Players and their partners dressed to impress at a glitzy gala dinner on Wednesday night at the Palace of Versailles.

While players from both Ryder Cup sides wore matching team suits, the wives and girlfriends stole the show in their sleek ball gowns.

Player posed for pictures with their partners outside the 17th century palace with Dustin Johnson even playing the part of an Insta husband.

USA star Johnson whipped out a phone to take pictures of his stunning other half Paulina Gretzky – the daughter of ice hockey legend Wayne.

But Thorbjorn Olesen – the 28-year-old Danish rookie – was the exception. While every player and captain has a wife or girlfriend, single Olesen arrived without an other half.

Instead, he posed for pictures with team captain Thomas Bjorn.

The Ryder Cup starts on Friday when Europe take on the United States to try to reclaim the prize.

All eyes will be on Le Golf National in Paris as 24 of the world’s best golfers battle it out over three days for country and continent – but who are their other halves?

Ryder Cup WAGs: The Team Europe stars with their other halves in France (Image: GETTY)

Caroline Harrington, Diane Donald, Grace Barber Kristin McDowell, Helen Storey and Ebba Karlsson (Image: GETTY)

TEAM EUROPE

Thomas Bjorn – Grace Barber

Team Europe captain Bjorn posed for pictures with girlfriend Grace, a freelance sports TV producer.

Bjorn, 47, has three children from a previous relationship – Filippa, Oliver and Julia.

Barber’s Twitter account shows she is a big Arsenal fan.

Paul Casey – Pollyanna Woodward

Woodward, 36, is a former Gadget Show presenter.

The pair met while she was presenting the Formula 1 Chequered Flag Ball at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Tommy Fleetwood – Clare Craig

Tommy and Clare had their first child last year – and the golf star has admitted THAT was the most pressure he has ever been under prior!

Wife Clare delivered their son Franklin last September and it was all a bit much for the 27-year-old.

“I was a bit overwhelmed when my wife was giving birth,” he said. “I mean, what I can take from that into the Ryder Cup, I’m not sure.

“But that was probably the most overwhelmed I’ve been in a pressure situation, and I got told off for shouting too much, so I might try to keep it down a little bit this week.”

Ryder Cup WAGs: Sergio Garcia and Angela Garcia (Image: GETTY)

Sergio Garcia, wife Angela Garcia and their baby Azalea (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Tyrrell Hatton and Emily Braisher (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Rory McIlroy and Erica McIlroy (Image: GETTY)

Sergio Garcia – Angela Garcia

Sergio Garcia is the best golfer in his house… just.

For wife Angela – the pair married last year in Texas – used to be on the women’s team at the University of Texas. She plays off three.

Angela works in TV and has presented on the Golf Channel.

Tyrrell Hatton – Emily Braisher

Tyrrell is a Ryder Cup rookie and he will be cheered on by Emily Braisher.

She graduated from Nottingham Trent University before joining her partner to travel the world.

Braisher has written all about her experiences in a blog called Wife on Tour.

Rory McIlroy – Erica Stoll

Stoll is from New York but has moved to Palm Beach Gardens in Florida.

The pair have an interesting back story, having met back in 2012.

McIlroy overslept before the Miracle at Medinah and Erica, who was working for the PGA, helped rush him to the course so he made his tee time.

Ryder Cup WAGs: Paul Casey and Pollyanna Casey (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Alex Noren and Jennifer Noren (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Ian Poulter and Katie Poulter (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Francesco Molinari of Europe poses with his wife Valentina Molinari (Image: GETTY)

Francesco Molinari – Valentina Molinari

The couple have been married since 2007. The pair have two children together.

Valentina has an MBA in London from the European Business MBSC – but she still has time to play a big role in his golf.

Molinari said after winning The Open: “Big credit to my wife that watches me all the time. I don’t know how she does it. I couldn’t do it.”

Alex Noren – Jennifer Kovacs

The pair are married and they have a daughter together named Iris. They are also expecting another child.

Jennifer born in Stockholm and studied Management and Marketing at the Stockholm University.

Ian Poulter – Katie Poulter

The mainstays of the tour. Ian and Katie – then a nurse – met in 1995 and married in 2007.

They have four children – Aimee-Leigh, Luke, Lily-Mai and Joshua.

Ryder Cup WAGs: Thomas Bjorn – the team captain – posed with Thorbjorn Olsen (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Luke Donald and Diane Donald (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Justin Rose and his wife Kate Rose (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Luke Donald and Diane Donald (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Henrik Stenson and Emma Stenson (Image: GETTY)

Justin Rose – Kate Rose

Kate is a former international gymnast. She graduated from the University of Sussex and met Justin whilst an assistant at IMG.

The pair began dating in 2000 and are now married.

Kate and Justin have set up the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation to help children in need.

Henrik Stenson – Emma Lofgren

Henrik and Emma got married in December 2006 in Dubai, meaning they’ve been married for 12 years.

The couple have three children together: Lisa was born in July 2007, Karl in March 2010 and Alice in October 2014.

The couple grew up in separate parts of Sweden; the Stenson family is from the southern part of Sweden, while the Lofgren family is from the northern part of Sweden.

The couple met through mutual golfing friends.

Jon Rahm – Kelley Cahill

Cahill has caught plenty of eyes on Instagram with a series of bikini beach shots.

Like Jon, she’s handy in the sporting arena having thrown javelin for Arizona State.

Thorbjorn Olesen

The only European with no partner – but he did pose for pictures with good friend Thomas Bjorn.

