TEAM EUROPE’S golf stars and their partners were out in force for Wednesday night’s Gala Dinner at The American Club in Wisconsin.
Captain Padraig Harrington was joined by his players and their Wags ahead of Friday’s opening matches at the 43rd Ryder Cup.
The Europeans lost on their last visit to America in 2016, but they won back the prestigious trophy two years later in France.
Team USA have won the Ryder Cup just three times out of the last ten competitions, with all of their victories coming on home turf.
But Team Europe will be looking to put on a show at Whistling Straits in the delayed biennial event which was pushed back a year due to the coronavirus crisis.
And their partners – four of whom are American – will be on hand to cheer them on after being given special permission to follow them from inside the ropes.
Skipper Harrington has declared that he will take a leaf out of Thomas Bjorn’s book and get a TATTOO should Team Europe win the Ruder Cup.
He said: “I am delighted that that’s all they ask for, but I’d have given up a lot more. So yes, I will be getting a tattoo.
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“If my team produces a winning week, I will be getting a tattoo to mark the occasion.
“I’m very comfortable that they only asked that much of me because I would have given more.
“I think it’s an unwritten rule, so it has come up, yes, in conversation. Maybe they didn’t ask. Maybe I offered and they felt that was enough.”
Harrington added: “But definitely, yeah, it’s a given now in Europe. Captain has to get a tattoo.
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“And I don’t have any other tattoos at this stage, so it would be a new experience for me.
“Where on the body? I don’t know. Depends how long it is.”
Meanwhile Rory McIlroy is embracing his inner Happy Gilmore in his bid to lead his team to victory.