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Valhalla GC, Kentucky
19-21 September




Padraig Harrington

Europe's Padraig Harrington hits the first shot of the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla, Louisville, Kentucky

Phil Mickelson tees off at Valhalla

Phil Mickelson tees off for the US, but he and Anthony Kim are soon one down to Harrington and Robert Karlsson

Nick Faldo

European captain Nick Faldo, under heavy scrutiny throughout the build-up, cheers his team on at the first tee

Hunter Mahan

Hunter Mahan, partnering Justin Leonard, approaches the first green, but the US pair find themselves 2 down after the first two holes

Rose prepares to putt

Justin Rose cards three consecutive birdies as he and partner Ian Poulter take an impressive two-hole lead after 5

Harrington fans at Valhalla

A contingent of Irish fans dressed as leprechauns follow Harrington and Karlsson around the course but see them fall back to level after 8

Perry tees off

Trailing Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia by a hole, Kenny Perry tees off on the 5th but he and Jim Furyk stay behind as both pairs par

Mahan celebrates a putt

After their early struggles, Mahan and Leonard stage a fine comeback to lead Stenson and Casey by 2 after 9 holes

Padraig Harrington

Harrington, playing with a sore neck, and Karlsson go 3 up after 12 holes as Mickelson and Kim throw away several good chances

Jim Furyk

The composed Furyk and local hero Perry keep Westwood and Garcia at bay, 1 up since the 7th after trading the early holes

Poulter and Rose consider their options

Poulter and Rose see a strong three-hole lead wiped out by Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell by the 13th as the USA hit back

Leonard and Mahan celebrate

Things worsen for Europe when Leonard sinks a four-footer at the 16th to give himself and Mahan a 3&2 win

Mickelson and Kim celebrate

Harrington misses his putt at the 18th but Kim sinks his to halve the match but it marks Europe's first points on the board

Faldo shakes hands with Poulter

Faldo is left to console Poulter after he and Rose both miss putts at the 18th to hand a one-hole victory to Cink and Campbell

Faldo congratulates his players

Soon after, however, Furyk misses at the last hole to hand a half to Garcia and Westwood as USA take a 3-1 lead after the foursomes

Padraig Harrington

Harrington, partnered by Graeme McDowell, move 3 up on Mickelson and Kim in the afternoon fourballs

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez makes his first appearance alongside Garcia but the Spaniards are soon behind against Leonard and Mahan

Soren Hansen

Cup debutant Soren Hansen and partner Westwood take an early lead against Holmes and Boo Weekley as Europe fight back

Boo Weekley

Weekley proves a big hit with the home fans shouting "Booooo' every time he drives the ball or makes a putt

Anthony Kim

Kim and Mickelson launch a superb comeback to get back on level terms in a thriller with Harrington and McDowell

Laura Smith, girlfriend of Oliver Wilson, Caroline Harrington and Amy Mickelson give their support

Caroline Harrington (centre) and Amy Mickelson (right) give their support to their husbands

Poulter and Rose discuss tactics

Poulter and Rose discuss tactics as they go 2 up on Steve Stricker and Ben Curtis after seven

Ian Poulter celeberates as a crucial putt drops

Poulter and Rose seal the victory 4&2, a rare European success as the scoreboard starts to turn in America's favour

Phil Mickelson is the centre of attention as he and Kim seal the win for the US

Mickelson is the inspiration as he and Kim seal the win to extend the hosts' overall lead

Justin Leonard (left) and Hunter Mahan

Leonard and Mahan take their sizzling form into the fourballs, with a 4&3 victory over Spanish pair Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez

George Bush and Lee Westwood

Westwood is congratulated by George Bush Snr after he and Soren Hansen snatch a half against Boo Weekley and JB Holmes



see also
Ryder Cup explained
16 Sep 08 |  Golf


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