Predictions for Day 1 fourballs at Ryder Cup


Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy will take on Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. (Getty)

Match 1: Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson (Europe) def. Bubba Watson-Webb Simpson (U.S.), 2 and 1.

The line: While Bubba golf may be the perfect fit for Augusta National, Gleneagles feels more like a U.S. Open, and the bomber will likely struggle all week.

Match 2: Rickie Fowler-Jimmy Walker (U.S.) def. Thomas Bjorn-Martin Kaymer (Europe), 2 up.

The line: If the U.S. is going to win its first Ryder Cup on foreign soil in 21 years it will need a boost from the next generation. Fowler and Walker will be the centerpiece of that turnaround.

Match 3: Jordan Spieth-Patrick Reed (U.S.) def. Stephen Gallacher-Ian Poulter (Europe), 1 up.

The line: This is not the same Poulter who rolled through the U.S. team two years ago at Medinah, and Reed seems poised to be a difference maker in his first Ryder Cup.

Match 4: Rory McIlroy-Sergio Garcia (Europe) def. Phil Mickelson-Keegan Bradley (U.S.), 2 up.

The line: This is Europe’s best pairing in any format and both are on form. A late-morning victory will be a serious momentum boost for the Continent.