Love gives early clues on Ryder Cup pairings

Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:53pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - United States captain Davis Love III gave an indication of his pairings for this week's Ryder Cup by sending out his players for practice on Wednesday in almost identical groups for a second day in a row.

Twice major winner Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who formed an unbeaten partnership at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland, teed off together on a chilly morning at Hazeltine, along with U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

That quartet had also been grouped together on Tuesday for the first day of official practice.

The power-hitting Johnson and ultra-consistent Kuchar would pair up well in the fourball format, though the 2016 Ryder Cup will start on Friday morning with the opening foursomes (alternate shot) matches.

Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, who recorded three halves and one loss in tandem at Gleneagles in 2014, played with Phil Mickelson and Cup rookie Brooks Koepka on Wednesday.

Fowler and Walker had also been paired together the previous day, suggesting that their partnership will continue at Hazeltine.

JB Holmes, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and debutant Ryan Moore went out in the third group, Johnson having replaced Koepka in that quartet as the only tweak from Tuesday.

"You'll see friends out there playing together in our pairings, you'll see guys that have done it before," Love told reporters when all his players were out on the course.   Continued...

Sep 28, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA; Team USA captain Davis Love III addresses the media following their practice round for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports