Ryder Cup Pairings
September 30, 2010 by staff
In a bold move, the U.S. captain Corey Pavin to play four members for the first time in an open session in the morning four-ball – two matched in the game of the fourth and final of the competition more ball. Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton will go against the Euro-glam pairing the name of Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington to close the morning session.
It is a decision that opens a wave Pavin guess.
Each captain speaks of a desire to take control of the early momentum, so the American captain anchor the opening session with a couple of rookies against a pro-European crowd attracted immediate debate.
That is especially true considering that Jim Furyk, Ryder Cup seven times the artist comes from a great victory on Sunday in the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, was left out.
“Well, he said he was tired,” joked Pavin of Furyk. “I was counting the money and he was very tired.”
As for the linking of Watson-Overton, Pavin said he has a good feeling.
“The kids are very excited to go out and play,” he said. “I really wanted to leave in the morning and the Ryder Cup experience.
“I felt as if he expected to play, hoping that would probably crazy. Are chomping at the bit to go. They both have a lot of firepower. You can do a lot of birdies and is a great format for both.”
Pavin will begin the day a little more predictable, linking two oldest rookie before moving on to a thought-to-be proven commodity.
Phil Mickelson, making his eighth start of the Ryder Cup, will join the first and Dustin Johnson in the opening match against Europe’s Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.
Westwood is ranked No. 3 in the world, but has not played competitively since early August due to a leg injury. Kaymer is a Ryder Cup rookie, but also happens to be coming off a victory in the PGA Championship.
“Dustin and I wanted to arrive early,” said Mickelson. “We like the challenge of playing a European team very difficult.”
In the second game, the U.S. send veteran Stewart Cink and rookie Matt Kuchar against Northern Ireland duo of rookie Rory McIlroy and U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell.
The couple hopes of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, a matched set 4-0 in the Presidents Cup last year in the third game against Ian Poulter and rookie Ross Fisher.
Woods continues his streak of never missing a session in any Ryder Cups he has played, for a total of 26 consecutive games.
In the past, Woods has been traditionally slots in the first group, which is used in an effort to produce a quick start. This time, having been assigned to the third group, Europe captain Colin Montgomerie suggested that it was “Tiger is hidden.”
“But we all know, every point is important wherever it is,” said Monty. “Ian Poulter is eager to get going now.
“It’s a very difficult game, of course. Tiger and Steve, probably the two best players on the U.S. team.”
Watson / Overton and Donald Harrington / then finish the morning.
“That’s a surprise,” Montgomerie said of the rookie U.S. pairing. “It’s strange … I would not say that the decision strange, do not misunderstand me. Something like that.
“I know Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington did not expect to play two rookies in the final game. I would not have expected that.”
Combinations for the game in the afternoon alternate shot will be announced after the work in the morning.
“Matches are fun,” said Pavin. “When you start looking at them, you start to think about it. Both teams are good and so deep, you can only pull two names from a hat for each side and put the boys together and they will have a great game.
“Obviously, I pull two names from a hat for each group. But I like a partner. I think every game will be a great game.’re Going to be fun and that will be fun.’re Going to be very difficult to predict “.
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