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Ryder Cup 2010 - day one as it happened

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By Ben Dirs

1922: Haha! Yes, as someone has just pointed out, it's the first time all the players will have been out at the same time in fourballs or foursomes, they're all out at the same time in singles every two years. Fog expected tomorrow morning by the way... loads more rain on Sunday... Monday's supposed to be nice though... I expect I'll see you then... highlights coming up on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website at 2030 BST. Night!

1911: OK, to confirm, there is a change of format from here on in - instead of playing four foursomes matches, two foursomes and four fourball encounters will comprise a new extended third session at Celtic Manor. Prior to that, the second session will be extended from four to six foursomes matches in order to retain the overall total of 28 points on offer. This means that for the first time in Ryder Cup history all the players will be out on the course at the same time.

1909: The United States rather ambushed Europe there before the close, they're up in two overnight, with Europe up in one and the other one all square. It's all very tight though and I don't think I've ever seen so many won holes in fourballs. Massive putt that at the death from Poulter to peg Stricker and Woods back to all square...

Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Mickelson/D Johnson (after 12)
McIlroy/McDowell 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (11)
Poulter/Fisher AS v Stricker Woods (9)
Donald/Harrington 1 down v Watson/Overton (8)

* Europe pairings first

1906: Right, we're done for the day - Donald had a nervy six-footer for the half on nine but declined to take it, preferring to leave it until the morning. Enjoy your sleep, Luke...
Morning fourballs latest scores

European Up
1903: Stricker has a 12-footer for the half... could be a game-changer before stumps... leaves it high, back to all-square before the close...
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1901: Right-to-lefter for Ross Fisher at 10... looks in all the way but straightens on him at the death. Poulter next up, from 15 feet or so, and he's rattled that right down the middle - pressure on Stricker now...
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1858: Kaymer's putt for the hole doesn't come back as imagined and the 12th is halved in four. Hand-shakes all round, Kaymer and Westwood one-up overnight against Mickelson and Johnson. Poulter and Fisher are continuing down the par-three 10th agaisnt Stricker and Woods, Stricker safely on in one. Poulter's tee shot is better though. Bad news for Europe in the final match, Overton's second leaves him a gimme. Well done Donald, however, he's left himself a 10-footer before stumps are drawn. Cink, by the way, made five birdies today in 11 holes, Matt Kuchar may as well not have been there.
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US up
US up
1853: Woods very nearly pops his chip in at nine, McIlroy's pushed his short birdie effort right at 11, that's a big moment - Cink made his tiddler, he and Kuchar will go in two-up, they've shaken on it. Dreadful little period for Europe this - Poulter's chip for a half lips out and Fisher's putt runs out of puff a couple of inches short - they go one-down through nine, the visitors now up in three...
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1847: McIlroy thinks he's yanked the door ajar and Cink brings back a big size 12 and slams it back in his face - doozy of a pitch and it very nearly goes in. Kaymer, the USPGA champion, with a super-smooth eight-iron into the 12th.
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1842: McIlroy's been pretty quiet so far but he joins the party with that shot, a flop to within a few feet of the pin at 11 - shades of a young Sergio Garcia, he looks like he's loving it. McDowell thins his...
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European Up
1842: Harrington up the hill at eight but he's struggling to get that putter glowing at the moment. Overton for birdie from 20 feet... doesn't give it enough... Donald smashes the door wide open, making his birdie putt for the hole - him and Harrington only one-down now...
Morning fourballs latest scores

Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Mickelson/D Johnson (after 1)
McIlroy/McDowell 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (10)
Poulter/Fisher AS v Stricker Woods (8)
Donald/Harrington 2 down v Watson/Overton (7)

* Europe pairings first

1835: Johnson on in two at the 562-yard 11th, they're really creating some roast now, the collars of Westwood and Kaymer feeling hot, hot, hot. Donald's swinging it nicely, that's all over the flag at eight. Kaymer for birdie at 11 and the German has drained a corker, a bender in bun up then down the ridge, to make Mickelson and Johnson putt out for a half. Mickelson's in from six feet, that's three birdie in a row for him...
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1831: Instead of playing four foursomes matches, two foursomes and four fourball encounters will comprise a new extended third session at Celtic Manor. Prior to that, the second session will be extended from four to six foursomes matches in order to retain the overall total of 28 points on offer. Got that? Hope so, haven't really got time to explain further...
Morning fourballs latest scores

US up
1829: Stricker for birdie at eight, from about 25 feet, and he's drained it. McIlroy and McDowell finally shovelling some coal, sweet bunker escape at 10 from the former. Cink has knocked in another one from long range at 10 and the see-saw second match between him and Kuchar and McIlroy and McDowell has swung back the American way.
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1823: Back at the par-three seventh Overton and Harrington have chances of twos. Overton, who's never won a tournament on the PGA Tour and only took up golf aged 13, just misses left, leaving Harrington with a 12-footer for the hole... well-struck, good pace, lips out - he and Donald stay two-down...
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US up
1820: Woods with 168 yards into the eighth. All over the pin. Mickelson for the hole at 10, he's shaking off the rust and him and Johnson are back to one-down against Westwood and Kaymer.
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European Up
1815: McDowell with a 15-footer for the hole at nine... bangs it in, he and McIlroy get back to all-square against Cink and Kuchar.
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Westwood/Kaymer 2 up v Mickelson/D Johnson (after 9)
McIlroy/McDowell 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (8)
Poulter/Fisher 1 up v Stricker Woods (7)
Donald/Harrington 2 down v Watson/Overton (6)

