Practice and preparation at Valhalla before 2008 Ryder Cup

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Ryder Cup Preview: ThursdayNick Faldo, captain of the European team, and Paul Azinger, captain of the U.S. team, walked out with their teams during the opening ceremony.
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Kim and Mickelson signed autographs between holes.
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Captain Nick Faldo sent the Europeans out in groups of three on Tuesday. Sergio Garcia, Soren Hansen and Lee Westwood played together.
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Miguel Angel Jiminez, Justin Rose and Oliver Wilson also played together.
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Rose joked with Wilson as they crossed the bridge to the second tee.
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Jim Furyk of the U.S. team played with J.B. Holmes.
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Ryder Cup Preview: MondayEuropean captain Nick Faldo arrived in Louisville with the Ryder Cup trophy. Faldo played in 11 Ryder Cups finishing with a record of 23-19-4.
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"I've got 12 guys who want to win," Faldo said.
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Faldo tried to keep the trophy away from U.S. captain Paul Azinger.
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"You brought a great team over this year. I've been marveling how well you've been playing," Azinger said to Faldo. "I know we'll be a bit of an underdog. Hopefully, we can rise to the occasion and put on a good show."
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All 12 players on the European team are ranked in the top 50.
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The 9-carat gold Ryder Cup trophy was made in 1926.
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Crews spent Monday morning cleaning up fallen trees that littered the course after Hurricane Ike swept through the Ryder Cup site.
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A TV tower near the 12th hole collapsed during the storm.
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The portable toilet area was hit with several large trees.
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Leaves covered much of the ground in spectator areas.
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Scenes from Sunday Signs were knocked down by strong winds on Sunday.
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"The PGA of America is working to clean up all affected areas and is confident that when spectators arrive on Tuesday for the first full practice round," said Kerry Haigh of the PGA of America.
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A fan of the European team waited for his team.
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Ryder Cup Preview: Tuesday Ryder Cup rookie Anthony Kim and veteran Phil Mickelson, here with swing coach Butch Harmon, far left, played their first practice round on Tuesday.
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From left to right: Stewart Cink, Steve Stricker, Ben Curtis and Chad Campbell.
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Back rows, from left: European team members Lee Westwood, Robert Karlsson, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stensen, Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Soren Hansen. Front row: Paul Casey, Oliver Wilson, captain Nick Faldo, assistant captain Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia.
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Padraig Harrington will try to rebound after a poor performance in the 2006 Ryder Cup. Harrington went 0-4-1 in '06.
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Former Ryder Cup captains Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus attended the opening ceremony.
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Muhammad Ali, a Louisville native, surprised Phil Mickelson and the other Ryder Cup players.
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Ali also visited the European team.
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Mickelson will try to get the U.S. off to a good start Friday morning. The U.S. hasn't led after the first day since 1995.
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Nicklaus visited with the European team during their practice round.
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Sergio Garcia has played every Ryder Cup since 1999.
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Ian Poulter and Justin Rose worked together during their practice round.
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Ryder Cup Preview: Wednesday The U.S. team has lost 18 1/2 - 9 1/2 in the last two Ryder Cups. They are also playing without world No. 1 Tiger Woods.
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While the U.S. team posed for pictures, Sergio Garcia and the European team played a practice round.
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Garcia went 4-1 in the 2006 Ryder Cup.
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Lee Westwood won four points for the Euros in 2006.
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Justin Rose is a rookie on the European team, but he has a been a marquee player since he won the Order of Merit last season.
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A fan of the European team came out early for the practice round.
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Phil Mickelson has won only one match in the past two Ryder Cups.
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Anthony Kim made his first Ryder Cup team despite less than two full years on Tour.
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The matches are set to begin on Friday.