Ryder Cup: Tiger sitting out Saturday morning foursomes
MEDINAH, Ill. – It may be the decision that defines Davis Love III’s legacy as Ryder Cup captain. Or it could become just another piece of trivia. Like everything that pertains to Tiger Woods, though, it is newsworthy.
Woods will sit out Saturday morning’s foursomes matches at Medinah, marking the first time Woods has missed a Ryder Cup session. Woods was 0-2 with Steve Stricker on Friday, though Woods did make seven birdies of his own in the afternoon four-ball match. Love said the move wasn’t a reaction to Friday’s losses but a plan devised before the week began.
“We just felt like we didn’t want anybody to have to play five matches on this golf course,” Love said. “We just don’t want guys to be worn out.”
Woods and Stricker lost, 2 and 1, to Ian Poulter and Justin Rose in the final match of Friday morning’s foursomes matches. They were beaten, 1 down, by Nicolas Colsaerts’ eight birdies and an eagle in four-balls. Colsaerts teamed with Lee Westwood. Stricker also will not play Saturday morning. He was one of Love’s four captain’s selections in part because of his ability to pair with Woods.
Here’s who is playing Saturday morning:
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8:20 a.m. EDT: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson vs. Justin Rose/Ian Poulter
Simpson and Watson were 6 up after eight in their Friday four-balls match, eventually winning, 5 and 4. They’re 4-1 as a team, including last year’s Presidents Cup. Rose and Poulter beat Stricker and Woods, 2 and 1, in Friday’s foursomes.
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8:35 a.m. EDT: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson vs. Lee Westwood/Luke Donald
Bradley and Mickelson were the United States’ dream team Friday, going 2-0. Westwood lost in foursomes Friday with Francesco Molinari and struggled in his team’s four-balls victory, being carried by Colsaerts to a 1-up win. Donald also lost in Friday foursomes, his first loss in seven matches in the format.
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8:50 a.m. EDT: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson vs. Nicolas Colsaerts/Sergio Garcia
Dufner and Zach Johnson won, 3 and 2, in their foursomes match Friday morning. Colsaerts was Europe’s star Friday afternoon, making eight birdies and an eagle in his four-balls win. Garcia lost Friday morning foursomes with Donald. It was Garcia’s first loss in 10 Ryder Cup matches in the format.
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9:05 a.m. EDT: Jim Furyk/Brandt Snedeker vs. Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell
This is a rematch of a Friday morning match that was won, 1 up, by McIlroy and McDowell. The Northern Irishmen were 3 up after 12 holes, but the Americans responded with three consecutive birdies to square the match. McIlroy and McDowell prevailed when the Americans bogeyed No. 18.