Time for the nastiness to begin

Updated: September 21, 2006, 2:32 PM ET
By Sarah Turcotte | ESPN The Magazine

STRAFFAN, Ireland -- Before Ireland's first Ryder Cup commences, before the first match is won, before the first tee is stuck into the dewy earth, there was this: Three Celtic musical interludes, six national anthems performed by the Irish Army band, a modern dance inspired by the famed Irish Book of Kells and more colorful, elaborate costumes than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Even Elin Woods and Amy Mickelson were on their feet dancing as the overflowing crowd roared throughout Thursday's ...

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