Ryder Cup Ready to Tee Off

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 18, 2008 8:06 PM CDT
USA's Phil Mickelson, right, shakes hands with Anthony Kim following their practice round for the Ryder Cup at the Valhalla Golf Club, in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008.    (Ed Reinke)
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(Newser) – The Ryder Cup gets under way tomorrow at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, with Americans looking to end a nearly decade-long drought against the Europeans. US captain Paul Azinger acknowledged some nerves today for the first time all week. "It's like drawing back a bow string," he said, motioning like an archer. "You pull it back for two years, and now you've got to let it fly. All you can do is hope you've got it pointed in the right direction."

He turned to Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim to set the right course. They will be the opening foursomes match tomorrow morning against Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson. Tomorrow and Saturday feature four matches of foursomes (alternate shot) and four matches of fourballs (better ball), with the Ryder Cup concluding Sunday with 12 singles matches.