CHASKA, Minn. – After sweeping Friday’s foursome session, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III went back to virtually the same lineup for alternate shot on Day 2.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed will anchor the Americans in the morning’s final match against Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello.
After sitting out the afternoon fourball session, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler will play Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters in the day’s first match. Fowler won his first Ryder Cup point on Friday with a 1-up victory over McIlroy and Andy Sullivan, but the Northern Irishman rebounded in the Friday fourball session with a 3-and-2 victory paired with Pieters.
Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson, who cruised on Day 1 to a 4-and-2 foursomes victory over Garcia and Martin Kaymer, will play Justin Rose and Chris Wood; and Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka will face Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick and Wood didn’t play at all on Friday for Europe, which prompted European captain Darren Clarke to alter his lineup from the one he sent out early on Day 1.
“I wanted to give the guys the opportunity. They didn't get to play today. They are almost like waiting for Christmas; they want to go and play,” Clarke said. “I didn't want to hold them back anymore.”
For the Europeans, Kaymer, Danny Willett, Lee Westwood and Sullivan will sit out the morning frame; and Dustin Johnson, Ryan Moore, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar will not play for the U.S.
“It's hard to sit guys out that win. That was our problem this morning. We had four matches, and if you take somebody out, that was a winning match,” Love said. “Obviously we were on a roll, but we also had four great players that were sitting there ready to go, part of our plan.”