* Europe pairings first

1810: Johnson with a solid tee shot at the 21-yard 10th but partner Mickelson's is even better. Westwood's yanked his left. Donald's putt for the hole has a look in the side door, thinks about popping in the back door and thinks better of popping in at all. He and Harrington stay two-down through six, Harrington struggling.
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1807: Poults duffs his second at seven meaning he's out of that hole, in terms of winning it at least. Fisher with a putt for birdie but he borrows far too much to the left and Stricker's got a six-footer for the hole... straight uphill, he's missed it, Poulter and Fisher stay one-up.
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1803: Kaymer bends in his birdie effort at nine meaning Johnson suddenly has to make his to halve the hole after muffing his third - he misses, but Phil makes his and they stay two-down at the turn...
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1800: Sorry, I should have added that Fisher and Poulter also missed from long range at six, they remain all square with Poults and Fisher, and also that Poulter was teeing off at the par-three seventh, not the sixth. Fisher safely on in one, but Stricker's stiffed his to within six feet. Westwood's birdie putt at nine stays left...
Morning fourballs latest scores

1757:JEFF OVERTON FACT ATTACK: Overton completed 18 holes at this year's USPGA at Whistling Straits in two hours, nine minutes, a record in majors. Apparently there were times when he was literally legging it and he still shot 79. Stricker and Woods miss their lengthy birdie attempts at six. Here's Poulter melting one straight into the setting sun at six and he's tugged that a little...
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BBC golf commentator Maureen Madill on BBC Radio 5 live: "This is a critical time right now for both teams. There have been great galleries that have remained but loads of them have drifted home. The Americans will never have a series of matches out here, no matter how long this contest takes, where they have such quiet galleries simply because there aren't the same number of people. So there aren't going to be the waves of roars rolling around this golf course. They have to take advantage."

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James from Newcastle via text: "As if 'get in the hole' couldn't get any worse... the best I've heard is also an American shout 'mashed potato' straight after a drive. Peculiar to say the least."

1752: Kaymer, Mickelson and Westwood all lay-up at the par-five ninth - will Johnson bring out the anvil and give it some hammer? Indeed he does and you have to say that's magnificent, onto the apron to the right of the green.
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Gary, on train with rubbish reception, north of Luton via text, 81111: "Re acceptable shouts, 'get in the puddle' or 'get in the casual water' could maybe work after a US tee shot?"

The sun is out
1748: Poulter is safely on in two at six before Stricker leaves himself a straight one coming back down the hill. Donald misses his makeable birdie putt at five, he stays two down against Watson and Overton. Glory, glory Celtic Manor, what a huckleberry of an evening.
Morning fourballs latest scores

1746: Fine shot from Donald at five, Westwood/Kaymer and Mickelson/Johnson halved the eighth. Johnson drills his drive down the middle at the 580-yard ninth, he could make it in two from there. Mickelson's all over the oche, he's pushed his drive into the cabbage. Woods with his second over the collar of water at six - on, but the heavy spin drags it a fair way back. Westwood finds the second cut off the tee at nine, Fisher's all over the pin at six... before the ball backs down the slope... Kaymer rattles his down the middle at nine, but Johnson's ball isn't even in sight, that boy's a bomber...
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US up
1737: Stricker now at five... almost identical to Fisher's, hole halved in four, Fisher and Poulter stay level. McDowell and McIlroy miss their birdie efforts, they're one-down through seven.
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1735: Johnson goes long at eight, no-one wants to win this one. Here's Woods at five, chip and run, and he should make four from there. Poulter for birdie from 25 feet... stayed left. Cink for a two at seven, from 25 feet, and that's another dreamy effort, he and Kuchar could go one-up against McIlroy and McDowell. Fisher's long-range birdie effort at five grazes the right edge but there's too much juice on it and it doesn't drop.
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1731: Bubba with a short one for birdie at four... he's missed it, poking it left. Could that be a turning point? Mickelson's shovelled his approach right at eight, from bang in the middle of the fairway - the world number two playing some ugly golf. Westwood is on but it's pretty ordinary - time for Kaymer to step up. Better, but not great...
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1729: Poulter with 159 yards to the flag at the par-four fifth as the sun begins to peep through. Safely on. Harrington rather staggering round so far but that's a nice escape to within a few feet at four. Fisher at five... nails it into the heart, two birdie putts for the Europeans. Tiger now, he's gone long, before playing partner Stricker finds the centre of the green.
Morning fourballs latest scores

1725: Donald, who's got all the short game skills, cosies his third up to the hole at four. McDowell with a knee-knocker at six, and he makes it to stay all square.
Morning fourballs latest scores

US up
1722: Kaymer with his chip at three and it's pretty ordinary. Mickelson from the sand and that's good enough with his partner close in one. McDowell at six, his second came up short - solid chip. Watson, with that garage-honed swing of his, plonks his second at four to within a few feet, his ball landing like a butterfly with sore feet. Johnson makes his short birdie putt at seven, back to two down... Morning fourballs latest scores

1717: Cink with his second at six and that's a crackerjack, leaving himself a 10-foot uphiller for birdie. Woods makes his clutch par putt at four, that was from 15 feet, but Poulter's made his short one, that's a half in four. Kuchar with his second from a fairway trap at six and he's safely onto the apron. Westwood in spongy rough at three and that's a doozy, leaving himself a three-footer for par...

1715: Poulter with a pearler of an approach at the par-four fourth, followed by a little Henman-esque fist pump. Kaymer goes long at the 213-yard par-three seventh, Westwood also misses the dancefloor but Johnson is bang in the middle. Mickelson finds sand...

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Tim via text, 81111: "Try to time your scream with the top of the back swing. That's always good for a laugh."

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US up
1709: Cink drains a monster at five to level with McIlroy and McDowell, Donald/Harrington half with Watson/Overton at three. Johnson for the half at six after Westwood's birdie putt ducks right and he's missed it, his ball curling right too soon, Europe three up in that one... Morning fourballs latest scores

1704: Donald with a sweet little bunker escape at the par-three third, he's left himself a four-footer for par...

