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The European Team pose in front of the plane after arriving at Metro Airport in Detroit for The 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September 13, 2004 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
The European Team pose in front of the plane after arriving at Metro Airport in Detroit for The 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September 13, 2004 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Europe Touch Down in Detroit


September 14, 2004


After a smooth and luxurious flight across the Atlantic the European Ryder Cup Team arrived safely in Detroit on Monday, September 13, and were greeted at Detroit Wayne County Airport by Hal Sutton, Captain of the United States Team.


Bernhard Langer and his side flew in on one of Virgin Atlantic's new Airbus A340-600s, which is the longest plane in the world, looking relaxed and eager to begin The 35th Ryder Cup Matches at Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Township.


"It has been a long journey campaigning and getting ready, preparing to enjoy this week's competition. To arrive here in the United States of America as members of the European Team is a great moment and we are dedicated to upholding the true spirit and the sporting tradition of the Ryder Cup, and the game of golf," said Langer, at a press conference held at the airport.


"We wish you, Hal, and your team, good luck. We will guarantee that this match will further enhance the bond and friendship that already exists between us. We promise you a sporting contest, but I should also let you know Hal, that we have enjoyed having this trophy in Europe for the last two years, and it is our intention to take it back home next Monday," added Langer.


Langer stepped off the plane with 11 members of his team and was met at the airport by Luke Donald, who has his home in the United States.


Said Langer: "I think the last Ryder Cup two years ago was a great example of what the Ryder Cup should be and can be. I think Curtis Strange and Sam Torrance and their 24 players set a great example. I think Hal's and mine intention is to follow in the footsteps and to continue the tradition for many years to come."


Also on the Virgin Atlantic flight were a host of VIPS, officials and guests. Passengers were treated to a special Ryder Cup menu which included Mrs Langer's Black Forest Gateau and a Ryder Cup Square Pie. Prior to take off the plane was officially named the Queen of Clubs. Virgin Atlantic are The Official Airline of the 2004 Team Europe.

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