Ryder Cup: Golfweek predicts the Saturday morning Foursome matches

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Ryder Cup: Golfweek predicts the Saturday morning Foursome matches

The American squad has its biggest lead after one day at the Ryder Cup since 1979.

Their European counterparts will need to get moving on Saturday to cut into the 6-2 deficit enjoyed by the home team at Whistling Straits.

The heart of Team Europe, Rory McIlroy, will not be playing Saturday morning as captain Padraig Harrington has benched one of his main players. The other Euros not playing in the Foursomes are Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter.

Not playing early for the U.S. will be Bryson DeChambeau, Scottie Scheffler, Harris English and Tony Finau.

Saturday morning Foursomes

8:05 a.m.

Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger (USA) vs. Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia (EUR)

Steve DiMeglio: A sense of urgency has set in for Europe and this leadoff match could prove vital. And Europe has two guns ready to deliver as Rahm and Garcia will move to 2-0 this week with the win.

Adam Schupak: John Rahm has been the one bright spot for Team Europe, earning 1½ points on Friday. Garcia is the king of Foursomes and paired with Rahm, they were shades of the old Seve-Ollie Spanish Armada. They will earn their team a full point.

8:21 a.m.

Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa (USA) vs. Paul Casey, Tyrrell Hatton (EUR)

Steve DiMeglio: A liked a lot of Hatton’s action Friday afternoon and Casey can’t continue his less-than-stellar play, but Johnson and Morikawa will move to 2-0 this week with another win.

Adam Schupak: I love that Johnson-Morikawa are paired together in foursomes. This team rolled to an easy victory on Friday morning and I expect them to do so again, this time against the Englishmen.

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8:37 a.m.

Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth (USA) vs. Viktor Hovland, Bernd Wiesberger (EUR)

Steve DiMeglio: Europe sends out two rookies and they will provide a surprising win as Hovland will come up big.

Adam Schupak: Spieth sat out the afternoon session and should be well-rested while Thomas seemed to find his stride late in his Four-Ball match. The American duo is just too tough with a home crowd pushing them on for a pair of rookies.

8:53 a.m.

Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay (USA) vs. Lee Westwood, Matt Fitzpatrick (EUR)

Steve DiMeglio: Cantlay and Schauffele were solid in Australia and will remain undefeated in Wisconsin. They are just playing too well and the U.S. will lead 8-4 after the third session.

Adam Schupak: I picked against Cantlay-Schauffele on Friday morning and I’m not making that mistake twice. These guys are so comfortable playing together and I’m surprised Harrington sent Westwood back out, who struggled in his one session. I think the U.S. builds on its lead.


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