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The Latest: Tiger on the course again at Ryder Cup

By The Associated Press
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SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

Tiger Woods is on the course at the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2012.

Coming off his first victory in more than five years in the Tour Championship, Woods received a warm round of applause from the pro-European crowd when introduced at the first tee with teammate Patrick Reed. They are facing Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood in the anchor match of Friday morning fourballs.

After Woods settled for par at the first hole, Molinari put the Europeans ahead with a birdie.

Woods answered at the par-3 second, evening the match with a tee shot to about 6 feet and a conceded birdie.

The Ryder Cup is one of the few mediocre marks on Woods' career. He has a 13-17-3 record while playing on just one winning team in seven appearances.

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8:40 a.m.

Ryder Cup rookie Tony Finau got the honor of hitting the first shot at Le Golf National.

He was a little too pumped up.

Teeing off with a 3-iron, Finau drove his ball to the edge of the water at No. 1, leading to a bogey. The 29-year-old American turned to his playing partner, Brooks Koepka, with a look of disbelief.

"Wow," Finau mouthed.

Justin Rose gave Europe a quick lead with a brilliant approach that stopped about 3 feet from the cup, resulting in a birdie putt that was little more than a tap-in.

Rose is playing with Jon Rahm in the first fourballs match of the day.

Rahm and Koepka settled for par.

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7:25 a.m.

Thousands of fans are filling up the massive grandstand behind the first tee at the Ryder Cup in the dark, anticipating the start of matches between two of the strongest teams ever assembled for the matches.

The stadium-like grandstand at Le Golf National holds nearly 7,000 people, and thousands more are taking up space down the fairway as Europe sets out to defend its turf. The Americans are coming off a Ryder Cup victory two years ago in Minnesota. They have not won in Europe since 1993.

U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka will partner with Tony Finau in the opening fourballs match against Justin Rose and Jon Rahm. Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed are in the anchor match.

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