Day 2 Schedule for the 2023 Ryder Cup: Matchups, Pairings, and Tee Times Revealed for U.S. and Europe Teams

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Day 2 Schedule for the 2023 Ryder Cup: Matchups, Pairings, and Tee Times Revealed for U.S. and Europe Teams

The 2023 Ryder Cup is unfolding as a potential blowout, with Europe seizing a commanding 6.5 to 1.5 lead, mirroring the largest Day 1 margin in the event’s history. The home team, basking in their successful strategy, has opted to maintain the same morning foursomes teams, with a subtle tweak.

The quartet of European pairs, who secured a resounding 4-0 victory in the Friday morning foursomes, will return to action, led by the dynamic duo of Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood. McIlroy and Fleetwood, after triumphing over Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, will exchange positions with Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton in the lineup as they face another formidable American pair, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

Spieth and Thomas were the first to put points on the board for the U.S., and their performance will be crucial if the American team hopes to stage a historic comeback. Having rested during the foursomes, Spieth and Thomas must ignite the American side with their trademark flair.

Scottie Scheffler will once again partner with Brooks Koepka in the second consecutive session, leaving Sam Burns on the bench once more. Notable American players such as Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, and Wyndham Clark will also remain sidelined. On the European side, Justin Rose, Matt Fitzpatrick, Robert MacIntyre, and Nicolai Hojgaard will take a break.

Here’s a glimpse of the foursomes matchups for the third session on Saturday morning:

Foursomes:

MATCHTIMEUNITED STATESEUROPE
91:35 a.m.Justin Thomas & Jordan SpiethRory McIlroy & Tommy Fleetwood
101:50 a.m.Scottie Scheffler & Brooks KoepkaViktor Hovland & Ludvig Aberg
112:05 a.m.Max Homa & Brian HarmanSepp Straka & Shane Lowry
122:20 a.m.Patrick Cantlay & Xander SchauffeleJon Rahm & Tyrrell Hatton

Europe appears determined to secure an early victory by fielding several of its formidable teams, aiming to quash any American hopes of a comeback. In contrast, the U.S. is deploying all its star players, hoping for the best.

The pivotal matches are likely to be the first two. A victory by Thomas and Spieth over McIlroy and Fleetwood could provide a significant emotional boost to the U.S. and potentially set the stage for a comeback in the four-ball matches. The same applies to Scheffler and Koepka facing Hovland and Aberg. If the U.S. manages to win both of these matches, there’s a path to recovery. However, if these teams falter, the celebrations will be postponed.

Spieth, somewhat surprisingly, remains a question mark in his pairing with J.T. His performance in the final five holes during the four-ball left much to be desired, and he may find himself exposed by the formidable McIlroy and Fleetwood pairing if he struggles as he did late on Friday. (To his credit, he did string together three consecutive birdies before the challenging five-hole stretch.)

Two surprises stand out: Max Homa and Brian Harman, arguably the weakest U.S. pairing in the Friday morning foursomes, are being sent back out despite making only two birdies and finishing 1-over in their match. This decision raises eyebrows, especially as Wyndham Clark, who led the team in strokes gained according to Data Golf, remains benched for this session.

Additionally, U.S. Captain Zach Johnson disclosed that a sickness is circulating within the U.S. team room, dampening spirits and energy levels. Despite this setback, the team’s determination to compete remains unwavering. This illness poses yet another challenge for the Americans as they strive to mount a heroic comeback from their current 6.5 to 1.5 deficit.

Reference:

https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/2023-ryder-cup-schedule-u-s-europe-teams-set-matchups-pairings-tee-times-for-day-2-on-saturday/

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/golf/ryder-cup-2023-tee-times-saturday-foursomes-schedule-b2421218.html

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