Rory McIlroy paired with well-known partner in Ian Poulter for the opening morning of foursomes at the Ryder Cup – with Jon Rahm in the first match as Padraig Harrington’s team look to retain the trophy against the US
- Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter take on Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele
- First up, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia take on Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth
- Europe Captain Padraig Harrington was emotional during the opening ceremony
- The Americans – captained by Steve Stricker – are considered heavy favorites
Stalwarts Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter will form a duo today as Europe begins their battle with the US at the 43rd Ryder Cup.
The Northern Irish and English friends, who are no stranger to success in the league, take on Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele on what looks like an explosive first morning.
First in the foursome, Spanish duo Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia take on Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth as Padraig Harrington’s men try to keep the trophy after the 2018 success in Paris in Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits.
Stalwarts Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter will form a duo as Europe begins their battle with the US
“We’re ready to go,” an emotional Harrington said at the opening ceremony last night.
“We’ve been waiting for this for years. After everything the world has been through in the past two years, it is such a joy and relief to be here.”
Elsewhere, England duo Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick take on Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, while Paul Casey and rookie Viktor Hovland take on Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa.
Despite Europe having triumphed in four of their last five encounters, the Americans – captained by Steve Stricker – are considered big favorites on the shores of Lake Michigan.
The US squad is made up of eight of the world’s top 10 and a partisan home crowd will provide raucous support.
Meanwhile, an agitated number one in the world, Rahm vowed to “let the clubs and the ball do the talking” as he seeks revenge here after being controversially pioneered by Cantlay for the PGA award.
American Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa take on Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland