I'm hoping @MarkT can post up the GM link but the European Team have just posted pictures of the players with other half's, plus one of the women on their own, plus Hovland and Fitzpatrick. I am guessing they are both single. They are grinning like Cheshire Cats, Hovland even more so in another picture released. GM have posted them on their FB site. Fun pictures.
I get Poulter/McIlroy from a putting point of view, but off the tee? Not so much. Poulter is giving Rory on average 35 yards more on his next shot than he usually hits. At least Poulter is hot round the greens. Let's hope Rory can still give Poulter some good looks at birdie.
I guess Harrington knows what he's up to, but this seems a bit of a stretch.
I reckon 2-2 is a best case, followed by carnage in the afternoon.
Really hoping not, but it looks a bit desperate already.
Matches 1 and 4 are very interesting, hopefully will live up to the expectation.
Initially I was a bit 'meh' about matches 2 and 3, thinking the USA would easily take the points; but now I'm thinking they are a bit more interesting and can see Match 3 as a potential cracker with Westwood's experience and hopefully Koepka's indifference and individuality putting pressure on Berger. Much as I like Hovland, I just think DJ and Morikawa is a cracking pairing. Would take 2-2 at the end of the session, head says 2.5 to 1.5 USA.
Sorry to bring it up again, but had to open this website again this morning at work for myself and mate to have a laugh about the prices.
Ryder Cup Parka = £3,815. What has a Parka jacket got to do with the Ryder Cup? I'll tell you, they simply called it "28Matches Travel Parka", therefore the name is inspired by how many games they play in the Ryder Cup. That is the only connection. Would love to see someone with more money than sense buy it, and play golf in it.
Plain black jumper = £1,535 (I could buy one of similar style for £5 on Amazon).
Back to today, I'm quietly confident for Europe, despite knowing anything could happen. Listening to many of the player interviews last night, it seems that Americans simply never play match play when growing up, certainly not foursomes. Same game, but completely different mindset. I've been awful in medals / stableford last few years, as I cannot string 18 holes together. But, I do very well in match play as there is no stress about having the odd disaster. It is a tactical battle against your opponent, not just the marathon of building a score. So, I hope that experience really helps the Europeans.
Mind you, surprisingly in Casey's interview, he went further and said some clubs in UK only let you on if you play foursomes, to speed up play. I've never heard of this, is this a thing? Although, the hilarious part of his interview was he vividly described a Ryder Cup match he played in in the past, where Europe were 6-2 down, won his match, Westy and the boys did the business in the afternoon and then Europe ended up winning. After he gave his beautiful story, the journalists corrected him, saying Europe were actually 6-2 up at that point, not down.
Westwood couldn't keep his driver on the planet at the BMW. But that might not be too much of an issue with this course setup.
Morikawa went from being the best iron player in the world by a country mile, to not being able to hit a green from 100yards due to his back. But if DJ drives it well he'll have a lot of mid irons into the par 5s.
DeChambeau one of the form players going into the Ryder Cup, but Stricker probably does not see him as a foursomes player. Probably right, but would have been very interested to see him in the foursomes, see what he does. I guess he'll be in the gym lifting weights this morning, ready to smash his ball all over the place in the fourballs
If the members at Muirfield are playing bounce games they generally play Foursomes, probably gets them back in the clubhouse quicker for their lunch and drinks, visitors can play whatever format they want in my experience