2018 Ryder Cup: Saturday morning four-balls expert picks

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Justin Thomas of the United States and Jordan Spieth of the United States during the morning fourball matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on September 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) Getty Images

2018 Ryder Cup: Saturday morning four-balls expert picks

2018 Ryder Cup

2018 Ryder Cup: Saturday morning four-balls expert picks

Here are the Golfweek staff’s expert picks for Saturday morning’s four-balls session of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris.

Geoff Shackelford

U.S. 3, Europe 1

Match 1: Brooks Koepka/Tony Finau (U.S.) def. Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia, 1 up
In a carbon copy of their Day 1 session, Koepka and Finau rally late, this time to tie McIlroy playing with his third partner in three sessions.

Match 2: Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (U.S.) def. Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton, 2 up
Johnson and Fowler are working in their best medium again and will win as they did Friday.

Match 3: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) def. Tiger Woods/Patrick Reed, 3 up
Europe’s new star team is too much for Tiger and Reed. Again.

Match 4: Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) def. Ian Poulter/Jon Rahm, 2 up
The duo regroups from their foursomes pummeling, with Spieth continuing to putt like his old self.

Alistair Tait

Europe 3, U.S. 1

Match 1: Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia (Europe) def. Brooks Koepka/Tony Finau, 2 and 1
Rory’s bad match is out of the way and Garcia’s inspired. The American duo got lucky on day one. They won’t get lucky again.

Match 2: Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (U.S.) def. Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton, 4 and 3
The Casey–Hatton pairing is the surprise Euro pairing on day 2. They didn’t sparkle on day one and will be no match for the American pair.

Match 3: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) def. Tiger Woods/Patrick Reed, 1 up
Molinari-Fleetwood are Europe’s strongest, most consistent pairing and will just prevail in this one.

Match 4: Ian Poulter/Jon Rahm (Europe) def. Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth, 2 and 1
Rahm will be champing at the bit to make amends for his Day 1 loss. Poulter’s just the one to get the best out of him.

Beth Ann Nichols

Europe 3, U.S. 1

Match 1: Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia Brooks def. Brooks Koepka/Tony Finau, 2 up
McIlroy/Garcia leave Friday evening pumped for more while this American duo could no nothing but watch a disaster unfold. Finau will need more luck to get his second point.

Match 2: Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler def. Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton, 3 and 2
Too much firepower here for the Euros. Johnson carries Americans to victory.

Match 3: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood def. Tiger Woods/Patrick Reed, 1 up
It’ll be close, but at this point it’s hard to bet against a seemingly ideal partnership. The nod goes to momentum.

Match 4: Ian Poulter/Jon Rahm def. Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth, 1 up
Could there be a more emotional pairing for the Euros? These two might get off the ground when they celebrate a hard-fought win.

Dan Kilbridge

U.S. 3, Europe 1

Match 1: Sergio Garcia/Rory McIlroy (Europe) def. Brooks Koepka/Tony Finau, 2 and 1
Koepka and FInau suffer a letdown after their big upset Friday morning as Rory and Sergio rile the crowd up early and often.

Match 2: Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (U.S.) def. Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton, 4 and 3
This is the far better format for the DJ/Rickie tandem and they put up the first point of the day yet again.

Match 3: Tiger Woods/Patrick Reed (U.S.) def. Tommy Fleetwood/Francesco Molinari, 1 up
Europe’s top Friday pairing starts hot again, but Woods and Reed flip the momentum late to settle the score.

Match 4: Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) def. Ian Poulter/Jon Rahm, 1 up
The most entertaining match of the week comes down to the end, but the Americans will their way to another close win and make it 6-6 to bounce back from the Friday afternoon thrashing.

Gerry Ahern

U.S. 3.5, Europe 0.5

Match 1: Brooks Koepka/Tony Finau (U.S.) def. Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia, 2 and 1
The U.S. gets back on the board behind the guys who rallied late on Day 1. Garcia struggles with flatstick.

Match 2: Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton (Europe) halve Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler
Fowler comes out smoking, but an emotional Hatton wills the Euros back into it.

Match 3: Tiger Woods/Patrick Reed (U.S.) def. Jon Rahm/Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood, 1 up
Captain America finds his form and Woods pitches in with late birdies.

Match 4: Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) def. Ian Poulter/John Rahm, 2 and 1
No longer a Ryder Cup newbie, Thomas takes charge of the match on the back nine.

Brentley Romine

Europe 3, U.S. 1

Match 1: Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia (Europe) def. Tony Finau/Brooks Koepka (U.S.), 1 up
McIlroy isn’t on the top of his game, but Garcia played brilliantly alongside Alex Noren on Friday afternoon. Finau and Koepka sprayed it a little on Friday morning, so they are beatable.

Match 2: Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton (Europe) def. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (U.S.), 1 up
Casey came alive late on Friday morning and Hatton’s ability to make putts will earn them a close win.

Match 3: Tiger Woods/Patrick Reed (U.S.) def. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (Europe), 3 and 2
Woods and Reed get their revenge on Molinari and Fleetwood, who played unbelievable against them Friday morning in this format.

Match 4: Ian Poulter/Jon Rahm (Europe) def. Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth (U.S.), 2 and 1
Rahm probably deserved to play in foursomes on Friday, but it’s hard to argue with the team result. Poulter showed some vintage form and I think he’ll continue to hole putts and putt pressure on Spieth and Thomas, who looked shaky on Friday afternoon.

Kevin Casey

U.S. 2, Europe 2

Match 1: Tony Finau/Brooks Koepka (U.S.) def. Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia (Europe), 3 and 2
One match doesn’t prove Garcia’s strong form is back. I’m still not convinced, and McIlroy’s still not on his full game, but I liked what I saw from Koepka and Finau on Friday morning.

Match 2: Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (U.S.) def. Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton (Europe), 1 up
Think this one will come down to the wire but that Johnson and Fowler will be able to fight this one out.

Match 3: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) def. Tiger Woods/Patrick Reed (U.S.) def., 4 and 3
This European duo is only gaining momentum and I actually think they will play their best yet Saturday morning. Woods and Reed will be victims of running into that buzzsaw.

Match 4: Ian Poulter/Jon Rahm (Europe) def. Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth (U.S.), 2 and 1
I think this will be a well played match, but the Europeans will bring out a bit more firepower.

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