CHASKA, Minn. – The golf world wanted it, the golf world gets it.
Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed have been the two best players all week at Hazeltine and now they will lead off singles Sunday in the first match.
“Well, we didn’t speak to each other about where he was going to put Patrick, and he probably guessed where I was going to put Rory,” European captain Darren Clarke said. “It’s a mouth-watering prospect for the first match off tomorrow morning.”
Reed has paired with Jordan Spieth in all four matches and has collected a 2-1-1 record. He single-handedly willed his team to victory in Saturday afternoon fourballs against Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. Reed played possessed and was 8 under in 17 holes.
McIlroy, on the other hand, has played just as well. He lost his opening match, but he has rebounded with three consecutive victories paired with rookie Thomas Pieters.
Spieth will play Stenson in the second singles match, Justin Rose will play Rickie Fowler in the fourth match and Sergio Garcia will face Phil Mickelson in the sixth match. Matthew Fitzpatrick will play Zach Johnson in the last match. Martin Kaymer, who was in the 11th position four years ago when he drained the winning putt at Medinah, is in the 11th position again.
Speaking of Medinah, Davis Love III hasn’t talked much about that disaster this week. However, on Saturday night he admitted that he and his assistant captains gathered in the back of the lockerroom poring over singles lineups from each of the last few Ryder Cups. So, yes, they talked about Medinah. But they haven’t talked about it with the team.
“We all talked about it, but that’s our job,” Love said. “That’s the reason why we’re the captains.
“We will use that experience to our advantage and hopefully every one of those 12 matches will just go play their match and try to win their point, do the best they can for the team.”
Sunday singles lineup for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National (All times ET).
Match 17, 12:04 p.m.: Patrick Reed (U.S.) vs. Rory McIlroy (EUR)
Match 18, 12:15 p.m.: Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Henrik Stenson (EUR)
Match 19, 12:26 p.m.: J.B. Holmes (U.S.) vs. Thomas Pieters (EUR)
Match 20, 12:37 p.m.: Rickie Fowler (U.S.) vs. Justin Rose (EUR)
Match 21, 12:48 p.m.: Jimmy Walker (U.S.) vs. Rafa Cabrera Bello (EUR)
Match 22, 12:59 p.m.: Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Sergio Garcia (EUR)
Match 23, 1:10 p.m.: Ryan Moore (U.S.) vs. Lee Westwood (EUR)
Match 24, 1:21 p.m.: Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Andy Sullivan (EUR)
Match 25, 1:32 p.m.: Dustin Johnson (U.S.) vs. Chris Wood (EUR)
Match 26, 1:43 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (U.S.) vs. Danny Willett (EUR)
Match 27, 1:54 p.m.: Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Martin Kaymer (EUR)
Match 28, 2:05 p.m.: Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick (EUR)