Finau hits first tee shot to open 42nd Ryder Cup

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Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP)

American Tony Finau blasted the opening tee shot to begin the 42nd Ryder Cup on Friday as the United States launched their quest for a first win on European soil in 25 years.

More than 7,000 spectators at Le Golf National jammed into the largest first-tee grandstand in Ryder Cup history, cheering and screaming to produce a roar unique to the emotional atmosphere of the biennial team golf showdown.

Four morning four-ball matches were set to be followed by four afternoon foursomes matches on Friday and Saturday with 12 concluding singles matches Sunday.

Tiger Woods, the 14-time major champion and top attraction in the three-day event, was set to join Patrick Reed, known for shushing opposing fans as they taunt him, in the final four-ball match against reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy and England's Tommy Fleetwood, one of four rookies for Europe in the opening session.