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Banter early, pressure late in Ryder Cup

September 25, 2018
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Spectators watch above as Tiger Woods of the US plays from the 1st tee during practice at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, outside Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018 at Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Ryder Cup begins with banter and laughs. The pressure comes later.

The Europeans haven’t lost on home soil in 25 years. Half of their team was in America on Sunday for the Tour Championship won by Tiger Woods. They got together for the first time Monday night and laughed through a 10-minute video of Irish impressionist Conor Moore.

Francesco Molinari won the British Open while playing alongside Woods. The Italian says the pressure of trying to win his first major is nowhere near what he feels during a Ryder Cup.

After team photos Tuesday morning, players set out for their first official practice round at Le Golf National.

Woods was in the same practice group as Phil Mickelson, who is making his record 12th consecutive appearance.

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