1702: "AWAY YOU GO!" Dustin Johnson with the first shot after the restart and he's safely on the green in two at six. Nothing safe about Westwood's approach, that's what you call a marker, his ball finishing six feet from the cup. Wedge for Mickelson - that's an absolute shocker, straight pull into the drink. That sweater's not much cop either, looks like it was designed by my Nan. Kaymer safely on, Westwood in pole...

1656: Right, a little reminder of the state of play before we restart:
Westwood/Kaymer 2 up v Mickelson/D Johnson (after 5)
McIlroy/McDowell 1 up v Cink/Kuchar (4)
Poulter/Fisher 1 up v Stricker Woods (3)
Donald/Harrington 2 down v Watson/Overton (2)
* Europe pairings first

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Keith S via text, 8111: "I once heard an American scream 'swallow the apple' just after Faldo hit a drive. Never quite been able to work out what he meant."

1650: No, Shedders (see below) is right - you don't shout "go in the hole", you drop the "go" and scream the rest very, very loud. Ten minutes until it all kicks off again...

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Shedders, Rainham, Kent via text, 8111: "As a Europe fan, please, please definitely do not shout 'go in the hole'. Leave this to our American cousins at all costs!"

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Anon via text, 81111: "I've never been to watch golf before and have tickets for tomorrow. Other than the requisite 'Europe, Europe, Europe' and 'Go in the hole' what else are acceptable golf shouts?"

1636: Jimenez acting the goat on the practice range, chucking a muckabout exercise routine while puffing on a Cuban. That thing is smoking like a chimney stack.

1615: Radio 5 live have spoken to a 'senior member' of the European Tour and he says "the bulk, if not all" of the singles matches will be played on Monday. Not sure how he knows that, but still. Sunday ticket-holders and season-ticket holders will be allowed back in to see the action...

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Jack via text, 811111: "What was the result in the Doncaster pitch and putt? The suspense is killing me!"


1609: England football manager Fabio Capello, who's at Celtic Manor, has just been on the radio revealing he plays at the same Turin golf club as the Molinari brothers. He didn't say much else. Players making their way to the practice range, play in 50...

European Tour chief referee John Paramor: "We will start again at 1700 BST. The forecast for the rest of the day is fairly reasonable. It might even brighten up considerably and we might get them to 1900 BST, who knows. They can get the course ready in an hour. There is a bit of water in the bunkers but that's not the main issue."

1602:PLAY TO RESTART AT 1700 BST. Referee John Paramor says he's hopeful there won't be too much standing water on the course, although there will be placing on fairways. And it looks like players may have to place into the semi-rough on occasion to avoid the puddles...

1408: Right, we're going to mothball this for a couple of hours, at least until this announcement at 1600 BST: even if it has stopped raining by then, it will still take another hour to mop up and that might leave two hours golf, max... hopefully see you in a bit...


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Tony D via text, 81111: "Forty miles west in Swansea and the rain has eased. Newport can look forward to it in about an hour. By the way, American waterproofs are not a match for Welsh rain."

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1403: John Inverdale on 5 live reckons the next announcement won't now be until 1600 BST. What a load of old rubbish...

1400:Zach Johnson Fact Attack: Favourite food? Wife's spaghetti. Favourite film? Braveheart or Hoosiers.

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Son via text, 81111: "Drama! Stunning fightback from the Old Man - one-up, two holes to play. Huddled under a tree as it starts to chuck it down - just hoping the green keeper who's chilling in his warm lovely doesn't ask us to pay! Father puffs on a cigarette as I suck on a Fisherman's Friend. Quality Father and Son time - just hope the Old Man doesn't start giving me a lecture about the birds and the bees."


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Steve Parrett via text, 81111: "I say no to Brian Blessed as starter and yes to Joe Pasquale"

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funkytim2009 on Twitter: "If Europe win all their games 10&8, this Ryder Cup can still be done and dusted by Sunday morning..."

European Tour chief referee John Paramor: "We were hoping it was going to ease off but it hasn't. We've got another announcement at 1400 BST. It's definitely going to stop but later than originally thought - it could be in one-and-a-half hours - then we'll be playing soon after that. There's a heavy band coming over the next 20 minutes and then after that it will be full steam ahead and we'll be getting the course in a good condition."

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1350: I'm not going to lie to you, it looks like a scene from Hades out there, replete with the River Styx running across the 18th fairway. Raining harder than ever, this 1400 BST announcement's not gonna be good...

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Tom Burton via text, 81111: "Who's the chap who introduces everyone on the tee? [it's Ivor Robson] Certainly a unique voice but why not get Brian Blessed in for important tournos such as this?"

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TP via text, 81111: "I thought Monty banned the players from tweeting? It's a disgrace, they should be smoking cigars and playing poker like real men, not poncing around on iPhones!"

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BigVarn on Twitter: "In response to Stuart the Spurs fan, I heard that Ossie Ardiles was also a 20-a-day man. One of the best I saw."

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie: "We came out of the box very quickly. Our team are happier than our opponents. Ross Fisher did well and Ian Poulter's pumped up for this - especially playing Tiger. Martin Kaymer hasn't started firing yet and Lee Westwood's swinging the club particularly well and he's winning the holes. It doesn't matter who's winning the holes. Lee's right up for the battle. I wanted to stay on in a perfect world but there was nothing we could do. I hope the spectators understood our decision. The forecast is that the sun is supposed to shine at 1.30. If we don't start at 1.45 we wont be finishing on Sunday."

1330: By the way, if anyone's playing Hainault (lower) golf course over in Essex today, I suggest you have a rummage around in the bush to the left of the 4th tee - I was playing with a mate over there the other week, he topped his drive, lobbed his 200 squid wood in there and drove off in his buggy. Occupation? You've guessed it, City trader...

