2016 Ryder Cup Friday afternoon pairings
CHASKA, Minn. -- With a U.S. stunning sweep of the morning foursomes, just the ninth in Ryder Cup history that either side accomplished the feat, European captain Darren Clarke is already under-the-gun to right the ship. But that doesn't mean he's going to break up his opening duo of Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson, even after they lost 3 and 2 to Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in the morning session. They'll be first out in the afternoon four-ball sessions and they get a rematch out of the chute.
As for the other European pairings, Sergio Garcia returns with a new partner, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, taking on two of Davis Love III’s captain’s picks, J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore.
Clarke sends Martin Kaymer back out, this time with Danny Willett, to face Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka in the third match.
And to close out the afternoon, Rory McIlroy sheds Andy Sullivan for Thomas Pieters, giving Clarke a powerful duo to battle the morning’s standout winners, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, in the anchor match.
The afternoon four-balls lineups are wisely missing Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson, two all-time Ryder Cup greats who struggled badly in the morning.
The tee times (all times CT):
12:30 p.m.: Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed (USA) vs. Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (Europe)
12:45 p.m.: J.B. Holmes/Ryan Moore (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Europe)
1:00 p.m.: Brandt Snedeker/Brooks Koepka (USA) vs. Martin Kaymer/Danny Willett (Europe)
1:15 p.m.: Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar (USA) vs. Rory McIlroy/Thomas Pieters (Europe)