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  • Davis Love III pairs Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in opening foursome.
  • Europe aiming for a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory.
  • First round begins at 1:35pm BST on Friday afternoon.
23:26

There we have it, then. The fourball pairings for the opening round of the 2016 Ryder Cup (all times BST):

Match 1: 1:35pm
USA - Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed

Europe - Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson

Match 2: 1:50pm
USA - Phil Mickelson and and Rickie Fowler

Europe - Rory McIlory and Andy Sullivan

Match 3: 2:05pm
USA - Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson

Europe - Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer

Match 4: 2:20pm
USA - Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar

Europe - Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters

Excited yet? There's not much longer to wait. Join us for the next three days for every shot.

23:17

Nick Howson at Hazletine

No doubt where the standout match of tomorrow's fourballs comes from, with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed - who enjoyed such great success at Medinah - facing the Olympic champion Justin Rose and The Open winner Henrik Stenson. That is a cracker waiting to happen.

"There are few other shocks to really speak of, but perhaps worth noting that Danny Willett has been omitted from the opening round after he admitted to being distracted by his brother's controversial column. Thomas Pieters and Andy Sullivan will both make their debuts in the morning.

23:16

Match 4

USA - Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar
Europe - Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters

23:14

Match 3

USA - Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson
Europe - Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer

23:11

Match 2

USA - Phil Mickelson and and Rickie Fowler

Europe - Rory McIlory and Andy Sullivan

23:10

And the first pairing teeing off at 7:35am (1:35pm BST)

Match 1

Europe - Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson
USA - Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed

23:08

Darren Clarke and Davis Love III are back on stage to share the pairings with us. Here we go...

23:02

We've just surged past the hour mark here, but we still have the fourball pairings to be announced! Hang on for a bit.

23:00

Phil Mickelson gets the biggest cheer of the lot and the crowd breaks out into chants of 'USA, USA, USA.' Right on cue, it's time for The Star-Spangled Banner...

22:58

And now we head down the USA line as Love introduces his select 12.

22:57

After introducing his vice-captains, Love makes pays one more brilliant tribute to The King.

There is one more captain here working for both teams. Our friend, Arnold Palmer.

22:56

Davis Love III:

Darren, you and I became friends through our play at the Ryder Cup. We will talk about what happens here for rest of our lives, whatever happens. We will be talking about it forever and remain friends no matter what. That is the spirit of the game.

22:56

Davis Love III:

Darren, you and I became friends through our play at the Ryder Cup. We will talk about what happens here for rest of our lives, whatever happens. We will be talking about it forever and remain friends no matter what. That is the spirit of the game.

22:51

Team USA captain Davis Love III is now summoned to the stage.

22:46

And up goes the European flag to the anthem Ode to Joy. It's good, but I preferred it when it was used in Die Hard.

22:45

Nick Howson at Hazeltine

Very nicely done by Darren Clarke, a speech he had mentioned this week he was concerned about delivering. He can relax now.

22:43

Clarke now takes us down the line, individually introducing the members of Team Europe, who whip their sunglasses off to give the applauding crowd a smile and a wave.

22:42

Clarke now pays tribute to the caddies and the WAGs, before thanking his "friend" Davis Love III.

22:40

Darren Clarke continues:

What does it mean (representing Europe?) There are many elements that epitomise whats it is all about. For me, more than more any other, one thing sums up what it feels like to represent Europe. Pride. I am so proud to be captain and that pride stems from the people I am representing.

22:37

Team Europe captain Darren Clarke hits the stage now.

It is an honour and privilege to stand here today as captain of Team Europe.

"It's been a long road but we are delighted to be here. The start of the week was tinged with sadness here and around the world at passing of Arnold Palmer.

"Golf didnt just lose the King, it also lost a true legend of the game, the thoughts of everyone from Team Europe are with his friends and family at this time.

22:31

Nick Howson at Hazeltine

Plenty of derision at role of this opening ceremony, but it is fair to say the tribute played to Palmer makes all the pomp and circumstance complete worth it. If the two presenters could dial down their painted on smiles that would be superb, too.

22:30

David Murchie, Chairman of The PGA, is now on stage, thanking everyone and everything, even the weather.

22:29

It's like a Blues Brothers tribute in the front row where Team Europe are sat.

22:24

Now a video tribute to the late, great Arnold Palmer is being shown on the big screen on stage. A who's who of golfing icons pay their respects to The King, whose death was announced at the start of this week.

A moment of silence follows.