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Stuart Bennett via text, 81111: "Me and my mates often mention how we get a perverse greater respect when we see a sportsman smoking a crafty tab. I believe Berbatov is a 20-a-day man which, after I found out, despite being a Spurs fan, gave me an instant liking for the lanky Bulgarian again."

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Bluepirate via text, 81111: "Anger with friends as officials refuse to allow fans to leave Celtic Manor and return later in day. There are not adequate facilities on site. They are very upset."

1312: That young scamp McIlroy's stitched up Grandad Jimenez - here's the old boy catching flies courtesy of McIlroy's Twitter feed . Not sure that position will be good for his posture...

Europe's Rory McIlroy: "The atmosphere at the first tee was unbelievable. I have never experienced anything like that in any golf tournament and I was happy just to make contact. I played OK this morning. I hit some good shots but it was so difficult. The fairway was so wet."

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1305: ... the 1300 BST deadline has just flashed before our eyes like one of Douglas Adams' proverbial deadlines - there's not going to be one, next one at 1400 BST... sorry...

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clareballingall on Twitter: "Worst watery film scene: that bit at the end of Four Weddings - two wooden actors and someone with a garden hose."

BBC Sport golf commentator Peter Alliss on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's a golfing tragedy."

Europe's Ross Fisher: "It is great being paired with Ian Poulter. We had a good long chat going up to the first tee. Nothing can prepare you for that roar at the first. It was pretty amazing. My first goal was to get the ball on the tee peg and I did that first time. We are playing against one of the strongest pairings in Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker but someone had to get them. We are geeing eachother up and and we are really up for it. We want to get as many points for the team and for the crowd here today."

1255: The sight of Jimenez sucking on a fat fella raised the question in the office: where have all of sport's great smokers gone? Johan Cruyff, Serge Blanco, Shane Warne, legends whose overcoats stank, especially when it rained...

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Son via text 81111: "The battle rages on at The Doncaster Pitch and Putt tournament. Father vs Son, nature vs nuture. Son one-up with six to play, Big Mac meal to the winner."

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Alex, London, via text 81111: "I remember that the equation at Valhalla involved dividing the number of 'get in the hole' shouts by the number of times Boo Weekly rode his driver like a fat Happy Gilmore."

1248:Matt Kuchar Fact Attack: Likes? Sleep "I'm about an eight-hour-a-night guy. I go to bed early and get up early."

1242: For anyone feeling a little blue, I suggest you have a look at my favourite watery film scene of all time . And no, it isn't the shower scene from Porkies...

1238: When I said Rob Hodgetts is our man in Wales, I meant to say he's one of our men and women in Wales. Pete Shuttleworth has just knocked up a feature with stuff about weather in it . the headline news from BBC Wales weather presenter Behnaz Akhgar is: "The heavy rain is due to ease off after 1400 BST and there is to be light rain until the end of the afternoon where it will clear up altogether... drier, clearer conditions overnight... but there may be an issue with fog lingering over the course until 0900 BST on Saturday... but after that bright and breezy conditions are expected which might help dry the course... likely to be back to square one on Sunday as it will be a similar story to today as rain is forecast early on and is unlikely to clear until Monday morning."

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Anon via text 81111: "Is this shaping up to create a Tube strike that is actually popular on Monday - 'working from home' - happy days..."

1230: Our man in Wales is Rob Hodgetts, and he's written you all a new blog, which is all about the tension on the first tee this morning ...

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Alan Honan, Algarve, via text 81111: "...update. Now 27 degrees and drinking Sagres. Bar-staff unfortunately male but not bad looking..."

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Rory McIlroy on Twitter: "Just have to say our waterproofs are performing very well!"

1215:Dustin Johnson Fact Attack: Worst job? Cleaning kitchens. Favourite TV show? Entourage or True Blood. Downtime? "Having a few cold beers with buddies." Still 45 minutes until the announcement...

1202: It's ruddy chaos out there: news reaches me that the Americans have had to shell out for 24 new pairs out waterproof trousers from the Celtic Manor pro shop because their old ones don't work, which means they'll all be playing in different colours when they finally get back out there. Furyk must be gutted, that's half his $11m winning cheque from last week up in smoke. Oh yeh, and here's a picture of Padraig Harrington having a kip in the clubhouse, courtesy of: Ian Poulter's Twitter feed .


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JTweds on Twitter: "Absolutely gutted, I wouldn't have drunk as much as I did last night if I thought I'd have to do some actual work."

1149: There is an announcement due at 1300 BST. Still looks grim out there. Bubba's breakfast quote begs one big question - if that's his 'game-day' breakfast, what does he eat on off-days? Here's Hunter Mahan's off-weekend routine: "There's stuff to do around the house, fix things or do whatever you need to do to keep your house running." His girlfriend, Kandi Harris, is a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader...

1146: We all know Bubba Watson's self-taught, we all know he hits it a mile, but does anyone want to know what Bubba Watson's favourite breakfast is on 'game-day'? "An English muffin with peanut butter, yogurt and cereal... the healthy cereal that is. No captain crunch."

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Ian Poulter on Twitter: "That 1st tee is truly the most incredible experience ever, the buzz from the crowd shakes thru your body with so much electricity. I love it"

BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter: "According to European Tour officials, there are no ticket arrangements in place for play on Monday. Let's just see what happens. If there is an overspill into Monday, then arrangements will be made then. We also don't know just how much of the Ryder Cup will be played on Monday. Singles matches don't start until after 1130 BST on Sunday so there is some room to play unfinished matches before that. I have heard there might be some fog on Saturday morning which would cause a delay too."

1140: "I'm sitting in Pinhal Golf Club in the Algarve," texts Alan Honan - from the Algarve. "It's 21 degrees and the course is bathed in sunshine." Many thanks Alan - any chance you can describe the barmaids and let us know what beer you're on? Unbelievable...

