Europeans mix up pairings in Wednesdays practice round


Ryder Cup

NEWPORT, Wales – European captain Colin Montgomerie is keeping everyone guessing about his Ryder Cup pairings.

For the second day of practice Wednesday in the rain at Celtic Manor, Montgomerie hardly kept anyone together except for what is becoming obvious – Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari and the Northern Ireland duo of Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.

Lee Westwood was playing with Ross Fisher, while Padraig Harrington was with Peter Hanson. The Swede had been paired with Miguel Angel Jimenez, but on Wednesday the Spaniard was with Ian Poulter.

Martin Kaymer and Donald were the other pairing for a practice round that Europe delayed by an hour because of the steady rain.

The Americans kept several of their players together, mostly noticeable Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker; Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson; and Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan.

Jim Furyk is also in the Woods’ foursome with Rickie Fowler, the 21-year-old rookie who had never played with Woods until Wednesday. Matt Kuchar was with Stewart Cink, while Jeff Overton and Bubba Watson were together. There is speculation that Overton and Watson might only play once before the Sunday singles.

Montgomerie has said he wants all 12 of his side to play on the opening day of matches Friday.