Ryder Cup 2021 opening ceremony live: latest updates and news as Friday pairings announced

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10:34PM

The home team

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 Fancy. Some ties need a bit of work, though. 

10:32PM

Padraig Harrington makes his speech

There is no question, the Ryder Cup is a special occasion. Has there ever been the prospect of a Ryder Cup quite as special as this one? I admit there were times when I feared this might not happen. Even after the match was rescheduled there was talk of whether there would be any fans at all. 

Steve and I are here, our teams are here, our caddies are here but more importantly you are here. You, the fans make this Ryder Cup what it is. Let’s make this the best Ryder Cup there ever has been.

10:23PM

Reminder that the first day’s pairings should be confirmed/revealed/announced at 10.45pm BST

That’s the most significant thing happening this evening. 

10:20PM

And now it’s the turn of the home team

Yeah. They are winning the style game if nothing else. Not sure if they are woollen blazers (or sports jackets…), but a nice contrasting light blue (Oxford?) shirt with darker tie. 

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10:18PM

Out come the European team

Here they were, a little earlier on…

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10:14PM

Wisconsin native Steve Stricker…

This is my back yard. This is home. Those are my people out there. This is Wisconsin’s finest right here. We couldn’t be happier or prouder. 

10:14PM

Padraig Harrington speaks

We’ve been waiting for years… it was so much in doubt, even at one stage we were wondering if there would be spectators. We’re raring to go. 

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10:13PM

Out come the European captain and his vice-captains

They get a smattering of applause…

Steve Stricker and his gang come out to something a little more, if not entirely… rapturous. Have to say I prefer the outfits of the Americans. 

10:09PM

What, exactly, is a Ryder Cup opening ceremony?

We’re about five minutes in and I am still not sure. A lot of hot air and bluster and not a lot of substance.  A quick roll call from the presenters finds out that most of the fans are there to support USA (USA! USA! USA!). 

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Out come the wives and partners of the players and captains. How very quaint…

10:04PM

The opening ceremony has started

Rob Riggle is on MC duties. Weather looks a bit grey. 

9:49PM

How Europe can upset the odds and win the Ryder Cup on American soil 

USA are odds-on favourites to keep the Ryder Cup on their side of the Atlantic, but the winds could be blowing in Europe’s favour. James Corrigan takes a look at how the visitors can retain the Cup. 

9:37PM

Europe’s players share their thoughts ahead of the first day’s play

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9:13PM

How will it go? Ryder Cup predictions: Our experts’ verdicts – from which team will win to most likely flashpoint

These events can often be tempestuous and feisty affairs. Even when they are good-natured, the crowd can whip things up. That’s no bad thing. But how do our team of experts think this one will play out? The USA team is packed with star talent, but lacks the experience of the European’s line-up. Does that matter? Read the full piece here. 

8:43PM

Want to know more about the challenges of Whistling Straits?

Severe drop-offs, dunes, a near 100-yard bunker and Lake Michigan await the players at the 43rd Ryder Cup. Read our comprehensive hole-by-hole guide to the Wisconsin course here. 

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6:29PM

Good evening

It’s the eve of the 2021 Ryder Cup and that means two things. One, the opening ceremony. Two, the pairings for tomorrow’s foursomes and fourballs will be announced by both captains. Now, you may find one of those things more exciting and interesting than the other but we have it all covered. The opening ceremony begins at 9pm BST and at the end of it all, the pairings will be announced. 

Meanwhile, Paul Casey is hoping to make the most of another Ryder Cup appearance, this time as an automatic qualifier. 

Casey played in Europe’s successive nine-point victories in 2004 and 2006 – famously ending one match at the K Club with a hole-in-one – as well as the defeat at Valhalla in 2008.

But he was then overlooked for a wild card in 2010 by captain Colin Montgomerie, despite being ranked seventh in the world at the time, and was not even a member of the European Tour for a number of years before rejoining in 2017 and getting a wild card the following year in Paris.

“There was a time pre-Paris that I thought I might never play another Ryder Cup, having missed a couple, more than a couple,” said Casey.

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“I was quite emotional in Paris because of that gap. The form I had been through and to be part of that great team in Paris has been one of the most special moments of my career.

“The fact I was a pick made me sort of nervous coming down the last few weeks. This one I felt much more comfortable.

“And now I’m even looking at Westy [Lee Westwood] going, ‘How many more can I play? I think Westy is 48. I’m 44 thinking can I squeeze a couple more out?

“It’s amazing how my view on it has changed going from maybe I’m done, to what does the future hold?”

A United States team featuring eight of the world’s top 10 are odds-on favourites to regain the trophy after their comprehensive defeat in Paris, but Casey is quietly confident the visitors can pull off another upset victory.

“I think firstly the dynamic is brilliant,” the 44-year-old added. “I don’t like to compare teams and say this team is better than another team I’ve played on. But this team as a unified team is so strong.”

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