Those last two morning matches should be something to watch.
Closing out the opening ceremonies, the captains announced the lineups for Friday morning’s Four-balls. The first two seem interesting enough: Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson will take on Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, followed by Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker going up against Thomas Björn and Martin Kaymer. Those should be close and fun.
But the last two will be fireworks and fortitude.
Match 3 pits two rookies – Jordan Spieth, last seen shooting 80 at East Lake in the Tour Championship, and Patrick Reed, who hasn’t played like a top-15 player, much less a top-five since early summer – against the only Scot on the European team, Stephen Gallacher, who received the largest ovation by far of any player, and firebrand Ian Poulter, who becomes a cross between Rocky Balboa and Marty Feldman during these matches.
If that’s not interesting enough, the final morning match is as marquee as it gets. Phil Mickelson and his emotional partner Keegan Bradley will go up against world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and Sergio García. That one could be the show of the week.
Sitting Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson is a bit of a surprise but Tom Watson, while sometimes wrong, is never uncertain.
Now, it’s time for play to finally begin.