1135: Last week, former Open champion Stewart Cink had 200 high school kids over at the house for his son Connor's party. I wasn't there, he told his 1,225,825 followers on Twitter, of which I am not one.

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Anon via text 81111: "This has got to be the worst week of weather we've had in Wales since about April."

1130: Any nonsense that needs sending in, here's how: Tweet me @bendirs1, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message, or join the banter on 606.

1121: Thing is though, Niall (see below), there's not enough blue in the sky at the moment to make a pair of Jordan's knickers. During this rain delay I will be feeding you nuggets from the official websites of various American team members, just so you can get to know them better. Here's rookie Rickie Fowler: "I'm edgy, non-traditional, yet completely low-key and approachable."

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Joff via text 81111: "How do you turn a duck into a soul singer? Stick it in the south Wales summer sun until its Bill Withers."

1121: Thing is though, Niall (see below), there's not enough blue in the sky at the moment to make a pair of Jordan's knickers. During this rain delay I will be feeding you nuggets from the official websites of various American team members, just so you can get to know them better. Here's rookie Rickie Fowler: "I'm edgy, non-traditional, yet completely low-key and approachable."

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Niall in Armagh via text 81111: "A wise man once told me 'if there's enough blue in the sky to make a waistcoat, the weather will clear up'..."

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Anon via text 81111: "This has all got the feeling of the wildly disappointing camping trips I went on as a child. I bet Tiger won't be paying 20p for a shower though."

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Alex via text 81111: "I'd have thought the number of cigars Jimenez smoked before breakfast definitely needs to be in the equation..."

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1110: ... sorry, it's raining eeeeeven harder in south Wales now, if that was at all possible. What was it Nick Faldo said at the closing ceremony in Valhalla two years ago? "Make sure you bring your waterproofs to Wales." How he was pilloried at the time - but who's laughing now?

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Annelize, via text 81111: "Am I the only woman gutted there's no play?! Men in my office (British!) aren't even interested and I have suffered abuse all morning. Well, I am South African so that's normal anyway."

1102: If this rain stays for the whole weekend, can anyone think of a sure-fire mathematical equation to decide the match, a la Duckworth-Lewis? I'm thinking the average length of Bubba Watson's drive divided by the number of belts in Ian Poulter's wardrobe to the power of the number of times Dustin Johnson has blown his chances in a major championship.

Lee Westwood on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm disappointed for everyone connected with the Ryder Cup here at Celtic Manor. It's not what they would have wanted - 10 years of planning have gone into this. I'm also disappointed for the fans - they gave the golfers an unbelievable reception. It became nearly impossible to find a spot on the second fairway. We played another four or five holes and it hadn't stopped raining."

1055: Righto, many thanks Ash, Ben Dirs here - you'll have to manually refresh to make that become apparent. This rain is a bit of a pain in the backside, although I can't help thinking the tone on the telly is a little bit too grave - they're intoning like generals during a break in hostilities at the Battle of the Somme...

By Mark Ashenden

1049: So it could be another two hours before the clubs get swinging again. So what better way to spend your 120 minutes than reading a drizzle of Ben Dirs? My Ryder Cup baton is quite literally being handed over into his greasy paws right now.... I'll be back a bit later but I'll still be checking out my Tweets so don't hold back there.

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A Newman, via text 81111: "Reading the golf chat with interest - I'm stuck in an office with no windows so could be snowing for all I know!"

BBC Radio 5 Live
Ian Poulter tells BBC Radio 5 live: "We've been told announcement at 1200 BST and we'll see what forecast is then. If it's clear and playable then I expect we'll start 45 minutes later."
Poults offers us all some hope.

Twitter
jmlondonlange on Twitter: "This break in play is ideal for Team USA, especially Mickelson & Johnson who clearly need to sort out their strategy"

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James in Maesteg, via text 81111: "Cant believe it! Got the ryder cup on in the classroom watching with the kids then bang! No more play! Back to teaching maths, not sure who is the most upset myself or the 32 golf fans sat doing long division!"

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Anonymous, via text 81111: "A wise man once told me you can only ever see 20 minutes of weather"
Sensational chat. Can anybody beat that? Here's a question. Can you hear weather? Here's another question. If there wasn't any weather, what it would be doing?

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Anonymous, via text 81111: "Frustrating that weather has stopped play. The weather in Doncaster is beautiful. I'm off to play at the local pitch and putt. If the weather doesn't improve, Colin and the boys are more than welcome to play out the ryder cup here!"
Let us know how you get on - live updates of your pitch and putt may be preferable to "Ohhh it's still raining".

1032: So for anybody just checking in not knowing what's going on...Play got under way at 0748 and was suspended after two hours at 0945 after heavy rain left puddles everywhere. European vice-captain Darren Clarke said: "It's a tough call with all these people here and everyone watching but I think it's the right call. "It's going to be a little while before we're back out here."

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Lyndon (the older people's commission for wales), via text 81111: "From my third floor office in cardiff bay i can see brighter skies to the west. I'm no meteorologist, but isn't that usually where the weather comes from around here?"

1020: We continue to wait for the clouds to sort themselves out (do you ever look at the clouds and think 'surely there can't possibly be any more water in there'?) It seems strange to mention this one right now because all the highlights will be of brollies and brushing away of water BUT later on, there are Ryder Cup video highlights on the web, while the TV highlights programme gets going on BBC2 at 2030.

Luke Donald told Sky Sports: "It's a shame as we would have loved to carry on out there. It's mostly the fairways that are the problem. It was just getting too much and the heavy rain made it that bit worse. The crowd were amazing just unbelievable like a football match or a rugby match the crowd are right on top of you. Looking at the pairings me and Padraig seem to be the right mix. He makes a lot of birdies and I'm pretty consistent. It's not like we're playing badly at the moment, and if you're going to lose holes it's best to lose them early."

