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Pairings: Saturday morning fourballs

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DUBLIN, Ohio – Fred Couples has always been a stick-with-what-is-working type of captain. His pairings for the Saturday morning fourballs session should come as no surprise.

The United States captain kept his three winning teams from the morning’s completed foursomes session together, using the tandems of Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley, Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth/Steve Stricker for a third consecutive session.

Additionally, Couples reunited two other teams from the opening fourballs session, pairing Bill Haas with Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker with Hunter Mahan.

In the first session that doesn’t feature every team member, Couples opted to rest Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, who had the most holes to finish up in their foursomes match earlier in the morning.

“We saved them for the alternate shot,” he explained. “Obviously the hardest thing is to sit someone, and that's just the choice we made.”

As for Nick Price, he didn’t vary much with his selections, either.

The International captain called on four pairings for the third consecutive session: Ernie Els/Brendon De Jonge; Jason Day/Graham DeLaet; Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel; and Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama.

The only new team for Price will consist of Angel Cabrera playing with rookie Branden Grace.

“I felt Angel and Branden would do really well together in best ball,” the captain said. “They both hit the ball a long way. They are making a lot of birdies.”

Marc Leishman and Richard Sterne will each sit out the session for the International team.

Here are the five matches for Saturday morning’s fourballs session:

8:33 a.m.: Mickelson/Bradley (USA) vs. Els/de Jonge (INTL)

8:47 a.m.: Spieth/Stricker (USA) vs. Day/DeLaet (INTL)

9:01 a.m.: Haas/Simpson (USA) vs. Cabrera/Grace (INTL)

9:15 a.m.: Snedeker/Mahan (USA) vs. Oosthuizen/Schwartzel (INTL)

9:29 a.m.: Woods/Kuchar (USA) vs. Scott/Matsuyama (INTL)