Jets roared overhead, flags were raised and national anthems sung as the biennial battle between Europe and the USA kicked into high gear Thursday with the Ryder Cup opening ceremonies.
European Ryder Cup Captain Jose Maria Olazabal (L) breaks down as the speaker pays tribute to the late Seve Ballesteros during the opening ceremony of The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Golf Club in Medinah, Illinois. Aslo pictured Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium (C) and Luke donald of England (R).
The one hour outdoor ceremony on the stage in front of the clubhouse of the Medinah Country Club began with a heart-warming poem from master of ceremonies Justin Timberlake and ended with the announcement of the pairings for Friday's opening matches.
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