Sergio Garcia watches an approach shot during a practice round at Gleneagles on Wednesday
Sir Alex Ferguson with the European Ryder Cup team after his motivational pep talk: (left to right, front row): Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul McGinley, Justin Rose, Stephen Gallacher and (back row) Thomas Bjorn, Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Graeme McDowell, Jamie Donaldson and Victor Dubuisson

Ryder Cup 2014: Sir Alex Ferguson makes mark on Rory McIlroy who says ‘I couldn’t take my eyes off him’

Former Manchester United manager's inspirational speech to Europe team moves world No 1

Gleneagles 18th hole

Ryder Cup 2014: How a kilt was put on Jack Nicklaus' course

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Rory McIlroy of Europe looks on at a press conference

Ryder Cup 2014: Rory McIlroy 'in a trance' listening to Sir Alex Ferguson speech

The world number one also allays fears about using a new driver

Sergio Garcia leads the BMW Championship after carding a 64 on Friday

Ryder Cup 2014: Sergio Garcia says desire to beat USA 'as hard as you can' remains undimmed

The Spaniard is playing in his seventh Ryder Cup

The Europe captain, Paul McGinley (left), and Graeme McDowell during a practice session at Gleneagles

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Two-time Masters champion aims to play it straight but his captain says Europe will target him

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Sir Alex Ferguson

Ryder Cup 2014: Sir Alex Ferguson given motivational speech duties at Gleneagles

Paul McGinley brings in former Manchester United boss

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland pictured together at the 2014 US Open

Ryder Cup 2014: Graeme McDowell reveals relationship with Rory McIlroy has 'changed significantly'

McIlroy's status has affected the dynamic between the pair

Team Europe pose for a photo ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup 2014: Rory McIlroy kept apart from Graeme McDowell as Paul McGinley names opening practice groups

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Tiger Woods, left, and Butch Harmon during their time working together

Ryder Cup 2014: The American team will be stronger without Tiger Woods, says former coach Harmon

Butch Harmon, the former coach of Tiger Woods, believes the American Ryder Cup team is better off without the absent 14-times major winner and  has said the young side at Gleneagles is fired up to win on European soil for the first time in 21 years.

Phil Mickelson will be the leader of the US team, according to Butch Harmon

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Rory McIlroy on the practice range at Gleneagles

Ryder Cup 2014: Rory McIlroy rested and raring to go after enjoying social whirl

McIlroy back on the range as he warms up for Ryder Cup curtain call

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