Noisy fans urge Europe on at start of singles

Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:23am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Thousands of excited fans thronged the first tee three and a half hours before the start of the 12 final-day singles matches as the anticipation built at the 40th Ryder Cup on Sunday.

The European supporters, confident their team would not let slip a 10-6 overnight lead, belted out soccer-style chants at the top of their voices from the huge grandstands on a sunny day at Gleneagles.

"If you're not excited by all this you must be dead," four-times Europe captain Tony Jacklin told Sky Sports television. "It's an incredible atmosphere and they've been here since first thing this morning.

"They will be thinking Paul McGinley's men are almost there but with match play golf you just never know. I believe Europe will win comfortably by three or four points although we've seen some great last-day comebacks before."

Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell eventually went out at 1136 local time in the pivotal number one slot in the order, up against U.S. rookie Jordan Spieth.

"You've got Big Mac, we've got G-Mac," yelled the crowd who were led by the noisy yellow and blue-clad 'Guardians of the Ryder Cup' group standing up at the front of the stands.


U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler watches his shot from the rough on the first hole during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Phil Noble