Breaking down Saturday morning's foursome matches at the Ryder Cup

Saturday September 20th, 2008

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — European captain Nick Faldo delivered a shocker with Saturday morning's foursomes pairings. Sergio Garcia, who hasn't lost a foursomes match in nine tries, and Lee Westwood, who rallied to salvage a pair of halves on Friday, won't be playing when the Euros try to bounce back from a 5 1/2 -2 1/2 deficit.

\n Faldo will send out two of the same alternate-shot teams he sent out Friday, but he mixed up the two others and benched two of his strongest players in Garcia and Westwood. American captain Paul Azinger, meanwhile, stayed with the exact same pairings he had Friday morning, merely juggling the order of play.

\n Saturday's lineup:

\n \n \n 8:05 a.m. Stewart Cink-Chad Campbell vs. Ian Poulter-Justin Rose
\nIt's a rematch of a close one that Campbell effectively settled with a superlative 5-iron second shot onto the green at the par-5 18th. Rose and Poulter rallied to win Europe's only match in the afternoon, and they're playing well. Rose and Poulter are on a mission.
The pick: Europe

\n \n 8:20 a.m. Justin Leonard-Hunter Mahan vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez-Graeme McDowell
\nThe Texans were the story of Friday's matches, winning twice and looking like they developed the kind of chemistry that used to be the Euros' sole property. McDowell made his share of birdies in the afternoon but had some errant shots, too. Jimenez is always tough, but Leonard and Mahan are on a roll that won't be stopped.
The pick: United States

\n \n 8:35 a.m. Phil Mickelson-Anthony Kim vs. Henrik Stenson-Oliver Wilson
\nMickelson and Kim are America's power couple. They recovered from 3-down deficits in both of their matches, winning a point and a half. Stenson struggled in the morning, and this is a scary time for the rookie Wilson to make his debut. Kim is pushing Mickelson to play his best golf.
The pick: United States

\n \n 8:50 a.m. Jim Furyk-Kenny Perry vs. Padraig Harrington-Robert Karlsson
\nHarrington took a halve and a loss Friday, but it was his terrific clutch putting that kept the Euros in both matches. With Garcia and Westwood strangely missing in action, Harrington and Karlsson are Europe's best team. Perry and Furyk played well in the morning until their bogey-bogey-bogey finish left them with a halve. This is a must-win match for the European side.
The pick: Europe

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