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Day Three from the Ryder Cup - September 27

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Let the Games begin!! Pairing for opening round matchups tomorrow were announced and U.S. rookie Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson get the start in Match #2 vs. Europe's Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald at the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah (IL) Country Club at 8:35 a.m. EST. The format is alternate shot to begin the morning session which also includes the following matchups:

* Jim Furyk and Brant Snedeker (US) vs.Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell (Europe), 8:20 a.m. EST, Match #1

* Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson (US) vs. Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari, 8:50 a.m. EST, Match #3

* Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods (US) vs. Ian Poulter and Justin Rose (Europe), 9:05 a.m. EST, Match #4

Thursday's Opening Ceremonies highlighted the day where tradition and respect for the game of golf was the overriding theme. The European squad lauded former Ryder Cup captain Seve Ballesteros, who passed away in 2011, as this year's captain Jose' Maria Olazabal fought back tears for his good friend and mentor. U.S.captain Davis Love III, talked about this not being a battle like the senseless wars taking place across the world, but more of an athletic competition among friends.

"In today's society we need to rely on friends from all parts of the world," said Love III.

That labor of love could also be seen as Bradley and Mickelson ended their final practice round when a boy slipped through the ropes and the two pros gladly signed his flag and took a picture with the young boy. Then, as the crowd chanted U.S.A., both players signed autographs as a huge throng gathered behind the 18th green. Sergio Garcia of Europe did the same as he walked down the 18th fareway and was greated by another young admirer - put his arm around him and signed his cap.

Justin Timberlake, U.S. Ryder Cup Ambassador, and former American Idol vocalist Jordan Sparks added star power to the afternoon which concluded on a high note with both team's national anthems.

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