McIlroy partners Garcia in fourball matches

Rory McIlroy partners Sergio Garcia in first fourball session

Rory McIlroy partners Sergio Garcia in first fourball session

Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson saved the best win until last in their first set of pairings for tomorrow’s first series of Ryder Cup fourball matches at Gleneagles.

After this afternoon's Opening Ceremony, the two men named their teams and the match they catches the eye is the last of the four out on course, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia for Europe against Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley for the US.

McIlroy and Garcia are birdie machines and with each man playing his own ball, one of the pair can afford a wild shot here and there, as long as his partner is close to the fairway or the pin.

Mickelson and Bradley were a brilliant pairing for the US two years ago, winning all three of their games together. They feed off each other and this could be a match to remember.

From an Irish point of view, McGinley has benched Graeme McDowell. Presumably the 2014 French Open winner will play in the afternoon foursomes.

MORNING FOURBALLS (first tee-off – 07:35am)

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson v Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson

Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer v Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker

Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter v Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed 

Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy v Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson

 

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