Ryder Cup fans arrive fashionably early, and for good reason

Ryder Cup fans arrive fashionably early, and for good reason
September 30, 2012, 4:12 pm
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MEDINAH It was barely 10 a.m., more than an hour before the first singles match began Sundays Ryder Cup play. But at the No. 1 tee, everyone was fashionably early.

The No. 1 tee grandstands were filled to capacity early, as spectators jockeyed for position there and along the fairway prior to the singles matches 11:03 a.m. start. Behind the grandstands, there was a sizable line of people still hoping to get a seat.

Those who were there early got a good seat and better entertainment. Blackhawks national anthem singer Jim Cornelison sang several songs, including God Bless America and, of course, the Star-Spangled Banner. Fans honored the national anthem in typical United Center fashion, cheering throughout.

The cheering and USA chants continued through the 10 a.m. hour.

The US team leads Europe 10-6 going into this final day. Singles matches begin at 11:03 a.m., with Bubba Watson vs. Northwestern graduate and Chicago resident Luke Donald.