Back to the first tee - Jordan Spieth (rookie) and Patrick Reed (rookie) face Stephen Gallacher (rookie) and Ian Poulter (ok, definitely NOT a rookie).
Jimmy Walker's putt dribbles just wide of the right of the cup and that's Europe 1-up in the second match. The first bit of any colour on the board, and it's European blue.
"Walking in a Poulter wonderland" now being sung by the first tee hoodlums. Sorry, gallery.
Webb Simpson now trending worldwide as a result of his duff. Poor chap.
Good shot from Walker - he'll have 15 feet for his own birdie and a halve.
Kaymer, incidentally, has been pretty terrible for most of the year except for absolutely dominating the US Open from start to finish. He's come in US Open form from the looks of that approach shot.
Jimmy Walker needs to respond because that's a birdie for Kaymer, no question.
Oh my! Martin Kaymer almost holes his second at the first.
Rickie Fowler from the rough at the first - and he's plugged in the face of the greenside bunker.
How long before we get NFL-style introductions at the Ryder Cup? Players running out of a smoking tunnel, fireworks on either side, cheerleaders, do a Ray Lewis dance, up onto the first tee and hit a shot? Come on, let's make this happen.
It's going to get LOUD - here comes the lone Scot in the European team, Stephen Gallacher. His accomplice? Ian Poulter. Cover your ears.
It's 8am at Gleneagles, but no less wired.
Just me, or does Thomas Bjorn have a bit of a "Walter White" look about him with that beard?
Rose dribbles his birdie putt at the first just a fraction short, and it's a halve. Which is a bit of a result for the USA, given the tee shots.
Great drive from Kaymer, even cut the corner a little of the crook in the fairway a little. Europe are by far the more settled on the first tee, as you might expect of the home side.
Thomas Bjorn finds the fairway with his tee shot, nice and safe though not exactly a long way down. Martin Kaymer will have a bash at going further.
Jimmy Walker hits the first good American tee shot, down the right side of the fairway.
A deer has just emerged from the bushes and pegged it up to the first tee!
Webb Simpson has a birdie putt that ends in Gleneagles but starts in Kilmarnock (one for our Scottish readers there). He's got it about two feet within Justin Rose's marker.
Justin Rose, with a pretty shallow club that is likely a wedge of some description, knocks his shot to about 12 feet. Advantage Europe (still).
Bubba Watson has found the green from his position in the rough. Meanwhile, the second fourball pairings are wandering on to the first tee. It's a stream of bedlam up there right now.
Rory McIlroy talking about his pairing with Sergio Garcia and credits the fact that they have a nice relationship because of their similar personality. Asked about Mickelson's "litigation" jibe and whether it adds any spice, he smiles and says: "Of course it does..."
Oh my, they've stirred the best player in the world.
Let us know if you've "done a Webb Simpson" and bottled it on the first tee in front of an expectant gallery (work colleagues etc).
Going back to Webb Simpson's tee shot - one of the most extraordinary things you'll see from a professional golfer. We've all done it, come in too steeply on a 3-wood and dunted it straight up in the air, but to see a pro do it is... well, actually, it's quite heartening for us duffers.
A 3-wood from Henrik Stenson - also on the fairway. Advantage Europe!
(Yes, yes, it's one shot, but still...)
And Rose just strikes it straight down the middle! Huge roar from the crowd to recognise his nervelessness.
And Bubba Watson's first drive is into the thick rough on the left of the fairway. It's an empty dancefloor as Justin Rose tees off...
Wow. Webb Simpson has duffed his tee shot! It's gone about half the distance he would have expected it to.
Bubba Watson looks close to tears, Henrik Stenson looks like he's past that point and is actually crying. Incredible scenes.
Webb Simpson will strike the first tee shot of the 2014 Ryder Cup...
Europe's jerseys today? A very Scottish blue with a white Saltire flash down the right panel. Talk about playing to the home crowd...
Huge roar as the four players make their way to the first tee. The "Ole Ole" chant is up and it is loud. How many events could draw this kind of crowd at this time of the morning?
Good morning and welcome to ESPN's coverage of the Ryder Cup, 2014!
The opening fourballs pairings of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (Europe) and Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson (USA) are making their way to the first tee. We're almost ready to go...