The Ryder Cup is back and in Paris for the first time.
Le Golf National in Paris is the stage for this year’s Ryder Cup and it promises to be cracker.
There’s a star-studded array of talent on both teams but the course provides an interesting contest with water featuring prominently on key holes.
And while the real Ryder Cup action gets underway on Friday today the former captains get their chance to shine.
The traditional Captains Match takes place at Le Golf National ahead of the Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony.
America will be keen to get their own back on the Europeans after Paul McGiney and Ian Woosnam inspired victory at Hazeltine in 2016.
But in the end Darren Clarke’s side came unstuck when it got to the main event.
How does it work?
The Captain’s Match sees former Ryder Cup captains go head-to-head in a 10-hole scramble at Le Tour National.
The match will be played over holes 1-8, 11 and 12.
Who is playing this year?
Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw and Hal Sutton
Tony Jacklin, Paul McGinley, Mark James and Jose Maria Olazabal
12.05 – Corey Pavin and Tom Lehman v Tony Jacklin and Paul McGinley;
12.20 – Ben Crenshaw and Hal Sutton v Mark James and Jose Maria Olazabal
The Real Ryder Cup begins Friday
Captain: Thomas Bjorn
Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen, with Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson making up the four wildcard picks.
Captain: Jim Furyk
Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, with wildcard selections Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau.
Furyk‘s side will be looking to replicate what they did under Davis Love III in 2016 where they were victorious by 17 points to 11.
“There’s not a worry on my end of any overconfidence or complacency,” said the American captain.
“No one is putting the cart before the horse here.”
Bjorn, meanwhile, admitted he dreads a repeat of the opening session whitewash from two years ago which set the United States on their way to Ryder Cup glory in Minnesota.
Bjorn was serving as a vice-captain to Darren Clarke in 2016 as Europe suffered a 4-0 defeat in the Friday foursomes.
“I think you build your whole mind up about that first day, and how you see that evolving, and you obviously have a plan for Saturday, but that can change from where you are,” he said.
“You don’t want to fall behind and see your whole plan that you’ve laid out falling apart in that first session, and that’s what it did for Darren. It’s not easy as a captain.
“I would dread being 4-0 down after Friday morning’s session, but I think any captain would do that.
“You can’t do anything but second-guess yourself if you’re in that situation but in the end, players have to go out on the golf course and play their golf and do the things that they need to do on the golf course.
“That was an unfortunate start for us last time, and hopefully we’re not in that situation on Friday.”