The Latest on the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National (all times local):

8:40 a.m.

Ryder Cup rookie Tony Finau got the honor of hitting the first shot at Le Golf National.

Europe’s Justin Rose, left, and Jon Rahm react after teeing off during their fourball match against Brooks Koepka of the US and Tony Finau on the opening day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

He was a little too pumped up.

Teeing off with a 3-iron, Finau drove his ball to the edge of the water at No. 1, forcing him to take a drop and a one-shot penalty. The 29-year-old American turned to his playing partner, Brooks Koepka, with a look of disbelief.

Tony Finau of the US plays the first shot on the opening day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

“Wow,” Finau mouthed.

He wound up making a bogey, while Koepka settled for par. Justin Rose gave Europe a quick lead with a brilliant approach that stopped about 3 feet from the cup, resulting in a birdie putt that was little more than a tap-in.

Brooks Koepka of the US plays from the 1st tee during a fourball match against Europe’s Justin Rose and Jon Rahm on the opening day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Rose is playing with Jon Rahm in the first fourballs match of the day.

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Europe supporters cheer near the 1st tee as they wait for the start of the fourball matches on the opening day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

7:25 a.m.

Thousands of fans are filling up the massive grandstand behind the first tee at the Ryder Cup in the dark, anticipating the start of matches between two of the strongest teams ever assembled for the matches.

The sun rises as spectators arrive on the course for the fourball matches on the opening day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The stadium-like grandstand at Le Golf National holds nearly 7,000 people, and thousands more are taking up space down the fairway as Europe sets out to defend its turf. The Americans are coming off a Ryder Cup victory two years ago in Minnesota. They have not won in Europe since 1993.

U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka will partner with Tony Finau in the opening fourballs match against Justin Rose and Jon Rahm. Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed are in the anchor match.

Source: The Associated Press

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