He said after: ”Ever since I got on the European Tour Thomas sort of took me under his wing and was a little bit of a mentor for me.

“We got really close friends and have done a lot of different stuff together, spent a lot of time off the golf course, not about golf.”

Ryder Cup WAGs: Lee Westwood and Helen Storey (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Rickie Fowler and Allison Stokke (Image: GETTY)

TEAM USA

Jim Furyk – Tabitha Furyk

Jim and Tabitha Furyk have two children and a dog called Lucky.

In 2010, Jim and Tabitha created the Jim & Tabitha Furyk foundation to bring awareness and funding to charities in the greater Jacksonville area.

As a family, the Furyk’s say they are ‘committed to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate’.

Bryson DeChambeau – Sophia Phalen

Sophia previously dated baseball star Danny Muno.

She is an Instagram model and posts plenty of selfies to her thousands of followers.

She also has her own swimwear line with La Isla.

Rickie Fowler – Allison Stokke

Two years ago, Fowler rocked up to the Ryder Cup gala dinner with no other half. This time, Allison was by his side.

The pair started dating in 2017 and got engaged last year.

Dustin Johnson – Paulina Gretzky

Sporting hero meets daughter of a sporting hero. Gold’s world No.1 is engaged to Paulina, the daughter of ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

Not only a top golfer, Johnson also showed he’s a dab hand with phone in hand as he snapped pictures of his other half at the gala.

Gretzky is an actress, model and singer. They have two sons – Tatum and River Jones.

Ryder Cup WAGs: Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky (Image: GETTY)

Brooks Koepka – Jena Sims

Jena is an American actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder who has held the Miss National Junior Teenager title and competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2007.

They have been dating a year.

Phil Mickelson – Amy Mickelson

The couple married in 1996 after meeting back in 1992 at Arizona State University.

Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 but she beat it after an 11-month battle.

She has since been heavily involved in fundraising for breast cancer research.

Patrick Reed – Justine Reed

Patrick and Justine married in 2012.

Reed was then just 22 and his parents didn’t attend the wedding.

He has been estranged from his parents Bill and Jeannette and sister Hannah since.

Webb Simpson – Taylor Dowd Simpson

Webb and Taylor Down are devout Christians who married in January 2010.

They have four children: Mercy, James, Willow and Wyndham.

Ryder Cup WAGs: Patrick Reed and Justine Reed (Image: GETTY)

Ryder Cup WAGs: Jena Sims and Paulina Gretzky (Image: GETTY)

Jordan Spieth – Annie Verret

Spieth is engaged to long-time girlfriend Annie Verret.

The pair have been together since high school and got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2017 – although it nearly didn’t happen.

“I had a decent idea, and then I was pretty sick,” Spieth told Golf Channel.

“I had to have a backup plan. But I woke up and felt good that day and went through with it.”

Justin Thomas – Jillian Wisniewski

Bubba Watson – Angie Watson

Tiger Woods – Erica Herman

Tiger has been dating Erica since at least November last year.

The 33-year-old brunette works in the restaurant industry.

She was the general manager at Tiger’s restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, for several months, according to US publication Heavy.

Erica now appears to support Tiger, 42, around the world during his golf tournaments.

Ryder Cup WAGs: Tiger Woods of the United States poses with girlfriend Erica Herman (Image: GETTY)

RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS

1 – Number of times Tiger Woods has been on the winning side in seven appearances.

26 – Ryder Cups won by the United States. Europe/Great Britain & Ireland have won 13, with two contests having been tied.

5 – Rookies in European team (Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen).

3 – Rookies in United States team (Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas).

12 – This will be Phil Mickelson’s 12th Ryder Cup, a US record. The 48-year-old has played in every contest since 1995 but needed a wild card for the first time this year.

20 – Number of defeats suffered by Mickelson, a record he shares with US captain Jim Furyk.

46 – Record number of Ryder Cup matches played by Nick Faldo, who also won a record 25 points.

22.5 – Number of points earned to date by Sergio Garcia.

9 – Europe’s record margin of victory is nine points, achieved at Oakland Hills in 2004 and The K Club in 2006

15 – Record margin of victory for the United States, in Houston, Texas, in 1967.

6 – American Jimmy Demaret won all six matches in his Ryder Cup career (1947, 1949, 1951)

25 – Years since the United States won on European soil, a 15-13 victory at The Belfry in 1993.

Ryder Cup WAGs: The players of Team USA pose with their wives and partners (Image: GETTY)

RYDER CUP PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED

Tiger Woods will partner Patrick Reed against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood in the fourth and final fourballs match when the Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday, a grouping sure to be the number one draw for fans at Le Golf National.

Woods, back in the competition after not playing in the last two editions, is in hot form and it looks a formidable partnership with this year’s Masters champion Reed.

The first match of the day sees Justin Rose and Spanish rookie Jon Rahm taking on Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau.

Rory McIlroy and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen face world number one Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler, while English duo Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton take on Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

Two years ago at Hazeltine the United States swept to a 4-0 lead in the opening morning’s foursomes – where players play alternate shots with the same ball – and though Europe fought back to close the gap, the home side eventually ran out convincing 17-11 winners.

This time Europe have opted to start the day with the fourball format where each man plays his own ball and the lowest scoring player on each side counts in the matchplay competition.

Over 7,000 fans will ring the first tee when play gets underway at 08.10 local time on Friday, creating a noise and atmosphere unlike anything seen in any other golf event.

 

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