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Jon Rahm cemented his status as Spain’s latest Ryder Cup superstar as Europe claimed a record-equalling five-point lead after an extraordinary opening day of the 44th Ryder Cup.
Captain Luke Donald’s decision to start with foursomes for the first time since 1993, when the United States last won on European soil, paid handsome dividends as his side swept an opening session for the first time ever.
Roared on by a partisan crowd at Marco Simone, the home side never trailed at any point in all four matches and their opponents won just 10 holes all morning.
Zach Johnson’s side threatened to stage a fightback as they led in all but one of the afternoon fourballs on the closing stretch, only for three European pairs to snatch half a point each in incredible fashion.
The five-point lead after the opening day equals the biggest in Ryder Cup history and was last achieved at Oakland Hills in 2004, when Europe went on to win by nine points. Get all the latest golf betting sites offers here
How can I watch it?
Viewers in the United Kingdom will be able to watch the Ryder Cup live on Sky Sports. Subscribers can also stream the event via the Sky Go app.
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Tee times and schedule
Tuesday 26 September – Thursday 28 September: Practice days with opening ceremony on Thursday evening.
Friday 29 September: Four foursome (alternate shot) matches in the morning and four fourball (better ball) matches in the afternoon.
6:35 Foursomes match 1: Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton 4&3 Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns
6:50 Foursomes match 2: Viktor Hovland Ludvig Aberg 4&3 Max Homa and Brian Harman
7:05 Foursomes match 3: Shane Lowry and Sepp Straka 2&1 Rickie Fowler and Collin Morikawa
7:20 Foursomes match 4: Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood 2&1 Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay
11:25 Fourball match 1: Viktor Hovland and Tyrrell Hatton A/S Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth
11:40 Fourball match 2: Jon Rahm and Nicolai Hojgaard A/S Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka
11:55 Fourball match 3: Robert MacIntyre and Justin Rose A/S Max Homa and Wyndham Clark
12:10 Fourball match 4: Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick 5&3 Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele
Saturday 30 September: Four foursome (alternate shot) matches in the morning and four fourball (better ball) matches in the afternoon.
6:35 Foursomes match 1: Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy vs Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth
6:50 Foursomes match 2: Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg vs Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka
7:05 Foursomes match 3: Shane Lowry and Sepp Straka vs Max Homa and Brian Harman
7:20 Foursomes match 4: Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton vs Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay
11:25 Fourball match 1
11:40 Fourball match 2
11:55 Fourball match 3
12:10 Fourball match 4
Sunday 1 October: 12 singles matches before closing ceremony.
11:35 Sunday singles (12 players tee off every 12 minutes (approximately 17:00 finish).
The home captain chooses which format is played in the morning and which in the afternoon on the first two days
Who are the captains?
The 2023 Ryder Cup will feature two new captains. The United States will be led by Zach Johnson, two-time major winner and five-time player at the event, while Luke Donald will guide Europe – the Englishman replaced Henrik Stenson in the role after the Swedish player was stripped of the captaincy after electing to join LIV Golf.
Who are the vice-captains?
Europe: Thomas Bjorn, Edoardo Molinari, Nicolas Colsaerts
USA: Steve Stricker, Davis Love III
What are the Ryder Cup teams?
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)
Jon Rahm (Spain)
Viktor Hovland (Norway)
Tyrrell Hatton (England)
Robert MacIntyre (Scotland)
Matt Fitzpatrick (England)
Tommy Fleetwood (England) – Captain’s Pick
Sepp Straka (Austria) – Captain’s Pick
Justin Rose (England) – Captain’s Pick
Shane Lowry (Ireland) – Captain’s Pick
Nicolai Højgaard (Denmark) – Captain’s Pick
Ludvig Åberg (Sweden) – Captain’s Pick
Sam Burns – Captain’s Pick
Rickie Fowler – Captain’s Pick
Brooks Koepka – Captain’s Pick
Collin Morikawa – Captain’s Pick
Jordan Spieth – Captain’s Pick
Justin Thomas – Captain’s Pick