Europe looks to start fast, quiet Ryder Cup crowd

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They’ll face Mickelson and rookie Keegan Bradley this time.

“It’s not a pairing that surprises you because they play a lot of golf together and know each other very well,” Donald said. “But we’ve had some success against Phil before, and hopefully we can again tomorrow.”

The third pairing features Jason Dufner, another U.S. rookie, and Zach Johnson against Lee Westwood and Francisco Molinari. Love saved his best team for last, sending out Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods, who are 6-2 together in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. They’ll face Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

Poulter is 8-3 in the Ryder Cup, though two of those losses were to Woods in team matches. Both of those matches were fourballs, where Woods has a stronger record.

“We’ve had some pretty good success over the years, and we both have been playing well,” Woods said. “Our captain said that would be a good fit, and he wanted us out there to anchor.”

Both captains said all week the tough part would be figuring out who to leave out. Olazabal elected to bench Paul Lawrie, Martin Kaymer, Peter Hanson and Nicolas Colsaerts, the only rookie on Europe’s side. Love sat out the pairing of Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson, and Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

“I won’t make any predictions, but I can tell you this: I love my team and I love the pairings,” Love said. “I love the plan we’ve got going, and I’m excited to watch them go play.”

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