Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2023 Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy

American rookie Tony Finau got the 2018 Ryder Cup under way as he played the first tee-shot at Le Golf National at 8.10am on Friday.

Playing alongside three-time Major Champion Brooks Koepka in the morning fourballs, the 29 year old narrowly avoided the water down the right side with a three-iron.

World Number Three Koepka fared slightly better, safely finding the fairway with his opening shot.

Justin Rose and Jon Rahm

A huge roar went up as the name of European Ryder Cup stalwart Justin Rose was announced and he did not disappoint - launching his ball down the right side.

And his partner Jon Rahm called for even more noise from the vocal home supporters as he stepped up to the first tee, before ripping one down the fairway.

After a sensational approach shot from rookie Rahm left him with about 12 feet for his birdie, Koepka pitched his attempt up to go just as close to the hole. 

Not to be outdone, Rose sent his to within a couple of feet of the cup before rolling in to put Europe one up at the earliest opportunity.

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