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Ryder Cup rivals McDowell and Mahan to reunite at 2011 PGA Tour opener

Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan's meeting in Hawaii next week will bring back memories of their decisive Ryder Cup match.
Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan's meeting in Hawaii next week will bring back memories of their decisive Ryder Cup match.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan will go head-to-head at first tournament of 2011
  • Pair last met at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in October in final singles match
  • McDowell's victory in emotional encounter handed victory in the teams event to Europe
  • Northern Irishman and American will now play at Tournament of Champions in Hawaii

(CNN) -- Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan have been paired together at the PGA Tour's season-opening tournament -- their first meeting since facing each other in the decisive final singles match at the Ryder Cup in October.

Northern Irishman McDowell beat his American opponent at Wales' Celtic Manor with a five-foot putt on the 17th green to clinch a thrilling victory for Europe.

Now golf fans will now have the chance to relive the emotional encounter when the pair tee-off again at the 2011 Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii next week.

"One of the most compelling moments of 2010 was their final-day match up during the Ryder Cup," director of the January 6-9 tournament Nancy Cross said in a statement.

To have these two paired together for the start of the season, we couldn't have scripted it better
--Tournament director Nancy Cross
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"To have these two paired together for the start of the season, we couldn't have scripted it better."

U.S. Open champion McDowell will be the only reigning major winner taking part in the 34-strong field.

The 32-year-old's success in becoming the first European champion at Pebble Beach for 40 years was recognized by Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Friday, when McDowell was named in the annual New Year's Honors list.

Other star pairings at the island event will see 2003 victor Ernie Els play alongside Australia's Jason Day, while McDowell's Ryder Cup teammate Francesco Molinari was drawn with Australia's Adam Scott.

Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy of Australia will go head-to-head with 2010 FedEx Cup winner Jim Furyk, another U.S. Ryder Cup player.