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

12:35 p.m.

Thorbjorn Olesen was the only European player without a date when the Ryder Cup teams met for dinner at the Palace of Versailles.

So he was able to play the field.

Europe’s Thorbjorn Olesen plays a shot on the 7th tee during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018 at Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Olesen photobombed a group picture of his teammates’ wives and girlfriends, which was posted on the European team’s Twitter account.

The 28-year-old Dane says he just “had to jump in there and take that beautiful picture. So I was a pretty happy man for a few minutes.”

Olesen was the last player to qualify for the European team, giving him a chance to play for his mentor. Thomas Bjorn, the most famous golfer to come out of Denmark, is serving as captain for the home team at Le Golf National.

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)

Olesen says he experienced “a different kind of pressure” trying to make his first Ryder Cup team. He calls it a “good learning experience” that shows he can handle a pressure-packed situation.

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11:45 a.m.

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)

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.

Europe’s Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm and Henrik Stenson, from left, walk down the 10th fairway during a practice round ahead of the 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 Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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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Source: The Associated Press

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