Europe sends out its heavy (Olympic) medal at Ryder Cup

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Europe is sending the Olympic gold and silver medalists out for the first match of the Ryder Cup.

Justin Rose (gold) and Henrik Stenson (silver) are in the opening foursomes match Friday against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Stenson and Rose won all three of their matches in 2014 at Gleneagles, while Spieth and Reed went 2-0-1 as a team.

Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler will play together for the first time since 2010 at Wales. They will face Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan, one of six European rookies. The only other rookie in the opening session is Thomas Pieters, who will partner with Lee Westwood in the final match against Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

The third match is Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson against Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer.