CHASKA, Minn. – A task force, a handful of controversies and apologies, and two years of anticipation will finally give way to actual competition when the 41st Ryder Cup gets underway Friday morning.
Captains Davis Love III and Darren Clarke revealed their lineups for the opening foursome matches, and both will lead off with their strongest duo.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, 2-0-1 as a team at Gleneagles, will play Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, who also led off the Europeans two years ago in Scotland and went 3-0 as a team, in the day’s first match.
“We knew what [Clarke] was going to do with that first group,” Love said. “But we just picked four of our best alternate-shot pairings, foursomes pairings, and lined them up in the best order we thought for getting started. So we're excited about our four.”
In the second group out, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler will play Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan; they're followed by Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson vs. Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer.
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar will anchor the morning’s session against Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters.
For the U.S., Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker, J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore will sit out the first session; likewise, Chris Wood, Matt Fitzpatrick, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Danny Willett – all Ryder Cup rookies – will sit for Europe.
Here are the tee times for Friday morning's opening session:
Match 1, 7:35 a.m. - Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed (USA)
Match 2, 7:50 a.m. - Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler (USA) vs. Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan (EUR)
Match 3, 8:05 a.m. - Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer (EUR) vs. Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson (USA)
Match 4, 8:20 a.m. - Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar (USA) vs. Thomas Pieters and Lee Westwood (EUR)