SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE | The Ryder Cup resumes Saturday morning with another round of four-ball matches. Here’s a quick look at the matchups:
Rory McIlroy-Sergio García (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka-Tony Finau (U.S.): Thomas Bjørn puts McIlroy with another emotional leader in García, much like he did Friday afternoon when he paired Rory with Ian Poulter. McIlroy was like a different player and that seems to have gone into Bjørn’s thinking. Koepka and Finau looked immediately comfortable together which had to be reassuring to captain Jim Furyk.
Paul Casey-Tyrrell Hatton (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson-Rickie Fowler (U.S.): There’s a reason Furyk didn’t change any of his four-ball pairings – he likes them and for good reason. Johnson and Fowler rolled Friday morning and there’s no reason to split them up. Casey and Hatton showed their mettle rallying from a 3-down deficit before losing.
Francesco Molinari-Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods-Patrick Reed (U.S.): Rematch. What happened Friday morning with Fleetwood pulling out the match for the Europeans changed the vibe. Woods and Reed didn’t look like themselves. That will have to change today against Europe’s new star pairing.
Ian Poulter-Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas-Jordan Spieth (U.S.): This is a beauty of a match, full of fire and spice. Rahm was inconsistent in his one match Friday but he’s built for this event. Spieth and Thomas go together like peanut butter and jelly. There should be a lot of birdies in this match.