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Keeping with Ryder Cup tradition, a 24-piece bag pipe band will help open the Matches. (Photo: Getty Images)
Keeping with Ryder Cup tradition, a 24-piece bag pipe band will help open the Matches. (Photo: Getty Images)

Star-studded line-up to highlight Opening Ceremonies

September 10, 2004

-- The PGA of America announced a star-packed line-up for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches Opening Ceremonies at Oakland Hills Country Club on Thurs., Sept. 16, from 4-6 p.m. EST.

Saluting the 75-year history and tradition of The Ryder Cup Matches and celebrating Detroit's musical sound, the Opening Ceremonies will feature Motown's legendary Funk Brothers with a number of popular music acts. The two-hour production will also feature appearances by Samuel L. Jackson, Donald Trump, 2004 Olympian Michael Phelps, Kathy Ireland, Angie Everhart, NBC Sports Dan Hicks, World Champion Detroit Piston's Coach Larry Brown and Detroit Red Wings Captain Steve Yzerman.

This year's Ceremonies feature an unprecedented level of talent. The 2004 Grammy Award-winning Funk Brothers will be joined by 17-time Grammy Award winner and bluegrass sensation Alison Krauss; rising musical prodigy Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon; and the international, Grammy-winning superstar Macy Gray.

The Ceremonies will also include the presentation of the U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams, led by Captains Hal Sutton and Bernhard Langer, respectively.

Entertainment will feature traditional music provided by a 24-piece bag pipe band and Celtic fiddler, mixed with the cool sounds of soul, bluegrass, country and western and pop music.

"We look forward to presenting one of the most exciting Opening Ceremonies in Ryder Cup history," said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. "We are thrilled to have a variety of talented entertainers just as excited as we are to help us kick off one of the biggest events in all of sport."

There will be more than 230 performers and cast members from Detroit and surrounding communities involved in the show, including the Windsor Police Pipe Band, Ann Arbor's Jeremy Kittel, a student drumline from Saginaw Valley High School, 150 Detroit Country Day students, anthem performers and band members.

Televised to an international audience, the Opening Ceremonies will air on USA Network from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. EST and The Golf Channel from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. EST.

Jack Morton Worldwide, the company behind the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, is producing the Opening Ceremonies for The 35th Ryder Cup Matches.

The 35th Ryder Cup Matches will be played on the Oakland Hills Country Club's South Course in Bloomfield Township, Mich., Sept. 14-19, 2004.
Since its inception in 1927, this biennial competition will be played for the first time ever in the state of Michigan -- and the first time the matches are played in the United States since 1999.

The Ryder Cup Matches is one of several major championships conducted by The PGA of America to promote interest in the game worldwide. Founded in 1916, The PGA is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women golf professionals who are dedicated to growing the game of golf. Proceeds from the Ryder Cup Matches support PGA membership and outreach programs, as well as designated Detroit-area charitable organizations. Additionally, The PGA directs $2.6 million to U.S. Captain and player designated charities and universities of their choice to help fund "Golf: For Business & Life," a PGA Growth of the Game initiative.

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