Twitter
YouGov on Twitter: "78% of interested fans believe Europe will reclaim trophy from US as Ryder Cup begins in a latest poll.
What do you reckon to that folks?

Chief Ryder Cup referee John Paramor on BBC Radio 5 live: "Being matchplay, we leave a lot up to the players themselves. They were continuing but it got to such a stage where even with all the resources we have here it was just too much. We were fighting an uphill battle. We were hoping for a break in the weather, it was there for a few minutes, but unfortunately those lovely breaks filled in and it's turned out to be pretty strong rain again. It's a very strong storm system that is affecting us and it can change but we are looking at early afternoon to start again. That is the indication. We will be looking at possibly playing on Sunday morning now and we have the ability to go to Monday but hopefully the weather will improve and we can get going again."

1008: While we wait for the sun to get his hat back on or certainly get his wellies on, why not sit back and listen to a bit of Monty talking about the play suspension.

1006: It's still raining and play's been now suspended for 22 minutes. The basic reason is the players are not able to drop their ball to a reasonable lie from 'casual water'. No let-up in the rain so far so you're not missing anything. Perfect time to send in your nonsense or your predictions.

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Anonymous, via text 81111: "Feel so sorry for everybody who has worked so hard to make this happen in Wales, but I can't help but think that maybe a course situated in the bottom of a welsh valley might not be the best option."
Let's try not to jump on the anti-Welsh weather bandwagon! A few of you have contacted me and told me that the weather is pretty stinky from the east coast of the US to Britain and throughout Europe.

US vice captain Jeff Sluman on BBC Radio 5 live: "I feel bad for everyone involved. It has been 10 years in the planning but we are just held hostage by the weather. It was the right decision. There was nowhere for the guys to drop the ball. You want the greatest players in the world to show their skills."

Former Europe Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallagher on BBC Radio 5 live: "The European Tour is coming under a lot of pressure from the American tour. It has taken four weeks to play the FedEx Cup and that is the problem. We should have been playing this Ryder Cup two or three weeks ago. They have a gap in the FedEx Cup and we should be trying to force a date change. It would really help the European weather that's for sure."


Twitter
Mal_Jutley on Twitter: "Boo play suspended. I have to work now :-("
Yeh - sorry about that.

0957: Big beaming smiles from the policewoman standing next to the door as Tiger Woods shakes off his brolly and walks into the dry.

Rain
0955: Monty tip-toes back into the clubhouse. His trousers must be squelching. He'll be satisfied with his team's efforts so far. Time for a shower perhaps. And it's time to chuck me your golf in the rain stories or best shots or best ways of handling it..... or anything to be honest. Tweet me @bbcsport_mark, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message, or join the banter on 606.

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie: "Unfortunately they have had to call it off and we will come back again. I heard on the radio that the weather is to improve by two o'clock but that does not give us enough time. It is highly possible we will not finish the two rounds today. It is a great pity, Friday's forecast was always ugly and unfortunately it has come to fruition. Hopefully we can maintain this momentum when we resume."

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Anonymous, via text 81111: "Spilt an entire cup of tea over myself and half my notes watching Poulter's putt race down there. And it's only the first morning. Need a rain break"
Careless, make no mistake. You need me to throw over a squeegie?

0948: Time for the scores as it's time to take a breath. Westwood/Kaymer 2-up after five against Mickelson/Johnson. McIlroy/McDowell 1-up after four against Cink/Kuchar. Poulter/Fisher 1-up after three against Stricker/Woods. And here's the lonely star and stripes...Watson/Overton are 2-up against Donald/Harrington after two.

0946: The players shield themselves under the brollies. The walkie-talkies around the course will need a battery recharge because I've never seen such a flurry of action with these handheld machines.

0945:PLAY IS SUSPENDED.

0943: It's definitely wet and the TV forecasts inform us there is worse weather coming over the hills! C'mon boys - just a bit of rain no?

BBC golf commentator Maureen Madill on BBC Radio 5 live: "You come here so full of excitement and seeing the weather this morning I felt sorry for all of the people who have put in years of work leading up to this. But there comes a tipping point where the weather doesn't really matter. It was pretty awful at the K Club and we really don't remember that. You are out there, the matches are going, you can hear the enthusiasm - golf watchers are resilient, they have waited forever to get the Ryder Cup in Wales and they are not going to let a drop of rain put them off."

0938: Overton is flying and he finds the green on the third. A lot of activity between the officials discussing whether the course is playable. The staff are working tirelessly to brush the water off the greens with the squeegies. Back to the third hole. Harrington finds the green but he'll have a monster putt. Avoided the water though. on the sixth, not so good for Europe with Kaymer in the water and Westwood in thick rough. How are those sun dances doing by the way? Monty now on the walkie-talkies....the four pairs have stopped playing for now...a big decision coming up I think.

0936: Out of the four pairings, the leaderboard is 75% blue. Not a bad start for Monty's men.

BBC Radio 5 live pundit Andrew Coltart: "The games are going to be so slow and it will be very difficult to keep your rhythm and focus. You have your caddie and partner which might help you round but we are definitely going to struggle to get the foursomes played this afternoon."


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Jimmynutt (Expat) in Virginia, via text 81111: "Watching live, remembering wet Welsh holidays as a kid and glad at least some Americans are living my rain pain."

US up
0931: More joy for the Americans and it's beautiful Bubba Watson as he and Overton go two-up against Donald and Harrington.

0928: On the edge of the fifth green. Johnson rolls his sleeves up and chips one in that rolls to within four feet of the pin. Kaymer has a similar shot and his rolls on and on and on....about 25 feet too long. Didn't hold up at all. Over to the fourth - the brollies are blowing like they're ready to take off and McDowell dumps one out of the bunker to within 14 inches. Brilliant.

