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Big names hit the course in Paris for the Ryder Cup Celebrity Match

Before the biggest names in golf take to Le Golf National this weekend, notable figures from the world of sport, music and entertainment have strutted their stuff.

The Ryder Cup Celebrity Match takes place on Tuesday afternoon on the course in Paris, with 20 famous faces – 10 Europeans and 10 from the USA – competing in a nine-hole tournament.

Among those representing Europe are ex-footballers Luis Figo and Alessandro Del Piero, as well as One Direction singer Niall Horan and 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan.

John McEnroe tees off in the Ryder Cup Celebrity match at Le Golf National in Paris

The Americans had serious star power with actors Samuel L Jackson and Luke Wilson

The Americans had serious star power with actors Samuel L Jackson and Luke Wilson

Europe meanwhile were represented by footballing icons Luis Figo and Alessandro del Piero

Europe meanwhile were represented by footballing icons Luis Figo and Alessandro del Piero

Del Piero proved adept on the course as he did on the pitch, here chipping out the bunker

Del Piero proved adept on the course as he did on the pitch, here chipping out the bunker

Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll formed a formidable pairing with comedian Dany Boon

Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll formed a formidable pairing with comedian Dany Boon

One Direction star Niall Horan (left) also represented Europe, alongside actor Jamie Dornan

One Direction star Niall Horan (left) also represented Europe, alongside actor Jamie Dornan

Dornan, star of the 50 Shades of Grey series of movies, hugs Europe captain Thomas Bjorn

Dornan, star of the 50 Shades of Grey series of movies, hugs Europe captain Thomas Bjorn

THE EUROPEAN CELEBRITY TEAM 

Jamie Dornan – actor 

Luis Figo – ex-footballer 

Guy Forget – ex-tennis player 

Alessandro Del Piero – ex-footballer 

Dany Boon – comedian

Laura Flessel-Colovic – former French sports minister

David Ginola – ex-footballer

Yannick Noah – ex-tennis player

Brian O’Driscoll – ex-rugby player

Niall Horan – singer 

THE AMERICAN CELEBRITY TEAM 

Kelly Slater – surfer

Condoleezza Rice – former US secretary of state 

James Blake – ex-tennis player 

Samuel L Jackson – actor

Greg Kinnear – actor

John McEnroe – ex-tennis player

Michael Phelps – ex-swimmer

Kurt Russell – actor

Luke Wilson – actor

Nick Jonas – singer 

The American team is likely to be fiery, with tennis star John McEnroe and Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, among their number.

The match, which will be played over holes one to five and 15 to 18, will kick off the week’s festivities as the first match on the course this week.

The format saw the 10 celebs on both sides split into five pairings who faced up, with whichever team had the most winning pairs claiming the bragging rights.

McEnroe acknowledges the Parisian crowd as he partnered James Blake on the course

McEnroe acknowledges the Parisian crowd as he partnered James Blake on the course

Pulp Fiction and Avengers star Jackson waves to the crowd as he is welcomed to the course

Pulp Fiction and Avengers star Jackson waves to the crowd as he is welcomed to the course

Jackson provided Hollywood glamour as he paired with Hateful Eight co-star Kurt Russell

Jackson provided Hollywood glamour as he paired with Hateful Eight co-star Kurt Russell

Jackson was chauffeured along the Ryder Cup course on a buggy as he played

Jackson was chauffeured along the Ryder Cup course on a buggy as he played

Russell fires off a tee shot, however he and Jackson fell behind early on in their pairs match

Russell fires off a tee shot, however he and Jackson fell behind early on in their pairs match

Olympian Michael Phelps walks the course with his opponent, actor Jamie Dornan

Olympian Michael Phelps walks the course with his opponent, actor Jamie Dornan

Phelps, partnered with singer Nick Jones, retrieves the ball after sinking an early putt

Phelps, partnered with singer Nick Jones, retrieves the ball after sinking an early putt

Ex-secretary of state Condoleezza Rice of Team USA walks to the tee before her match

Ex-secretary of state Condoleezza Rice of Team USA walks to the tee before her match

Figo and Del Piero of Europe bump fists after taking an early lead in their pairs match

Figo and Del Piero of Europe bump fists after taking an early lead in their pairs match

There was an all tennis clash between Yannick Noah and Guy Forget, two former French players, against McEnroe and James Blake.

Figo and Del Piero paired up against actors Luke Wilson and Greg Kinnear, while Kurt Russell and Samuel L Jackson, who starred together in Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight, partnering again, versus Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll and French comedian Dany Boon.

Another former football, ex-Newcastle and Spurs man David Ginola, paired with politician Laura Flessel against unlikely couple ex-US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and surfer Kelly Slater. 

Horan and Dornan faced Phelps and singer Nick Jonas in the final pairing in the cold September sunshine of Paris.

In the early stages, the sides proved evenly matched – teams Figo-Del Piero and Boon-O’Driscoll went 2-0 up, while McEnroe-Blake and Phelps-Jonas gained early advantages for the Americans. 

However Team USA gained the lead when Slater-Rice went ahead, while Wilson-Kinnear managed to pull a game back. 

More to follow. 

French ex-tennis players Guy Forget and Yannick Noah were a popular pair with the crowd

French ex-tennis players Guy Forget and Yannick Noah were a popular pair with the crowd

Another Frenchman, ex-Spurs and Newcastle star David Ginola, ponders his next move

Another Frenchman, ex-Spurs and Newcastle star David Ginola, ponders his next move

Ginola has a team talk with his golfing partner, French politician Laura Flessel-Colovic

Ginola has a team talk with his golfing partner, French politician Laura Flessel-Colovic

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