Ryder Cup opening ceremony

Some images of the opening ceremony ahead of the start of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles

Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony
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Some images of the opening ceremony ahead of the start of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles

Above, we take a look some pictures from Ryder Cup opening ceremony ahead of the start of the 2014 contest at Gleneagles.

Huge crowds were present to witness Paul McGinley and Tom Watson introduce their teams to the watching masses.

Watson was quick to emphasis the role of sportsmanship, saying both teams 'started on a note of friendship and would end the same way'.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers started proceding before members of the Junior Ryder Cup were introduced to the crowd.

Amy McDonald was then welcomed to the stage before Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmon expressed his delight at the return of the Ryder Cup to Scotland after a 41-year hiatus.

Both captains then gave speeches before revealing their Friday fourball pairings

They are as follows:

7.35am - Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson v. Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson

7.50am - Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer v. Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker

8.05am - Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher v. Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth

8.20am - Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia v. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley

Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony

The European team at the Ryder Cup opening ceremony

Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony

Both teams are introduced to the audience

Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony

The American WAGS team photo

Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony

Huge crowds attended the Ryder Cup opening ceremony

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