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
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
Martin Kaymer and Donald were the other pairing for a practice
round that Europe delayed by an hour because of the steady
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.