The ‘Rumours’ had been true as Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy acquired formally paired-up on the Ryder Cup.
Captains Luke Donald and Zach Johnson introduced their pairings for the primary session on Friday on the opening ceremony.
An enormous roar went up from the 1000’s in attendance at Marco Simone in Rome because the ‘Fleetwood Mac’ pairing was introduced.
In what needs to be an exhilarating ultimate foursome, Fleetwood and McIlroy will tackle the USA’s strongest pair: Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schaufele.
Elsewhere, Europe’s Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton will tackle Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns within the opening match of the Ryder Cup.
European duo Viktor Hovland and celebrity rookie Ludvig Aberg will face Rickie Fowler and Brian Harman within the second match, whereas Sepp Straka and Shane Lowry will go head-to-head with Collin Morikawa and Rickie Fowler.
Intriguingly, USA captain Johnson determined to bench celebrity pairing Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka can also be sitting out on Friday morning.
For Europe, Justin Rose will watch from the sidelines together with rookies Nicolai Hojgaard and Robert MacIntyre.
Donald stated what he had seen in apply this week strengthened the plans he had in thoughts from the outset by way of his pairings.
“We had a fairly good plan in place. It was at all times going to be a plan that would change, however I did not really want to,” he stated.
“I have never given the US pairings a lot considered trustworthy. Nothing surprises me.”
In the meantime, Johnson defined the choice to select all of his rookies and go away some massive names on the bench.
“The gist of it’s we’ve solely 12 guys and sadly I am unable to play all 12 every session so in some unspecified time in the future somebody has to take a seat,” he stated.
“It is a golf course which calls for lots out of you bodily, I believe it is a super scenario the place you do not essentially play everybody all 5 periods.
“The eight guys I’ve down on paper I really feel put us in the most effective place to get us off to an ideal begin.
“There may be lots of issues I would wish to hold inside, however I’ve the utmost confidence in these eight and the utmost confidence in Jordan and Justin.
“It isn’t about their type, they’re enjoying nice, it’s actually only a mater of attempting to dissect all 5 periods.”
The 2023 Ryder Cup tees off in Rome this Friday and we’ll have full commentary on talkSPORT 2 from 6am
USA – 11/10
Europe – Evens
Tie – 11/1
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