Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Four-time
major winner Rory McIlroy will open for leaders Europe against American
Justin Thomas in Sunday's 12 concluding singles matches of the 42nd
Ryder Cup as the team captains revealed their line-ups on Saturday night.
Europe own a 10-6 lead after Saturday's fourball and foursomes
matches at Le Golf National, meaning the hosts need to claim only 4 1/2
points to take the trophy while the United States must capture eight
points to keep the Cup.
"At least we have an opportunity tomorrow to do something special," US captain Jim Furyk said.
The Americans sent out 2017 PGA Championship winner Thomas to set a
fast tempo for success, a challenge he will be hard-pressed to complete
"We've got a feisty guy in Justin Thomas leading us off," Furyk said. "He's kind of a little sparkplug."
Among the more exciting attractions of the final day will be 14-time
major champion Tiger Woods facing Spain's Jon Rahm in the fourth match
of the afternoon.
After McIlroy and Thomas launch festivities at 12:05,
England's Paul Casey will meet three-time major winner Brooks Koepka
with England's Justin Rose next against reigning Players Championship
winner Webb Simpson.
Italy's Francesco Molinari and England's Tommy Fleetwood will each
attempt to complete a perfect 5-for-5 win effort with a singles triumph,
an unprecedented feat for Europeans and achieved by only three
Americans, Larry Nelson in 1979 and Arnold Palmer and Gardner Dickinson
Fleetwood follows Woods onto the course against US rookie Tony Finau
while Molinari, the reigning British Open champion, will tee off in the
ninth match against five-time major champion Phil Mickelson.
By that point, if the Americans are still in it, the 48-year-old
left-hander playing in his 12th consecutive Ryder Cup could have a key
"I hope that our guys get off to a fast start and put him in that position," Furyk said.
Following Fleetwood will be English talisman Ian Poulter against
world number one Dustin Johnson, Dane Thorbjorn Olesen against Jordan
Spieth and Spain's Sergio Garcia against Rickie Fowler.
Closing out the line-up will be England's Tyrrell Hatton against
reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed, Sweden's Henrik Stenson against
two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and a pair of Ryder Cup rookies,
Sweden's Alex Noren and American Bryson DeChambeau, in the finale.
Reed has struggled mightily this week but retains Furyk's confidence for a late match that might complete a US miracle rally.
"If we get off to a fast start tomorrow, these matches will come
right to that," Furyk said.
"If you look at history, it will come down
to those matches, and I've got a guy that I can really trust and I
Schedule for Sunday's afternoon concluding singles matches at the 42nd Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States at Le Golf National:
All times South Africa
12:05 - Rory McIlroy (Europe) v Justin Thomas (USA)
12:17 - Paul Casey (Europe) v Brooks Koepka (USA)
12:29 - Justin Rose (Europe) v Webb Simpson (USA)
12:41 - Jon Rahm (Europe) v Tiger Woods (USA)
12:53 - Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) v Tony Finau (USA)
13:05 - Ian Poulter (Europe) v Dustin Johnson (USA)
13:17 - Thorbjorn Olesen (Europe) v Jordan Spieth (USA)
13:29 - Sergio Garcia (Europe) v Rickie Fowler (USA)
13:41 - Francesco Molinari (Europe) v Phil Mickelson (USA)
13:53 - Tyrrell Hatton (Europe) v Patrick Reed (USA)
14:05 - Henrik Stenson (Europe) v Bubba Watson (USA)
14:17 - Alex Noren v Bryson DeChambeau (USA)