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The fourball session kicks off the Ryder CupGetty

The 2014 Ryder Cup officially gets underway with the fourball session followed by the afternoon foursomes at Gleneagles.

Where to Watch Live:

Live coverage of the opening day begins on Friday 26 September at 07.00 BST. Live coverage is available throughout the day on Sky Sports Ryder Cup and Sky 2. Live coverage will also be available through BBC Radio 5 live.

Overview:

The opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup on Thursday 25 September gave us the strongest indication yet of the colour and anticipation reverberating around Gleneagles. After a warm welcome for both teams, things quickly got down to business as Europe and United States captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley's pairings for the opening fourballs were revealed.

Masters champion Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson will open the proceedings against European duo Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson in the first session of the morning.

Perhaps the most intriguing duels of the draw comes in round three where American debutants Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed square off against Europe's newcomer Stephen Gallacher and the man who inspired his team to victory in Medinah two years ago, Ian Poulter.

World number one Rory McIlroy and his partner Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, take the last slot of the opening session against Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson.

Friday fourball pairings:

07.35: Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson (USA) against Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (Europe)

07.50: Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker (USA) against Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer (Europe)

08.05: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed (USA) against Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter (Europe)

08.20: Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley (USA) v Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia (Europe)

Friday foursomes pairings:

Jamie Donaldson and LeE Westwood (Europe) against Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar (USA)

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (Europe) against Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson (USA)

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia (Europe) v Jimmy Walker and Ricky Fowler (USA)

Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell (Europe) v Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley (USA)

What the captains said:

Paul McGinley: "We have got 12 strong players and I could have come up with many different combinations. Stephen Gallacher is out there with a guy in Ian Poulter who is going to enjoy the atmosphere that he will bring.

"I am more concerned with what we are doing rather than what the American pairings are to be honest. They are a strong team, make no mistake." [via Sky Sports]

Tom Watson: "The fourballs are a good place for our three rookies to get their feet wet. They play every ball.

"You can't play all 12 guys, you have to sit four of them, and you can probably bet that Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk will be playing in the afternoon.

"I have told my team, especially the rookies, that they cheer just as loud here as in United States. You have to expect them to cheer when you miss putts, it is all part of the contest, all part of going to the ball game." [via Sky Sports]