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September 21, 2014 - 8:55pm
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Team USA charter flight
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Team USA met in Atlanta on Sunday night to board a charter jet bound for Scotland and the 2014 Ryder Cup.

And they're on their way, and they'll be in Scotland before you.

The 12-man United States Ryder Cup Team, led by Captain Tom Watson, gathered in Atlanta on Sunday night before a short trip to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, where they boarded a charter jet bound for the British Isles and a date later this week with Europe's best.

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE: Sunday's photos before the Team's departure for Scotland

Here's Tom Watson's post on Twitter:

 

 

Some members of the team got a first-hand look at the seats forward of First Class, like Rickie Fowler:

Bubba Watson then took his turn in the pilot's chair:

 

 

With Fowler and Bubba Watson taking up residence in the jet's cockpit, it's not hard to imagine what was going through Ryder Cup rookie Jordan Spieth's mind at the time:

 
Thankfully, the regular crew arrived and restored order shortly thereafter. Still, if somebody called out "Captain," would it be the pilot or Tom Watson who would respond first?
 
And finally, how about a prediction from PGA of America President Ted Bishop as the U.S. squad prepared for takeoff:
 
 
 
 
 
Rickie Fowler
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This is the photo Rickie Fowler posted on Twitter on Sunday evening.

Did Rickie Fowler really get the letters "USA" shaved into his hair just behind his right ear before leaving for the 2014 Ryder Cup matches at Gleneagles?

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE: Photos of Sunday's departure from Atlanta

It sure appears so, according to his Twitter post:

 

 

Not sure Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan or Sam Snead would have gone to such lengths (or lack thereof) to show their dedication to the team. But then again, they also didn't get together to take the ice bucket challenge back in the day.

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The obvious next question: What did Rickie have shaved into his scalp on the left side? We may have to wait for another selfie to be sure.

 

 

 

Ian Poulter's hotel room
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Ian Poulter shows off his Gleneagles digs.

If you're like us, you can't get enough of the Ryder Cup. We want to get as much behind-the-scenes content possible, and thanks to Ian Poulter, we now know what the hotel accomodations are like for Team Europe. 

Poulter tweeted on Sunday morning a picture of his hotel room at Gleneagles. He also gave us a peek at the unreleased Team Europe uniforms. You can't tell much detail from the picture, but it does give a general idea of what the Europeans will look like on the course. 

Poulter flew to Scotland on Sunday morning, tweeting that he had just landed in London and was about to take off for Scotland. That was about two hours before tweeting the photo.

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We still have five days to go before the start of the Ryder Cup, but it definitely looks like Poulter is ready to go. 

Team USA is departing from Atlanta later on Sunday for its overnight flight to Scotland. With at least nine hours in the air, certain golfers (we're looking at you, Rickie Fowler) will find ways to make it fun.

September 21, 2014 - 10:07am
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Ryder Cup 2006
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Team Europe won its third consecutive Ryder Cup in 2006, the first time it had ever done that.

The names are different, but the setup sounds pretty similar to this year's Ryder Cup.

Team USA arrived at the K Club at Straffon, Ireland, with four rookies on its roster and up against a veteran-heavy European squad. Faced with the task of trying to take down the heavy favorites, the Americans struggled to keep pace. Team Europe held a 5 to 3 advantage after the first day, and pulled away on Sunday with 8 1/2 points to get the 18 1/2 to 9 1/2 victory. 

One of the best Ryder Cup moments happened on Sunday as Darren Clarke, just months after the death of his wife, beat American Zach Johnson and members of both teams came up to him to show their support. 

Here's a breakdown of the 2006 match: 

 

 

September 20, 2014 - 10:00am
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Colin Montgomerie
Colin Montgomerie locked up Team Europe's victory during Sunday Singles.

Team USA came into the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich., with the idea of teaming up the top two ranked players in the world: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Unfortunately for the Americans, the combination never clicked. 

Team Europe got early momentum when Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington beat Woods and Mickelson in Friday morning fourballs, and the Europeans never slowed up. By the end of Friday's matches, Team Europe held a 6 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead and the tandem of Woods and Mickelson had lost a second time. 

When all was said and done on Sunday, the Europeans walked away with a 18 1/2 to 9 1/2 win, their largest victory in the history of the event. 

Here's a breakdown of the 2004 match: 

 

Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson's new golf course in Calgary will be his first design project in Canada.
Phil Mickelson has been hired to create the Mickelson National Golf Club of Canada near Calgary. The club, which will contain Mickelson's first signature course in Canada, is being built with the expectation that it will someday host the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open.
 
Construction on the course will begin this fall in tandem with the start of construction on Harmony, the planned community in Springbank, Alberta, where it will serve as the development's centerpiece. The course – which could be open for play as early as 2017 – could stretch as long as 8,000 yards from the back tees, in part to make up for Calgary's elevation.
 
"Phil thinks he can build something that's never been done in Calgary, and he will be working very closely with his team, making several trips to Calgary along the way," a source close to the deal told The Calgary Sun. "Phil will have final say on the yardage once he's on the ground during construction."
 
 
The project originally was set to be called the Copithorne Club and the 240-acre course was to be designed by NBC Sports golf analyst Johnny Miller and PGA Tour player Stephen Ames of Calgary, according to the Sun. However, the newspaper said, the course recently was handed over to Mickelson because of his star power, likeability and interest in the project.
 
Mickelson's first design was Whisper Rock in Scottsdale, Arizona, and his Phil Mickelson Designs firm recently completed projects in Kunming and Shanghai, China. Mickelson also is working on an ambitious makeover of the North Course at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
 
Harmony is envisioned as a 1,700-acre community that eventually will include 3,500 homes, one of the largest recreational lakes in the Calgary area, and a 138-acre employment campus. The development will be centered around a village core with retail stores and community gathering spaces.
 
The Windmill Golf Group already is selling memberships to the Mickelson course at a reported price tag of about $40,000. Members will receive access to other Windmill facilities in the Calgary area while the course is under construction.