Couple of miscues, lots of chanting on opening hole

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Bubba Watson entices the crowd on the opening hole of the 40th Ryder Cup. (Getty)

GLENEAGLES, Scotland – If there was ever an ominous start to the Ryder Cup, it happened on the first tee Friday morning.

Longtime starter Ivor Robson introduced the first player as Bubba Watson – only to quickly correct himself, as it was partner Webb Simpson hitting the first shot. And the follies didn’t stop there, as Simpson popped up his tee shot, barely reaching the fairway.

Otherwise, though, the stadium atmosphere at the first tee was as raucous as ever, with the European fans serenading team members with songs of varying inspirational measures.



For Ian Poulter: “Walking in a Poulter wonderland…”

For Thomas Bjorn: “Bjorn beats the USA…”

For Stephen Gallacher: “There’s only one Stevie G…”

For Martin Kaymer: “Kaymer, Kaymer, Kaymer, Kaymer chameleon…”

The scene wasn’t without its star power, either. United States super-fan Michael Jordan lingered nearby, even taking a selfie with European vice captain Miguel Angel Jimenez.