Glam Ryder Cup Wags pose at Team Europe Gala Dinner as they prepare to cheer on golf partners at Whistling Straits

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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.

Captain Padraig Harrington and wife Caroline were all smiles at The American Club

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Captain Padraig Harrington and wife Caroline were all smiles at The American ClubCredit: Getty
Team Europe's Wags posed for a picture together at the Gala Dinner in Wisconsin

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Team Europe’s Wags posed for a picture together at the Gala Dinner in WisconsinCredit: Getty
Rory McIlroy and partner Erica Stoll were dressed up to the nines for the event

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Rory McIlroy and partner Erica Stoll were dressed up to the nines for the eventCredit: Getty
Team Europe boasts six English players in their side: Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood

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Team Europe boasts six English players in their side: Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Tommy FleetwoodCredit: Getty

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.

Former World No1 Westwood made his Ryder Cup debut in 1997

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Former World No1 Westwood made his Ryder Cup debut in 1997Credit: Getty
Spanish star Sergio Garcia shares a kiss with American wife Angela

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Spanish star Sergio Garcia shares a kiss with American wife AngelaCredit: Getty
Vice-captain Martin Kaymer and partner Irene were in a joyous mood at the Gala Dinner

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Vice-captain Martin Kaymer and partner Irene were in a joyous mood at the Gala DinnerCredit: Getty
Irish ace Shane Lowry is preparing for his first Ryder Cup appearance

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Irish ace Shane Lowry is preparing for his first Ryder Cup appearanceCredit: Getty

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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.

Vice-captain Henrik Stenson won the Ryder Cup in 2006, 2014 and 2018

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Vice-captain Henrik Stenson won the Ryder Cup in 2006, 2014 and 2018Credit: Getty
Tommy Fleetwood has been named in the Team Europe squad in back-to-back competitions

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Tommy Fleetwood has been named in the Team Europe squad in back-to-back competitionsCredit: Getty

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US Open champion Jon Rahm boasts a 1-2-0 record from his Ryder Cup matches

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US Open champion Jon Rahm boasts a 1-2-0 record from his Ryder Cup matchesCredit: Getty

“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.

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