Ryder Cup Pairings: Ranking the Foursomes on Day 2

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2012

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley of the USA wait on a green during the Morning Foursome Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 28, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Day 1 of the 2012 Ryder Cup served as a telling point for the pairings Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal had chosen to open the tournament.

The Phil Mickelson-Keegan Bradley duo looks brilliant, and ditto for selecting rookie Nicholas Colsaerts to play on his first day.

Even though Tiger Woods will sit this morning, the Ryder Cup pairings for Saturday are ripe with the world's best. Each captain made sure their "hot" teams were on the lineup card for Day 2 at Medinah Country Club.

Not all foursomes are equal, though. Let's rank Saturday's juiciest matchups.


Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson vs. Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia

This American pair may not bring much excitement, but these two had no problem disposing Lee Westwood and Frencesco Molinari in Frdiday's morning rounds.

The real story here will be if Colsaerts can continue his magical run at Medinah. Garcia is a strong partner, historically. He has 14 total Ryder Cup was to his resume. His experience should help wonders for his rookie partner.


Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson vs. Justin Rose and Ian Poulter

Both of these pairs won when they were paired together Friday, so expect a dogfight for a point in this one.

This year's Masters champion and U.S. Open champion will try to keep up their magical years, while their opponents are out to know them off their pedestals. If both pairs stay red hot from yesterday, this foursome feature the highest birdie count of this Ryder Cup.


Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker vs. Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell

These same four played Friday morning, and we're happy to have a second helping.
They have a bit of bad blood after Furyk disputed a rule early on in Friday's round. McIlroy merely proceeded to follow that confrontation with a merciless day on the greens. Stay tuned for world-class golf and some testy moments.

The Americans want this one badly, as they'd like to keep McIlroy out of the picture. Brandt Snedeker needs to finish like he did in the FedEx Cup championship for the Americans to have a chance.


Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson vs. Lee Westwood and Luke Donald

The American super team of Bradley and Mickelson hit putts and had fun doing it on Friday. They may have set the record for most yelling on a golf course in Ryder Cup history, but they their play has backed it up.

The Europeans will counter with one of their most experienced Ryder Cup pairings possible. Westwood leads Team Europe in Ryder Cup wins, while Donald's match play record heading into the tournament was almost immaculate.

Loaded with top names and a hot newcomer, this group is certainly the best foursome on the board.