Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter drafted in to play with Rory McIlroy in foursomes

Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter drafted in to play with Rory McIlroy in foursomes – as US summon Phil Mickelson

  • The Ryder Cup pairings for Friday’s foursomes matches have been announced
  • Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn named their picks toward the end of fourballs
  • Ian Poulter comes in to pair with Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson is called upon
  • Phil Mickelson is selected alongside DeChambeau after sitting out morning

Team Europe captain Thomas Bjorn has selected Ian Poulter to play alongside Rory McIlroy in Friday afternoon’s fourballs event with Team US leading the way at Le Golf National.

Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren also come in for the Europeans while Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari are the only pair to remain the same from the morning matches.

Jim Furyk has brought in Phil Mickelson for the afternoon and he will play alongside Bryson DeChambeau, while Tiger Woods sits out.  


1250 Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose v Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler

1305 Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter v Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson

1320 Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren v Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau

1335 Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood v Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth


Stenson will join up with world No 2 Justin Rose, replacing Jon Rahm. 

The pair will kick things off at 12:50 against world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who sticks with Rickie Fowler after a successful morning. 

The foursomes format differs from fourballs in that each team will use only one ball as they take alternate shots on their way around the course.

The team with the lowest score on a hole will get a point, if both teams finish the hole in the same number of strokes it is halved. 


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