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The European Team pose in their Glenmuir attire(Getty Images)

Practice underway for Europe

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Europe's Ryder Cup players took to the fairways of Valhalla Golf Club for their first practice round since landing in Louisville, with Captain Nick Faldo deciding to send them out in groups of three rather than pairings.

Faldo and Vice Captain Jos� Maria Olaz�bal gave the Team a rousing pep talk on the first tee at 7.45am on Tuesday before the Team posed for the traditional photographs.

It was then time for the golf to begin with Faldo sending out Sergio Garcia, S�ren Hansen and Lee Westwood in the first grouping, with three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington joined by fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell and Swede Henrik Stenson.

Captain's picks Paul Casey and Ian Poulter were joined by Robert Karlsson, while Ryder Cup rookies Justin Rose and Oliver Wilson got their first taste of Valhalla alongside Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimen�z.

"Today is all about observation, learning the course," said Faldo as he sent his Team out on the course.

European Team Practice Groupings

Day One -- Tuesday 16th September

1. Sergio Garcia Lee Westwood S�ren Hansen

2. Padraig Harrington Henrik Stenson Graeme McDowell

3. Paul Casey Robert Karlsson Ian Poulter

4. Justin Rose Oliver Wilson Miguel Angel Jim�nez