Ryder Cup PREDICTED pairings: Fourballs and Foursomes

We have taken a stab at who we think captains Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker will pair together at Whistling Straits.

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Tue, 14 Sep 2021

Ryder Cup: PREDICTED pairings: Fourballs and Foursomes

Now that Team Europe and Team USA have been decided for the Ryder Cup, there is only one more question to be answered: What are those all-important pairings likely to be?

Unfortunately, Tommy Fleetwood does not have Francesco Molinari to bounce off after the pair formed a formidable partnership that won four points at Le Golf National in 2018.

Ian Poulter was chosen as a captain's pick for the third time in a row in this Ryder Cup, and he has previously been paired with Rory McIlroy.

The pair inspired the comeback on Saturday evening at Medinah and they have also been previously paired together at the 2014 and 2018 Ryder Cups in Scotland and France.

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Jon Rahm was paired with Justin Rose three years ago but the Englishman has not made Harrington's 12-man team for the matches at Whistling Straits - much to the frustration of many European golf fans. 

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As for the Americans, I would be shocked if FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay and Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele were not paired together, as they teamed up in every pairs session of the 2019 Presidents Cup.

They are also known for playing many practice rounds together and they have joined forces on the PGA Tour for the Zurich Classic. 

Long-time friends Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth won three of their four matches in 2018, and without Spieth's former partner Patrick Reed in the US side, I expect to see Thomas and Speith going strong again.

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It is uncertain as to who 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChmabeau will be paired with. He had the pleasure of teaming up with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in 2018, but he lost on both occasions.

These are some of the most likely pairings for the fourballs and foursomes at the 2021 Ryder Cup, in our opinion: 

Predicted Pairings

Fourballs

Europe:

- Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia

- Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey

- Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick

- Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood

USA: 

- Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele

- Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth

- Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau

- Bryson DeChambeau and Harris English

FOURSOMES

Europe:

- Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter

- Jon Rahm and Viktor Hovland

- Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry

- Sergio Garcia and Bernd Wiesberger

USA: 

- Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele

- Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas

- Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka

- Jordan Spieth and Scottie Scheffler

 

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