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The pairings have been announced for the opening foursomes session of the Ryder Cup. Look below to see who the Golfweek staff thinks will prevail in each match.

8:05 a.m.: Phil Mickelson-Anthony Kim (U.S.) vs.
Padraig Harrington-Robert Karlsson (Europe)

8:20 a.m.: Justin Leonard-Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs.
Henrik Stenson-Paul Casey (Europe)

8:35 a.m.: Stewart Cink-Chad Campbell (U.S.) vs.
Justin Rose-Ian Poulter (Europe)

8:50 a.m.: Kenny Perry-Jim Furyk (U.S.) vs.
Lee Westwood-Sergio Garcia (Europe)

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Phil Mickelson-Anthony Kim (U.S.) vs.
Padraig Harrington-Robert Karlsson (Europe)

Babineau: Europe, 2 up. A rested Harrington and red-hot Karlsson do their part to quiet a partisan crowd out of the gates.

Hoggard: United States, 1 up. America’s new power pairing comes out swinging and outduels an on-form European tandem to set the early tone.

Rude: Europe, 1 up. Mickelson is 1-9-1 in the last nine Ryder matches and has missed too many 5-footers in this tournament.

Soderstrom: Europe, 2 and 1. The opening match of the Ryder Cup isn’t as important as a major, but it will certainly feel close. Paddy thrives on the biggest stages, so he won’t blink (literally and figuratively), even at the United States’ power pairing. And don’t expect Robert Karlsson, winner last week on the European Tour, to slow him down at all.

Tait: Halved. Harrington and Karlsson will be hard to beat, but Kim will provide the spark needed to help him and Mickelson level peg with the Europeans.

Miceli: United States, 2 and 1. Phil Mickelson will respond to the pressure of the biggest match of his life. Harrington, meanwhile, is still showing the effects of winning two majors.

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Justin Leonard-Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs.
Henrik Stenson-Paul Casey (Europe)

Babineau: Halved. Hunter Mahan gets his feet wet with Team Texas; this duo will do well to snare a half-point against a powerful pair.

Hoggard: Halved. Tough match for the Euros, but Stenson is not as sharp as he was in the spring and Leonard and Mahan prove a solid combo.

Rude: Europe, 2 up. Stenson has had a wonderful season, and Casey is a birdie-machine who embraces the Ryder Cup.

Soderstrom: Europe, 1 up. Ryder Cup rule #438: When you presume a foursomes match will go all 18 holes, go with the group with the guy nicknamed “The Iceman” (Stenson).

Tait: Europe, 3 and 2. Leonard and Mahan might be Texas tough but they will prove no match for long bombers Stenson and Casey.

Miceli: Halved. Stenson’s match-play credentials are just enough to keep things even with Leonard and Mahan, who’ll “Ham and Egg” well together.

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Stewart Cink-Chad Campbell (U.S.) vs.
Justin Rose-Ian Poulter (Europe)

Babineau: Europe, 3 and 2. Ian Poulter has something to prove, and Justin Rose brings more seasoning than most Ryder Cup rookies.

Hoggard: Europe, 2 and 1. Untested Euros are nearly flawless to hold off Cink and Campbell.

Rude: United States, 3 and 2. Cink and Campbell are a strong alternate-shot team that won’t get into as much trouble as Rose and Poulter.

Soderstrom: United States, 3 and 2. Cink and Campbell both begin with “C,” and so does consistency. That will prevail over the sometimes-erratic Englishmen.

Tait: Europe, 1 up. Rose and Poulter have been itching for this pairing since they played the European Challenge Tour together in 1999. Their hunger will prevail.

Miceli: United States, 2 and 1. One of the big reasons Campbell was chosen was to play in foursomes. He won’t disappoint.

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Kenny Perry-Jim Furyk (U.S.) vs.
Lee Westwood-Sergio Garcia (Europe)

Babineau: United States, 2 and 1. Nobody wants to be here more than Kenny Perry, and he’ll ride the crowd – and a gritty teammate in Furyk – to a key victory over Europe’s top tandem.

Hoggard: Europe, 3 and 2. There’s a reason Garcia is undefeated in foursomes play (8-0-0). The U.S. will bring its best, but it won’t be enough.

Rude: Europe, 1 up. The two Euros have had great summers and are a proven team. Garcia is 13-1-2 in Ryder Cup doubles and Westwood is the only undefeated player in last two Ryder Cup.

Soderstrom: Europe, 5 and 4. Sergio is the Secretariat of this format (8-0), and we all know how much he and Westwood enjoy playing together. This was the worst-case scenario for Perry to open his dream week.

Tait: Halved. Westwood and Garcia have only lost once in six outings together and won’t lose this time either. Perry and Furyk are a good fit but not good enough to win, just to hold the Euros to a half point.

Miceli: Europe, 2 and 1. Euros pick up where they left off in Ireland. Not even local favorite Kenny Perry can stop Europe’s biggest stick.

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FOURSOMES SESSION SCORES:
Babineau: Europe 2 1/2, U.S. 1 1/2
Hoggard: Europe 2 1/2, U.S. 1 1/2
Rude: Europe 3, U.S. 1
Tait: Europe 3, U.S. 1
Miceli: U.S. 2 1/2, Europe 1 1/2
Soderstrom: Europe 3, U.S. 1

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