Opening ceremony reveals partnerships for Friday morning

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The Ryder Cup officially opened at 5.00pm on Thursday afternoon when Colin Montgomerie and Corey Pavin announced their pairings for Fridays fourballs and foursomes.

Teeing off for Europe first will be Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer and they will be up against Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.

Westwood and Kaymer will want to get Europe off to a strong start and as long as Westwood has fully recovered from injury, the two can beat an out-of sorts Mickelson and sometimes erratic Johnson.

Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar will face Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy in a natural pairing for the European side.

The worst kept secret of the Ryder Cup sees the Northern Ireland duo face another friendly duo in Cink and Kuchar but the European duo should be too strong for the Americans.

Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods have the best chance of registering their first point of the day when they take on Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher.

Poulter has a great Ryder Cup record but Ross Fisher is untried at Ryder Cup level and he may find it tough against the American dream team of Stricker and Woods.

Luke Donald will partner Padraig Harrington in the fourth fourball when they take on Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton.

This is the most intriguing match-up of the day with two European wild cards taking on two European rookies and whilst Donald’s Ryder Cup record is good, Harrington is out of form and the two rookies will be hopeful of securing a point for America.

Odds for tomorrow’s markets will appear as soon as possible.

Europe are heavily fancied at 8/13 to win the Ryder Cup. See the full 2010 Ryder Cup betting odds market here.

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