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Ryder Cup: Friday's opening fourballs matches revealed

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-09-28 01:50:22

Rory McIlroy's hugely successful partnership with Thomas Pieters two years ago has prompted European captain Thomas Bjorn to pair the four-time major winner with Thorbjorn Olesen in the second match out.

McIlroy and Olesen face world No 1 Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler, with Paul Casey partnering another rookie in Tyrrell Hatton as they face Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in match three.

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Woods has been suffering with a cold and a stiff back during the practice days in Paris, prompting rumours that he could sit out the opening session.

But he has been passed fit to play alongside Patrick Reed in an intriguing encounter with Open champion Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, meaning Europe will have a debutant in every match.

However, European talisman Ian Poulter is perhaps a surprising omission from the opening wave of matches, although he is expected to tee up in the Friday afternoon foursomes.

Swedish due Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren will also have the morning off along with Sergio Garcia, while Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson will hope to have their first taste of the action in the afternoon.

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