Ryder Cup: Saturday afternoon four-ball predictions

MEDINAH, Ill. — The pairings have been announced for Saturday afternoon’s four-ball sessions, including the return of Tiger Woods to the course.

Our staff of experts makes their predictions . . .

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Dustin Johnson-Matt Kuchar vs. Nicolas Colsaerts-Paul Lawrie

SEAN MARTIN: D. Johnson-Kuchar def. Nicolas Colsaerts-Paul Lawrie, 3 and 2

Johnson and Kuchar were impressive Friday afternoon. I expect that to continue.

JEFF BABINEAU: Kuchar/D. Johnson def. Colsaerts/Lawrie, 3 and 2

Americans are fresh and ready to go, and the Belgian’s putter has cooled

ALEX MICELI: Johnson-Kuchar def. Colsaerts-Lawrie, 3 and 2

Johnson and Kuchar have nothing to lose and Europe is clearly under the gun after a difficult morning.

NICK MASUDA: Johnson-Kuchar def. Colsaerts-Lawrie, 4 and 3

It might even be worse than that. Colsaerts came down to earth and Lawrie was awful on Friday.

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Bubba Watson-Webb Simpson vs. Justin Rose-Francesco Molinari

SEAN MARTIN: Watson-Simpson def. Rose-Molinari, 2 and 1

The Americans will rebound from Saturday morning’s four-balls loss.

JEFF BABINEAU: Watson-Simpson def. Rose-Molinari, 4 and 3

U.S. side will shake off morning loss and get back to the free-swinging four-ball format

ALEX MICELI: Watson-Simpson def. Rose-Molinari, 4 and 3

Simpson didn’t putt very well in the morning foursomes, but the length and a little lunch should loosen up the pair.

NICK MASUDA: Watson-Simpson def. Rose-Molinari, 2 and 1

Rose and Molinari will stick around, but I still think the U.S. duo is going to pick up the point.

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Tiger Woods-Steve Stricker vs. Sergio Garcia-Luke Donald

SEAN MARTIN: Woods-Stricker def. Garcia-Donald, 3 and 1

It’s been a tough Ryder Cup for two of Europe’s leading men.

JEFF BABINEAU: Stricker-Woods def. Garcia-Donald, 5 and 4

If going 0-3 would be brutal, it only would be magnified losing to El Nino. Won’t happen.

ALEX MICELI: Woods-Stricker def. Garcia-Donald, 2 and 1

Stricker could not play any worse than yesterday. Garcia and Donald have looked less than stellar and both played in the morning.

NICK MASUDA: Woods-Stricker def. Garcia-Donald, 4 and 3

A blowout here. Tiger won’t like being sat out and he’ll have something to prove. Garcia and Donald have not been good thus far.

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Jason Dufner-Zach Johnson vs. Rory McIlroy-Ian Poulter

SEAN MARTIN: Dufner-Z. Johnson def. McIlroy-Poulter, 3 and 2

This American team has worked out well, while McIlroy hasn’t met expectations this week.

JEFF BABINEAU: McIlroy-Poulter def. Dufner-Z. Johnson, 1 up

Rory is in a funk, but the energetic Poulter, the heart of this Euro team, will inspire him.

ALEX MICELI: McIlroy-Poulter def. Dufner-Z. Johnson, 3 and 2

Emotion will carry both the Europeans. They look like the only ones that seem to care and have both played well in the matches.

NICK MASUDA: McIlroy-Poulter def. Dufner-Z. Johnson, 1 up

I am torn on this one, I actually think that Dufner and Johnson could very well win because everyone is expecting them to get smoked. I would have rested McIlroy.

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