The Ryder Cup pairings have delivered once again. Europe will start by sending out world number one and US Open winner John Rahm alongside the legendary Sergio Garcia, who has won more points than anybody else for Europe in history. However, the USA have matched them up to set up a gargantuan face off as Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas take centre stage in what looks to be the biggest match-up of the day.
Spieth and Thomas won three of their four matches back in 2018 and look to be in tip top form coming into this one but Garcia’s experience must not be underestimated. He has amassed 25½ points, the same as the entire US team combined and he could get the visitors off to a flying start at Whistling Straits.
"Everybody could have predicted the first," said Europe captain Padraig Harrington.
"They're putting their best out, we're putting our best out, let's have a go."
These four kick-off the foursomes on day one as four pairs of golfers will face off against each other, each pairing fighting for one point. The second match-up of the day sees world number two Dustin Johnson paired up with Collin Morikawa as the American duo come up against Viktor Hovland & Paul Casey.
This could be the underrated foursome of the day as Hovland and Casey have been two of the top golfers on the tour this year, while DJ and Morikawa need no introduction. It looks set to be a tough start to the day for Europe if they fail to win either of the opening two match-ups however, as on paper, pairings three and four are slightly weighted in the home sides’ favour.
Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka take on Matt Fitzpatrick and Lee Westwood and unfortunately for the Europeans, Westwood has been out of form. We are all well aware of Koepka’s class and the US should have the manpower to win this one fairly comfortably.
This final pairing also marginally favours the US although Europe have put two of their most experienced heads together for the final foursome. Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, who are both Ryder Cup rookies, take on Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter. Although the European duo have seen this stage several times, the form guide would suggest the Americans have the advantage, but can they handle the pressure on this stage?
These foursomes will be followed by the afternoon’s four-ball matches and the standings on day one usually go some way to determining the final outcome. Out of the last nine Ryder Cups, the team leading at the end of day one has won seven times.
Ryder Cup Pairings - Day One
1 - Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas vs Jon Rahm & Sergio Garcia
2 - Dustin Johnson & Collin Morikawa vs Viktor Hovland & Paul Casey
3 - Daniel Berger & Brooks Koepka vs Matt Fitzpatrick & Lee Westwood
4 - Xander Schauffele & Patrick Cantlay vs Rory McIlroy & Ian Poulter