Excitement builds ahead of Ryder Cup


Dustin Johnson of the US plays a shot on the 1st tee during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Dustin Johnson of the US plays a shot on the 1st tee during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Rickie Fowler of the US, left, listens to Dustin Johnson of the US during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Phil Mickelson of the US tees off the 3rd hole during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — With the sun beating down on Le Golf National, European and American players are getting in their final practice before the start of the Ryder Cup.

Tiger Woods might be taking it easy, though.

Woods chose not to take a tee shot in front of thousands of spectators who were gathered around what is set to be an atmospheric first tee.

Instead, he let playing partners Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas take their shots and walked down the fairway with them.

The opening ceremony and the draw for Friday’s morning fourballs take place later Thursday.

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Dustin Johnson of the US plays a shot on the 1st tee during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_121448085-373dd8ccb5ad45bb9f21ccc8d73cd737.jpgDustin Johnson of the US plays a shot on the 1st tee during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Rickie Fowler of the US, left, listens to Dustin Johnson of the US during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_121448085-a86c79ebf644486b891f4c9fcbe0e37a.jpgRickie Fowler of the US, left, listens to Dustin Johnson of the US during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Phil Mickelson of the US tees off the 3rd hole during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_121448085-ec6c9a6104674e93adaf0cb7b2d78805.jpgPhil Mickelson of the US tees off the 3rd hole during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)