The Latest: Europeans send out another social media winner


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP)The Latest on the Ryder Cup, the golf showdown between the United States and Europe (all times CDT):

2:20 p.m.

Hand the Europeans another win in the Ryder Cup social media battles.

Their latest entry is called Out of Context, an animated video that pairs audio from players and TV announcers with off-kilter cartoons of things that weren’t really happening when those words were said. It’s cheeky and clever, in fitting inwith most of the Team Europe productions at the Ryder Cup.

And while it might not show every player in his best light, Jon Rahm says it’s fitting because ”when you’re in an environment with no judgment, you’re not scared of anybody posting on Instagram, you can let yourself go a little bit and be vulnerable, and that’s the fun part of things like that.”

The Ryder Cup starts Friday morning at Whistling Straits, where the defending champion Europeans are more than a 2-1 underdog.

10:45 a.m.

It’s stocking-cap weather at Whistling Straits, where the European team is on the course for its final practice before the Ryder Cup begins.

Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick were among those bundled up Thursday morning and teeing off in 55-degree Fahrenheit weather (12 degrees Celsius) with the wind whipping out of the northwest at 20 mph.

The pairing’s for Friday morning’s opening alternate-shot matches will be revealed at Thursday evening’s opening ceremony.

The United States has lost nine of the last 12 meetings against Europe, though Tony Finau said he sees a change in culture on the U.S. team, in large part because six players are making their first appearance in the event.

Winds on Friday are expected to gust up to 25 mph, which figures to only add difficulty to a links-like course along Lake Michigan that’s one of the toughest these players face.

Some possible good news: The rough on the course is being kept lower than at the average tour stop: ”Fairly similar to what you’d find on your local golf course,” according to the head of maintenance, Chris Zugel.

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