0925: Round-up time. Westwood/Kaymer two-up. McIlroy/McDowell all-square with Cink/Kuchar. Poulter/Fisher one-up. Watson/Overton one-up.

0921: Call me an optimist, but is it clearing up? Is that brightness I see? Kaymer on the fifth and gives it too much welly. Mickelson drops a safe one on to the green. Johnson has a little chip after a monster drive but he can't find the putting surface. Big cheers on the par three third as Poults holes out with a brilliant two. Poults offers a medium-height high-five to Fisher.

0916: Let's take stroll to the par three on hole three. Poults finds the green to big WHOOPS. Stricker's ball goes swimming and Woods is on the fringe. A chance for Europe.

Twitter
Dai_Happy on Twitter: "I'm about to walk to work in a rainy Newport. So wet I can't watch the live commentary as I go without knackering my phone!"

US up
0913: The Americans are hitting back. A good 10 minutes for them. Cink sinks one on the third and he and Kuchar are now all-square with McIlory and McDowell.

European Up
0907: Dustin Johnson really went for that one on the fourth. Westwood got a four so Mickelson has a putt to halve the hole - and he misses. Westwood and Kaymer go two up. Over on the second, Woods gets a birdie so that's all square.

0905: Cracking stuff on the second green. All four boys within about 15 feet as Fisher chips on with a cute one. Meanwhile, on the fourth hole, Westwood chips out of a very sticky bunker with a brilliant chip shot. The ball spins back to within a couple of feet and massive cheers.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts tweeting from Celtic Manor: "MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY - I might be sinking with the amount of water down my jacket and in my shoes. Watching start at back of 1st tee"

0858: A quick round-up. Westwood/Kaymer one-up after three. McIlroy/McDowell one-up after one. Poulter/Fisher one-up after one. Watson/Overton one-up after one. Plenty of drama already and it's only been going for an hour. I need a lie-down.

US up
0856: Overton on the first green has a few drops on the edge of the green (remember the preferred lie rule). He's taking his time on this one. Commentator is suggesting "he's been nervous all week". Taking his time is not going to help his nerves. He's dug the putter out and it's only gone in. Stunning. Massive high-fives. He pumps the air with a brilliant three. Oh my lordy - And that's first blood to the US.

0852: Watson chips a low cheeky one into the first green and it doesn't hold back as much as he'd like. Back to the second hole - Rory McIlroy has a 15-footer for the hole but it drifts to the left. Big OOOhhhs from the crowd around the second green.

US skipper Corey Pavin: "My heart is pounding. It's fun. It's nice to get going, we've been waiting a long time. We've played in a lot of rain in Atlanta at the weekend so our guys are fresh from playing in it. We would love to be leading at the end of the day but whatever happens, happens."

0848: Johnson drags his putt wide and that's a wasted chance to get a hole back against Westwood and Kaymer.

European Up
0842: Sensational. Harrington looks a little shell-shocked as he drives the green and the third pairing are still to putt. Padraig - what are you doing my son? Anybody hit someone by doing that before? Tutt tutt. Stricker has a putt from the edge for a half - not a chance. That's a hole for Poulter/Fisher. Three up in three pairings.

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Leighton in Switzerland via text 81111: "Not meaning to be selfish but a 5 hour rain delay could suit nicely. A meeting meant I couldn't get off work this morning - I'm doing a 5 hour rain dance...in my head, of course"

Twitter
dexyroberts on Twitter: "stuck at work teaching all day. How can I possibly work the golf into my lessons in socialism? Any ideas?"

European Up
0837: And it's double blood for Europe. Westwood rattles in his putt to take the second hole against Mickelson/Johnson. European fans would settle for this start wouldn't they? Calling all you American fans - whinging about the good ol' British weather yet? It's not all about the sun on your back this sport is it.

0832: Poults snaps his shot and he's struggling on the first hole. They all are though. On to the first hole and the first tee for the fourth pairing. Donald down the middle and Harrington is another to go left. Overton down the middle and Bubba goes left. A bit of theme there. Early thoughts? Any tips for keeping the rain off a golfer's head?

0828: Stricker pulls his second shot short and into the wet sand. Fisher's first shot fell into someone's brolly apparently. A free drop. Nice. This is brutal. Fisher up next and he belts a wood from the rough right into the middle of the green. Brilliant. He may need a snorkel to find his ball though.

European Up
0824: Back to the second pair. McDowell has a putt for the hole. Just goes to the right by eight inches. (I measured that one) Kuchar's putt goes wide for at least single bogey. McDowell pops it in from 18 inches. Cracking second shot and that's first blood to Europe. That hole lasted 26 minutes. "As much water as grass" the commentator says.

0820: Pairing up next is Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington vs Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton. Ohhh Bubba Bubba. try it folks. Just say the name Bubba. It puts a smile on your face. Love it. Some are saying that if the rain continues they may have to bring the players in. Can everybody please have a "stop the rain dance". A sun dance is a bit optimistic but if there is a divine being listening out or reading the live text - c'mon please.

0818: The Tiger doth prowl. Can Poulter handle him? Everybody says how confident Mr Poults is. It's time to let his clubs do the talking. Stricker up first and it flies low and left. That's definitely found the long stuff - it might even be resting inside one of the spectator's wellies. Here goes Tiger. Another to go left. I know Tiger has super-human powers but he doesn't seem to be wearing a waterproof coat. Amazing. More like a white tanktop and a blue jumper. Shocking. Here's Poults. He opens the shoulders up and that's gone left as well. Not great. He might need a spade to get that one out. Has someone moved the hole? Fisher goes short and left. The beauty of golf eh. Same for both teams and all that.

