Thursday 27 November 2014

Ryder Cup opening ceremony

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The European team posed for photographers prior to the opening ceremony. Back row, left - right, Padraig Harrington, Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jimenez. Front Row; Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Team Captain Colin Montgomerie, Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari and Rory McIlroy
Prior to the opening ceremony the European team's wives and girlfriends posed for photographers: Front row, left - right, Laurae Westwood (Lee Westwood), Holly Sweeney (Rory McIlroy), Valentina Molinari (Francesco Molinari), Gaynor Montgomerie (Colin Montgomerie), Diane Donald (Luke Donald), Allison Micheletti (Martin Kaymer), Marian Jimenez (Miguel Angel Jimenez). Back row: Alison McGinley (Paul McGinley), Caroline Harrington (Padraig Harrington), Pernilla Bjorn (Thomas Bjorn), Katie Poulter (Ian Poulter), Anna Roscio (Edoardo Molinari), Alison Campbell (Darren Clarke), Sanna Hanson (Peter Hanson) and Jo Fisher (Ross Fisher)
Team captains, USA's Corey Pavin, left, and Europe's Colin Montgomerie shake hands at the start of the opening ceremony
Lisa Pavin, left, and Gaynor Montgomerie lead out the wives and girlfriends
The teams with their wives and girlfriends onstage
Spectators watch the opening ceremony take place at Celtic Manor
The European wives and girlfriends wave flags during the opening ceremony
Zach Johnson, left, Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink, right, stand for the US national anthem
USA team Captain Corey Pavin and Phil Mickelson, right, stand for their country's national anthem
The teams onstage during the opening ceremony
Padraig Harrington waves to the crowd from the stage
Martin Kaymer acknowledges the crowd
Irish pair Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell salute the crowd
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso speaks at the opening ceremony
Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods chat during the opening ceremony
Ian Poulter, centre, acknowledges the crowd
Stewart Cink of the USA reacts after team captain Corey Pavin forgets to announce him during the opening ceremony
US Ryder Cup players watch on as Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins entertains the crowd
Europe Ryder Cup team players applaud Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins
Stewart Cink of the USA reacts after team captain Corey Pavin forgets to announce him during the opening ceremony
Team captain of the USA, Corey Pavin, right, and wife Lisa and captain of Europe, Colin Montgomerie and Wife Gaynor leave the stage with the players and their wives and girlfriends

All photos: Getty Images (unless otherwise stated)

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