European team captain Bernhard Langer waves to the crowd during the Opening Ceremonies for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 16 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Crowds Flock to Glitzy Ceremony
September 16, 2004
On a sun drenched afternoon at Oakland Hills Country Club, the Opening Ceremonies officially started proceedings at The 35th Ryder Cup Matches.
With thousands of fans in attendance an impressive ceremony went ahead that featured players, officials and a host celebrities from the American sporting and entertainment world.
In a spectacular arena that incorporated two huge grandstands and two massive video screens, a huge runway carried a procession of stars up to a high tech stage throughout the two hour event.
Donald Trump, one of America's most celebrated businessman, and swimmer Michael Phelps, winner of a record tying eight Olympic gold medals this summer, were just a few of the stars who helped get the ceremony started.
The highlight came when Captains Bernhard Langer and Hal Sutton and the European and American teams took to the stage to cheers of the spectators. The two captains proudly introduced their teams and gave spirited speeches.
"We as players and captains could not wish for a finer setting than this for this historic occasion. We intend to uphold the unique traditions and high standards which have been passed down from one generation of great golfers to another," said Langer.
"We have total respect for the virtues of true competitive sportsmanship on which The Ryder Cup has flourished for almost 80 years. Captain's Curtis Strange and Sam Torrance and all the players set a wonderful example of great sportsmanship and an example for all of us to follow. That is why I invite every spectator and every fan to uphold the integrity which makes golf such a special game in the eyes of the sporting world," added Langer.
An emotional Sutton said how special it was to be leading his side for the first time and jokingly said to Langer: "You dealt me two loses both at the Belfry but we are on home turf now!"
The glitzy event was helped brought to a close by a fly past by Air Force fighters plus a musical finale by Chaka Khan and the Funk Brothers.
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- McGinley & Harrington (9/18/04)
- Clarke, Garcia, Westwood, & Donald (9/18/04)
- Bernhard Langer - Afternoon (9/18/04)
- Hal Sutton - Afternoon (9/18/04)
- Toms & Mickelson (9/18/04)
- Chris DiMarco (9/18/04)
- Bernhard Langer (9/18/04)
- Hal Sutton (9/18/04)
- Casey & Howell (9/18/04)
- Stewart Cink (9/18/04)
- Garcia & Westwood (9/18/04)
- Haas & DiMarco (9/18/04)
- Chad Campbell (9/18/04)
- Colin Montgomerie (9/17/04)
- Chris Riley (9/18/04)
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- Clarke & Poulter (9/18/04)
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