0813: Massive cheers for "Europe". In fact it goes something like this: "Europe. Europe. Europe." I'm assuming there are some Americans tucked away there. Perhaps they looked out of the hotel window this morning and they've stayed in bed. Forecast not good for the next two hours Monty tells us. That boy knows everything.

0812: Puddles gathering on the greens. McDowell's second shot falls safe but Rory looks like he's found trouble. Cink and Kuchar have their work cut out on this second hole.

0810: Third pairing is Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher vs Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods.Monty is asked what would be a good score this morning? He says bluntly "a lead". Fair enough. Monty is fired to the max.

0806: Back to the first pairing. Kaymer finds the hole for a solid par. Johnson's putt drifts wide. And the first view of Tiger today and he's chomping on ...something. Westwood's long putt is for the hole ...but it goes left. Johnson plops it in and it's honours even for the first pair. A chance gone for Europe there but a steady start.

0804: Just to keep you updated. some of you have kicked my butt on this one. It is preferred lie. Looks like Kuchar finds the sandy stuff off the first tee. Preferred lie means the player can move the ball if it's stuck in a puddle or something similarly unpleasant. Cink looks very steady but he'll wish I hadn't said that because it looks like he's also found a dabble of Welsh sand. The rain is teaming down. Nothing worse than damp golf club handles. McDowell finds the fairway, it splashes on its first bounce and stops dead. This could definitely favour the Europeans. Here's Rory. And he finds a bit of long stuff but the lie looks OK.

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Will Goy in London, via text 81111: "Is it ever to early to get excited about the Ryder cup? Westwood will do worksop proud and lead Europe home! Come on Europe!"

0800: The cameras click away as the second pair get ready to wind up their drivers....

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Christian in Preston, via text 81111: "Goose bumps all ready. Day off work golf all day and saturday, then off to Andalucia sunday to watch the final afternoon with my Spanish friends!"

0755: Johnson chips in and it dances around two bunkers to find the middle of the green. A nice gentle 465-yard opening hole this one. The low clouds hang heavy as Kaymer zips one to the back and left of the green. Bit of pressure on Westwood now. So remember - in fourballs, it's the best ball out of the two that wins the hole. Westwood stays cool to loop one just to the edge of the green. A putt of about 12-15 feet for birdie. Match 2 up in a bit - Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell vs Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar

Twitter
declan_prendy on Twitter: "I feel like a nervous wreck, cant imagine how pumped the players are.! Its too early in the day to be this excited"

European Up
0748: Dustin Johnson steps up and BANG - he sends it wide and it's found the rough stuff to leave a few of the fans scampering. Mickelson bends swiftly down to the ball and THWACK - straight down the middle of the fairway. Westwood whacks his ball and it slowly creeps up behind Mickelson's ball, says howdy and stops four feet behind. Kaymer, donning a fluffy white bobble hat, also find the fairway. Steady steady stuff. Only Johnson struggling there. Too early for a European UP flag!? Are you kidding?

0746: A lot of thick coats in the galleries. The brollies have been tucked away for now. Plenty of hats. Plenty of big smiles though. Westwood and Kaymer get a huge cheer. Monty looks on apprehensively as he chews his lips. I hope the big Scot had breakfast this morning..... let's play golf.

0744: We're almost there. Huge roars for the players. Loads of comments so far by you. When things have settled a bit, I'll get as many up on the website as possible. Here we go..........


0740: Two minutes to go. 15 years ago Colin Montgomerie was playing on the first tee alongside Nick Faldo at Oak Hill. Faldo tells Monty he's playing the first shot. Monty: "Suddenly it became clear an achievement just to stand up." Phenomenal. We can all play that first shot on a pitch and putt with just a couple of mates watching. But with thousands watching within 10 feet, millions on TV and the hopes and expectations of a whole continent resting on your shoulders....massive. And here are the four players with that responsibility. Westwood and Kaymer up against Mickelson and Johnson. Will they stay stood up? Massive. Give me your thoughts NOW.

0738: I want to hear from you beautiful people. Anybody in Wales? Anybody made it into the office for an early one? Any Americans out there nervously chewing your bagels? Tweet me @bbcsport_mark, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message, or join the banter on 606.

Twitter
Ian Poulter on Twitter: "Having breakfast in the team room with Westwood, great sleep last night ready for the best of day of golf ever. Feel the energy"
This was obviously a little while ago. If Westwood's still chomping on his Welsh bacon and six fried eggs then Europe are in trouble.

0734: As daylight blesses the Celtic Manor course, here's Lee Westwood for a few words ahead of his match: "It's typical October weather in Britain. We're used to it! We've just got to get on with it. It will be very special"

0732: A few details on how you can get involved in a bit because I want all your opinions and predictions but a quick look at who's going to be clogging one down the first fairway in 13 minutes. Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer vs Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. Monty said yesterday it was crucial to get the momentum going in the morning - for the Europeans that is. Huge pressure on these boys. All four of them. They go off at 0745. There are four four-balls this morning.

0724: First things first. No, not nibble on my cream bun and slurp my first coffee of the day. There's talk of the 'preferred lie' rule at Celtic Manor. The water has been falling out of those Welsh clouds by the barrel load and to put it bluntly - the course is damp, puddly if you like. A decision on it shortly. The rule basically means you can move your ball if it's in a rubbish spot. More details in a sec...

0719: So many things to talk about it. So much history. So much of everything. Any ideas where to start? I'm pumped. I hope you are too.

0711: It's wet. It's windy. And it's the Ryder Cup. It's only the bloomin' Ryder Cup. Wake up folks. The waiting is over....



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Ryder Cup scores
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Ballesteros inspires Europe team
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McIlroy 'may face Woods backlash'
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Harrington 'best' in Cup practice
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