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

Europe is sending out some heavy metal to start the Ryder Cup — Justin Rose and his Olympic gold with Henrik Stenson and his silver claret jug.

Captain Darren Clarke put his strongest partnership in the opening foursomes match Friday morning at Hazeltine. Rose and Stenson won all three of their matches together at Gleneagles two years ago. They go up against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who were unbeaten in their three matches at Gleneagles, though their half-point came in the alternate-shot format.

"They were always going to be my choice for leading Europe off in this match," Clarke said. "That was never, never in doubt."

Rose and Stenson...

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