MEDINAH, Ill. -- Michael Jordan was out on the course early, rooting for his teammates to give him one more win in Chicago.

Kind of had a familiar feel to it, much to the delight of the fans who lined the fairways Friday at Medinah Country Club.

They were there to cheer the U.S. against Europe in the Ryder Cup. Seeing Jordan, an honorary team member, following the matches from inside the ropes was an added bonus.

"Hey Michael," they yelled. "Come on No. 23, we need you back!"

Jordan took it all in as if he were still playing for the Chicago Bulls, giving an occasional fist bump and acknowledging the crowd as he made his way around Medinah. His first mission, though, was to try and get the home team going, and he cheered loudly for Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker as they tried to mount a comeback in the opening foursomes match against Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

"It would be nice to win this one to show McIlroy is not invincible," Jordan said from behind the 14th green as the Americans made a birdie to remain 2-down in the match. "But what's really important is to get it at least to the 18th hole because you don't want the guys behind them seeing a loss up on the board early."

Furyk and Snedeker did manage to get it to the 18th before losing as the U.S. got off to a strong start. The 6-foot-6 Jordan served as team cheerleader all day, bending down at time so fans behind him could see.

Jordan may not play golf as he played basketball, but he's a member at Medinah and has been at every Ryder Cup since 1995. He's an avid golfer who likes to have a wager or two while he plays, a fact not lost on fans.

"Hey, Michael," yelled one on the 16th hole. "How much you got on this hole?"

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  • Tiger Woods

    USA's Tiger Woods reacts after missing a putt on the 12th hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Brandt Snedeker, Rory McIlroy

    USA's Brandt Snedeker reacts in front of Europe's Rory McIlroy after missing a putt on the 12th hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia

    Europe's Luke Donald, left, and Sergio Garcia react after Donald made a putt on the 10th hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Jason Dufner

    USA's Jason Dufner reacts after making an birdie putt to win the ninth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Keegan Bradley, Phil Mickelson

    USA's Keegan Bradley congratulates Phil Mickelson after Mickelson made a putt to win the 13th hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Keegan Bradley

    USA's Keegan Bradley reacts after missing a putt during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Rory McIlroy, Brandt Snedeker

    Europe's Rory McIlroy, left, watches as USA's Brandt Snedeker reacts to a drive on the 18th hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley

    USA's Phil Mickelson, left, and Keegan Bradley celebrate after winning their foursomes match on the 15th hole at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Keegan Bradley

    USA's Keegan Bradley celebrates after winning their foursomes match on the 15th hole at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods of the USA look for a shot from the rough on the first hole during the Morning Foursome Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 28, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.

  • Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods of the USA team chips on the first hole during the Morning Foursome Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 28, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.

  • Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk

    Europe's Graeme McDowell, left, and USA's Jim Furyk talk about getting relief during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Brandt Snedeker

    USA's Brandt Snedeker hits a sot on the second hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Fred Couples

    Fred Couples tries to get the crowd fired up on the first tee during the foursomes matches at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Phil Mickelson

    USA's Phil Mickelson warms his hands as he greets Europe's Sergio Garcia on the first tee during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy

    Europe's Graeme McDowell looks over a shot by Rory McIlroy on the first hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell

    Europe's Rory McIlroy, left, and Graeme McDowell walk off the first tee during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Phil Mickelson

    USA's Phil Mickelson hits a shot on the first hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Jason Dufner, Lee Westwood

    USA's Jason Dufner, left, and Europe's Lee Westwood compare balls on the first tee during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia

    USA's Phil Mickelson, right, watches the drive of Europe's Sergio Garcia during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Michael Jordan, Davis Love III

    Michael Jordan hugs USA's captain Davis Love III during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Fans watch a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Tiger Woods

    USA's Tiger Woods hits a drive on the first hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Rory McIlroy

    Europe's Rory McIlroy reacts after chipping in on the fourth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Rory McIlroy

    Europe's Rory McIlroy is congratulated by teammate Graeme McDowell after chipping in to win the fourth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker

    USA's Jim Furyk, right, and Brandt Snedeker look over a shot on the fifth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Rory McIlroy

    Europe's Rory McIlroy is congratulated by teammate Graeme McDowell after chipping in to win the fourth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Tiger Woods, Ian Poulter

    USA's Tiger Woods, right, and Europe's Ian Poulter look over their shots during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Sergio Garcia

    Europe's Sergio Garcia watches his shot out of a bunker on the fourth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Phil Mickelson

    USA's Phil Mickelson runs off the second tee during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Graeme McDowell

    Europe's Graeme McDowell hits out of a bunker on the fifth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Phil Mickelson

    USA's Phil Mickelson watches his shot on the fourth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Keegan Bradley

    USA's Keegan Bradley hits a drive on the third hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Jim Furyk

    USA's Jim Furyk chips up to the fifth green during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Graeme McDowell

    Europe's Graeme McDowell hits a drive on the seventh hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Justin Rose

    Europe's Justin Rose looks at his shot from the rough on the third hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Ian Poulter

    Europe's Ian Poulter hits out of a bunker on the third hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Keegan Bradley

    USA's Keegan Bradley watches his shot on the sixth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Lee Westwood

    Europe's Lee Westwood hits out of a bunker on the third hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Ryder Cup

    Fans watch from the fifth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia

    Europe's Luke Donald, left, and Sergio Garcia celebrate after Donald made a putt to with the sixth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Justin Rose

    Europe's Justin Rose reacts after making a putt on the fourth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Graeme McDowell

    Europe's Graeme McDowell hits a shot on the seventh hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley

    USA's Phil Mickelson, left, and Keegan Bradley look over a shot on the first hole during a foresomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Rory McIlroy

    Europe's Rory McIlroy reacts after making a putt on the seventh hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Ryder Cup

    A USA fan watches during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Brandt Snedeker

    USA's Brandt Snedeker reacts after making a putt to win the eighth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Luke Donald

    Europe's Luke Donald hits a drive on the ninth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Brandt Snedeker

    USA's Brandt Snedeker reacts after a shot on the 10th hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Ian Poulter, Justin Rose

    Europe's Ian Poulter and Justin Rose look over a putt on the sixth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

  • Keegan Bradley

    USA's Keegan Bradley reacts after making a birdie putt to win the ninth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.