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Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth to lead Team USA in Friday foursome

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are up for the challenge of leading the United States against the European Spanish duo of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia in Friday’s Ryder Cup quartets.

Spieth said: “I think Stricks instilled a lot of confidence in me and Justin, we didn’t know where he was going to put us until this afternoon and I’m very excited to go out and try to set the pace. for the rest of the team. “

“Very excited to start,” added Thomas. “In the last few days you have been ready and excited and everyone is in the know. I only played one but I know it goes pretty quickly. I take whatever I can and am ready to do it. Go. “

Rahm said he was honored to have had the chance to come out first alongside his compatriot Spain.

European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington explains the reasoning behind his Friday foursome picks and takes a first look at the matches in the opening session

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European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington explains the reasoning behind his Friday foursome picks and takes a first look at the matches in the opening session

European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington explains the reasoning behind his Friday foursome picks and takes a first look at the matches in the opening session

He said: “It is a great honor. It means the captain has confidence in me and who I am in partnership with. We are looking to start in the right way. So nothing better than being paired with my friend here, although he’s probably in the process of picking one up and I’m glad he does. It is a real honor. The Spanish heritage runs deep in the Ryder Cup and I hope we can start a new tradition.

“It’s going to be a good game and it’s rightly the right way to start a Ryder Cup, and we’re all excited. “

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Garcia added, “I’m excited. Jon is not only a good friend but an amazing player and we all know what he can do and what he has done. It’s gonna be exciting. It’s going to be nervous on the first tee but that’s what the Ryder Cup is all about. I’ve been there before, and I’m very, very excited and I hope we can play well as I know and score a point for Europe. “

Ryder Cup Captains Stricker and Harrington announce lineup for Friday's first quartets

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Ryder Cup Captains Stricker and Harrington announce lineup for Friday’s first quartets

Open champion Collin Morikawa is looking forward to teaming up with Dustin Johnson for his first Ryder Cup appearance against Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland as a quartet.

” I can not wait. I’m so excited, ”said the 24-year-old. “It means everything to everyone and obviously I just want to put a dot on the board from the start. Can’t wait – it’s going to be very exciting.

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“DJ and I have gotten along really well for two and a half years since I’ve been a pro. We spent a lot of time together so it’s a very comfortable couple and that helps especially in the alternate format. ”

Morikawa is the youngest member of the U.S. team, while world number 2 Johnson is the oldest at 37.

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Dustin Johnson, the American “veteran”, will play with Collin Morikawa in the quartets

Johnson said: “We complement each other very well and I think we will be a strong team. We just have to go out and play our game and play some good golf if we are to win. meet. “

Casey said, “It’s like Christmas Eve. The Ryder Cup is so special, playing the first session is a great honor too. Captain Harrington obviously has confidence in my abilities, but also playing with Viktor it shows everyone how good this guy is. Rookies tend not to play the first few sessions in a way, especially something like foursomes. But I can’t wait to start with this guy standing next to me. ”

Viktor Hovland meets Paul Casey during training

Viktor Hovland meets Paul Casey during training

Hovland added: “It will obviously be interesting to see what they can come up with as a team, but I’m pretty confident in our ability to give them a really good game, it will be fun. “

Brooks Koepka is looking forward to playing alongside Daniel Berger against England duo Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick.

Brooks Koepka to star alongside Daniel Berger

Brooks Koepka to star alongside Daniel Berger

Koepka said: “I played with Daniel in the Presidents Cup and I love playing with him. I think it will be fun. Hope we get out there and do what we’re supposed to do.

Berger added: “We’re bringing a little different style of play. I’m a little more methodical and he’s a little more bomb and gauge, but I think when you play the two pair together I think we play each other well. In alternative shooting, it’s really about how you get along with your partner. Together we make a good team. ”

“They’re going to be tough and they have good short games. They won’t make too many mistakes. “

Fitzpatrick said, “You want to play all the games, so starting and playing on Friday morning is very special. “

And looking ahead to the game, Westwood added, “Obviously two good players, but foursomes are a tough game. You know you have to try to get in early and I’m sure we can. Try and get up early and keep the pressure on. “

USA team captain Steve Stricker introduces his 12 players to the Ryder Cup opening ceremony

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USA team captain Steve Stricker introduces his 12 players to the Ryder Cup opening ceremony

USA team captain Steve Stricker introduces his 12 players to the Ryder Cup opening ceremony

Rory McIlroy is looking forward to teaming up with Ian Poulter for Europe in the foursome in an anchor match that will pit their experience against US rookies Patrick Cantlay and Xander Sc Chaudele.

“Really excited,” McIlroy said. “Poults and I have been playing this thing for almost a decade, since 2012. We scored points for Europe, which is really important, but we also had a lot of fun doing it. So we’re going to go this week and have fun and play hard and try to score points for our team.

Rory McIlroy shakes hands with Ian Poulter after news they'll be playing together

Rory McIlroy shakes hands with Ian Poulter after it was announced they would be playing together

“Yes, they’re rookies, but they’re not rookies. I think they are very experienced players. Patrick has had a hell of a year and Xander is a great player. It’s probably not quite comparable to what a Ryder Cup is, so they’ll feel a little different on the first tee. They are great players and it’s going to be a great game. Poults and I just need to get out there and play our game and if we do, we’ll put points on the board. “

Poulter added: ” [Experience] matters a lot. We have played great golf together over the years and it will be another special game. To be there, great course, it will be windy. It will be a good test, and like you said, it’s all about scoring points on the board. We have done it a lot for Team Europe and we will do it again. “

Cantlay and ScHotele make a much-vaunted couple for the United States, with the first saying: « Alex and I have played together before and are looking forward to a great game. I am excited to begin.

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” It will be fantastic. Wisconsin fans will show up and cheer us on all day. They’ve been great so far this week and it’s just practice rounds and I can’t wait to get it over with. “

Sc Chaudele added: “I’m excited. Pat and I played a lot together and we played the Presidents Cup together. I can’t wait to play a strong European team.

“You always want to play against the best. The best way to challenge your game. Pat and I can’t wait to score a point on the board and go from there. “

Who will win the 43rd Ryder Cup? Watch live on Sky Sports’ Ryder Cup channel throughout the week. Live coverage of the Foursomes begins Friday from 1 p.m. on Sky Sports Ryder Cup.