Europe mixes things up for Ryder Cup pairings

European captain Colin Montgomerie is keeping everyone guessing

about his Ryder Cup pairings.

For the second day of practice Wednesday in the rain at Celtic

Manor, Montgomerie hardly kept anyone together except for what is

becoming obvious – Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari

and the Northern Ireland duo of Graeme McDowell and Rory

McIlroy.

Lee Westwood was playing with Ross Fisher, while Padraig

Harrington was with Peter Hanson. The Swede had been paired with

Miguel Angel Jimenez, but on Wednesday the Spaniard was with Ian

Poulter.

Martin Kaymer and Donald were the other pairing for a practice

round that Europe delayed by an hour because of the steady

rain.

The Americans kept several of their players together, mostly

noticeable Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker; Dustin Johnson and Phil

Mickelson; and Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan.

Jim Furyk is also in the Woods’ foursome with Rickie Fowler, the

21-year-old rookie who had never played with Woods until Wednesday.

Matt Kuchar was with Stewart Cink, while Jeff Overton and Bubba

Watson were together. There is speculation that Overton and Watson

might only play once before the Sunday singles.

Montgomerie has said he wants all 12 of his side to play on the

opening day of matches Friday.