Ryder Cup 2012 Pairings: Full Matchups for Saturday Afternoon Four-Ball

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IISeptember 29, 2012

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker of the USA celebrate winning the 11th hole during the Afternoon Four-Ball 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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The pairings for the Saturday afternoon four-ball round of the 2012 Ryder Cup have been released and the players now know their teammates and opponents.

The Americans fared far better during four-ball play in yesterday’s action, and the Europeans must keep pace today.

Here are the matchups set for this afternoon, via RyderCup.com.


Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie vs. Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar

Jonhson and Kuchar defeated Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer yesterday, and Jose Maria Olazabal has decided to make changes to his lineup.

Colsaerts was paired with Lee Westwood on Friday, but the Englishman will sit this round out.


Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari vs. Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson

Watson and Simpson took care of Lawrie and Peter Hanson during the first four-ball round, and Davis Love III saw no reason to break these two up. 

For the Europeans, Molinari will step in for Kaymer as Rose’s partner.


Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald vs. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker

Once again, Love decided that tampering with success is a bad idea, and kept Woods and Stricker together. 

Garcia and Donald will remain paired together for the Europeans, making these two friends the only pair from yesterday’s four-ball play to remain together.


Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter vs. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson

Dufner and Johnson will step in for Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickleson as the only new pair for the Americans.

They will take on McIlroy, who was previously paired with Graeme McDowell, and Poulter, who is playing his first four-ball of the tournament.