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Live Reporting

Alex Bysouth, Paul Higham and Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Until tomorrow...

    And with that, it's time to call it a night, head to bed and try and get a few hours' sleep as the excitement builds for tomorrow's opening foursomes.

    We will be live from 12:00 BST, so make sure to tune in as we guide you through what should be a fascinating opening day.

    Until then...

    Friday Foursomes
  2. 'We're in a really nice place'

    Harrington on the final touches: "I think my players are where I want them to be, they’re very comfortable so it’s just keeping them there. You don’t want to get them too rised up too early but they’re just really nicely there.

    "There are just a couple of things left, with my speech and a nice motivational video but we’re in a really nice place and it really is a case of not messing it up from here."

  3. 'Everyone should play on day one'

    More from Padraig Harrington on Viktor Hovland: “Everybody wants to play with Viktor, a great attitude and a great player as well. Paul’s a solid player and a great match-player. It just fell into place but we’ve a lot of options I have to say.

    “I’ve got 12 players who could play foursomes, there’s nobody in my team that couldn’t play foursomes. Everybody could’ve played and it was tough to have to let people rest."

    Harrington aims to play everyone on Friday: “But everyone’s getting a game...everybody should get a game on day one.

    “You’ve got to get them out there and see how they enjoy the atmosphere and see how they get on.”

  4. Ryder Cup recap

    Europe win 17½-10½ in Paris

    Just to whet the appetite for tomorrow, how about a little look back at how things panned out three years ago?! As if you don't remember...

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  5. Post update

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Whistling Straits

    So, what were the key takeaways from that hour of fun?

    • The US pairings were more obvious to predict than the European ones
    • Preparation has been the buzz word for the US team and Stricker is sticking to the pre-conceived plan
    • Europe are relying heavily on Jon Rahm to lead from the front
    • Stricker is a thoroughly nice man - and even got away with admitting he was a Chicago Bears fan
    • Everyone just wants tomorrow morning to arrive

    Let's get cracking and have a little dance, shall we?

  6. 'You’ve got to focus on your team'

    Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington: “Everybody could’ve predicted the first match. They’re putting their best out we’re putting our best out – let's have a go at it. It’s a big match for both sides.

    “We expected a few of the other groupings there – DJ and Collin, Brooks and Berger we had an idea – but we weren’t that focused on them even though we would’ve known their number one pairing.

    “You’ve got to focus on your own team.”

  7. All the gear...

    Excited to see blue and gold littering the Lake Michigan shoreline tomorrow!?

    European bags
    European bags
    European equipment
  8. Victory for Viktor?

    Johnson/Morikawa v Casey/Hovland (13:21)

    The top match will grab the headlines but this one could be an absolute belter!

    Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa seem a perfect pairing given their demeanour, while Paul Casey has been in decent form and Viktor Hovland could have a big say on debut.

    Thomas Pieters was Ryder Cup top scorer in 2016 as a rookie and Hovland's got the game to match that this year.

    Thumbs up for Europe, thumbs down for USA.

  9. 'It is in their hands now'

    Steve Stricker on the course: "The rules are we get it into the condition all the way up until the Sunday before and then that is maintained throughout, and it has been. We don't have a say on what Mother Nature does or provides in terms of rain and wind - they were getting faster with that wind, but the good news is that looks like it will lay down a bit, still breezy. The course is in great shape, the guys think it is a good set up.

    "I am going to enjoy it, to this point it has been a lot of work and there is more to be done, we have to gain some more information, you want to look forward to Saturday, but it is more about watching these guys play and getting some feedback and making the plan for Saturday.

    "It is in their hands now and they are excited to get going.

    "We will have a quick dinner and tell them to get to bed, it occupies your mind and it is tough to get some sleep. It is an exciting time, we are definitely looking forward to it."

  10. 'Phil and Bryson have a rapport'

    More from US captain Steve Stricker: "We are going to stick with the afternoon plan. These guys have been incredible, it is about the communication and being up front with them so there is no curve balls."

    On vice-captain Phil Mickelson: "Phil is great for the team and great for the room, we have talked about a lot of different things so it is great to have him. Phil finds Bryson very interesting and is trying to learn things from him, they have this rapport and enjoy being with one another, I see them being in each other's pocket for the rest of the week."

  11. 'I feel great about our pairings'

    US captain Steve Stricker: "How excited we are to get this thing going, it has been three years and when you come in here on Sunday evening, the practice rounds are great but you have Friday in your mind.

    "I feel great about our pairings, some teams that have played together, we wouldn't put them out if we didn't eel good about them. We are excited about them and the order they are going out."

    On Europe: "They are all great players, we were trying to take care of ourselves. We talked occasionally about who they maybe would put out but it doesn't matter, we know we will have to play our best to beat them.

    "We had an idea Rory and Rahm would go one and four that's all we really thought about."

    On Bryson DeChambeau: "We are trying to make sure everybody gets a little bit of rest too - you can't play everyone every session, he will get his turn at some point. All these boys have bought in and know the plan for the most part, we have communicated that and are up front with them."

  12. Florida v Yorkshire

    Koepka/Berger v Westwood/Fitzpatrick (13:37 BST)

    Two former Florida State golfers against two of South Yorkshire's finest - what a classic Ryder Cup tie.

    Neither Westwood or Fitzpatrick are in the best of form so this is a bit of a gamble by Harrington - they also both didn't win a point when they were last in the team in 2016 at Hazeltine.

    Both Koepka and Berger are fierce competitors and good friends, so this will be tough.

    Thumbs up for a win for Europe (and Yorkshire) and thumbs down for USA.

  13. Post update

    You've got until lunchtime to get out and gather all the snacks you need to see you through 10+ hours of golf on Friday. Call off any plans, this is it for the weekend now...

  14. Can postman Poulter still deliver?

    Cantlay/Schauffele v Poulter/McIlroy (13:53)

    Ryder Cup

    Does Ian Poulter still have his Ryder Cup magic? We all remember this partnership in Medinah but the last time they played in Paris, also in foursomes, they were well beaten by Spieth and Thomas.

    American rookies Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele are hugely outmatched in terms of experience, but these aren't two ordinary rookies. They're the FedEx Cup champion and Olympic champion - these boys can play!

    Can Poulter, statistically the worst ball striker in the tournament, keep up with the young guns?

    Thumbs up for a Team Europe win in this one and thumbs down for USA.

  15. Post update

    Former Open champion Justin Leonard, who knows a thing or two about the Ryder Cup (remember that putt in 1999, you know which one I mean), said on Sky Sports that "both captains may see those pairings as their strongest leading off".

    Hard to argue with that.