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Early Ryder Cup Atmosphere Contentious as Matches Begin

September 28th, 2012 at 9:13 AM
By Joe MacDonald

Things are already a little contentious among the teams as the 39th Ryder Cup kicked off this morning at Medinah Country Club in Chicago.

Team Europe are the holders of the cup after their win in 2010 and Team USA will be looking to recapture the trophy on home soil.

With the crowd already into it, several American players including Zach Johnson, have been urging the crowd on to get even more excited.

In match number one, the tension was increased when U.S. veteran Jim Furyk contested a European request for relief from a green side sprinkler head. After the head referee was consulted, the request for relief was denied. The European team of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell went on to bogey the hole and Furyk and his partner Brandt Snedeker took a one-up lead when Snedeker made a six-foot par putt.

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Keegan Bradley, maybe the Americans most emotional player, got his Ryder Cup career kick-started with a made birdie putt on the second green to give him and Phil Mickelson a one-up lead over Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.

Lee Westwood and Francisco Molinari lead Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner 1-up after the American Duo failed to make par on number one.

Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker are on the first tee against Justin Rose and Ian Poulter in the first session's final match.

Looks like an interesting day already.

Tags: Golf, Jim Furyk, Medinah, Ryder Cup, Team Europe, Team USA

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