Phelps spoke at U.S. team dinner Monday night

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CHASKA, Minn. – On Monday afternoon the Ryder Cup clock officially began for Team USA.

By early afternoon all 12 American players had arrived for this week’s matches and went through the final paces of being fit for their uniforms.

Captain Davis Love III hosted a team dinner that included a speech by U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps.

“Michael talked to us a lot about the Olympic experience and Team USA and how much fun it was for him to have the four American golfers down there [in Rio] because he's such a big golf fan,” Love said.

After the dinner, Love told his team they were free to rest and prepare for Tuesday’s practice rounds, but said most ended up in the team room trading Ryder Cup stories.

“We had the whole team in our dining room sitting around listening to Phil and Tiger and Brandt and Jim Furyk tell stories,” Love said. “This is what the Ryder Cup is all about. We don't get to do this that much, hang out together and talk and go to dinner all as one big group. So it was a great big kickoff.”