After a mesmerizing first day at the 2012 Ryder Cup, we still have four foursome matchups and four fourball matchups set for Saturday at Medinah in Illinois.
Team USA has jumped out to a 5-3 lead after some spectacular team play. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley stormed through their foursome and fourball matches, winning two points for the Americans. Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson also put on a tremendous display in fourball play, defeating Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson, 5 & 4.
Here are Saturday's foursomes pairings (all times Eastern), via PGATour.com:
|Team USA||Tee Time||Team Europe|
|Dufner/Z. Johnson||8:50 a.m.||Colsaerts/Garcia|
Notice anything odd about Team USA?
That's right, both Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker are among the Americans sitting out on Saturday.
As ESPN Stats & Info pointed out, this is the first time in Woods' Ryder Cup career that he has sat out a session:
Tiger Woods not in morning foursomes. This is 1st time in Woods' career that he will sit out a Ryder Cup session as active member of team.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 29, 2012
It makes sense for Woods to sit out foursomes if he's going to sit a session out. He came into the 2012 Ryder Cup with a career foursomes record of 4-7-1 and now—after losing to Ian Poulter and Justin Rose alongside Stricker on Friday—his record in the format stands at 4-8-1.
Fourball play, of course, saw Tiger explode on the links on Friday. He almost single-handedly tied Team Europe, but a long putt on the 18th nicked the edge of the hole. He is now 5-7-0 in that format.
The top pairings to watch out for on Saturday include Rose and Poulter, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson and, last but not least, Mickelson and Bradley.
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