at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, in 2008.

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The event was founded by seed merchant, Samuel Ryder, in 1927, although there had been two unofficial matches between British and American golfers beforehand.

Ryder wanted to get an official match with the best golfers in America squaring off against Great Britain's best and donated the trophy.

This year's Gleneagles event is the 40th Ryder Cup.

As always, the clash between Europe and America's golfing greats has brought with it a plethora of eye-catching outfits.

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The event is being held at the Centenary Course at Gleneagles, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1993 as The Monarch's Course. It has been revamped and renamed ahead of the Ryder Cup.

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The first 22 Ryder Cup matches pitched Britain against the United States, with the US winning 18, GB three. One match, the famous 1969 contest, tied.

Europe entered the fray in 1979, which prompted opposition from some members of Ryder's family.

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Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido were the first European golfers to play in the Ryder Cup.

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In the subsequent 16 matches, Europe have won eight, the United States seven, with one match tied.

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The competition is held every two years.

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Prize money has never been on offer for the winners of the tournament.

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