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Draw and tee-off times announced for Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy with pair off with Sergio Garcia. Credit: PA

The line-ups for the first morning's action in the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles have been announced. The Friday fourballs are as follows, with world number one Rory McIlroy squaring up to US heavyweight Phil Mickelson.

0735: Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson v Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson

0750: Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer v Ricky Fowler and Jimmy Walker

0805: Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter v Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed

0820: Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy v Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson

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Nigel Farage declares his support for Europe's Ryder Cup team

Betting firm Paddy Power have teamed up with Nigel Farage to produce the unlikeliest show of support for Europe's Ryder Cup team.

In a mock party political broadcast, notorious Eurosceptic and UKIP leader Farage is filmed urging people to "show those fist-bumping, flag-waving Yanks what us Europeans are really made of once and for all."

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said "We don't take sides when it comes to politics but we certainly do when it comes to the Ryder Cup. And when Nigel is coming out for Europe you know the whole continent is behind the team."

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Phil Mickelson has tongue-in-cheek dig at Europe's Ryder Cup team

Mickelson pictured here during a practice session at Gleneagles. Credit: PA

Ryder Cup veteran Phil Mickelson could not resist a tongue-in-cheek dig at the only element of Europe's preparations which had the slightest whiff of disharmony.

Much of the talk leading up to the players arriving at Gleneagles was about the relationship between Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in light of the world number one's court case against his former management company into which his fellow Northern Irishman has been dragged.

Both players and captain Paul McGinley have allayed any concerns but in trying to accentuate the togetherness of the United States team Mickelson joked about the issue.

"Not only are we able to play together, we also don't litigate against each other and that's a real plus, I feel, heading into this week," said the 44-year-old, who added with a smile: "I couldn't resist."

Military veterans address US Ryder Cup team

Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson enlisted two American military veterans to provide inspiration for his USA players before Friday's tee-off at Gleneagles.

A marine and a soldier, both members of the charity Wounded Warriors, spoke to Watson's men on Tuesday evening.

"It was a very sobering experience. It did give perspective. We make it (the Ryder Cup) a big deal but it's not that big a deal.

"Look at what those men did, what other people do, they work for a living. We play a game for a living."

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