Ryder Cup 2016: Love to Lead Off With Foursomes Friday, Saturday Morning

September 20, 2016

Davis Love III is sticking to his plan from 2012.

Just as he did when he captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team four years ago at Medinah, Love has elected to play foursomes (alternate shot) to begin play Friday and Saturday at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota, next week. They will be followed by afternoon fourball.

The home captain always has the privilege to decide which format — fourball or foursomes — will be played first.

If the Americans want to change their luck in the biennial event, they’ll need to improve their foursomes record from 2014, when they failed to win a single match. The Europeans finished 3-0-1 each day in alternate shot. Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker halved their match on Friday and Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed halved their Saturday match for the only U.S. points in the format.

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Love also decided to play foursomes first when he captained the 2012 team at Medinah. The U.S. fared better in the format then. It owned a 5-3 record in those matches and led 8-4 going into Saturday afternoon foursomes, but a 10-6 lead entering Sunday singles evaporated and became a 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 loss.

The U.S owns an 8-13-3 record in alternate shot since 2010.