MEDINAH, Illinois — United State captain Davis Love III didn't waste any time throwing three Ryder Cup rookies into the deep end on Friday morning. In a move that came as a bit of a surprise, Love put one rookie (Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner) in each of the first three groups for Friday morning's foursomes competition. As expected, he also paired Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker together, sending them off last as the morning anchor.
Jose Maria Olazabal went a more conventional route with his selections, pairing fellow countrymen Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell together in the first group, as well as successful Ryder Cuppers Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia. The Lee Westwood-Francesco Molinari pairing looks a little odd, but given Molinari's lack of experience and success in the biennial competition, it makes sense to send him off with a grizzled veteran like Westwood. The English duo of Justin Rose and Ian Poulter will anchor Europe's morning foursomes against Woods and Stricker.