Here we take a look at seven potential pairings for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National
7 Potential European Ryder Cup Pairings
Pairings are always key at the Ryder Cup and Thomas Bjorn will need to get them right if he wants to be lifting the trophy come Sunday.
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7 Potential European Ryder Cup Pairings:
Stenson and Rose have been a formidable team down the years. They have played together six times over the past two Ryder Cups and have won four matches and lost two. They have won 3/4 fourball matches and 1/2 foursomes games. Expect to see this partnership in the fourballs.
Justin Rose and Ian Poulter
Whilst Rose looks to have his fourballs partner secured in Henrik Stenson, he is also part of a great foursomes team with Ian Poulter. The two Englishman, who have been friends for over 15 years, have played together five times at the Ryder Cup. They have won 3/4 foursomes matches together and won their only fourball game. Rose and Poulter in the foursomes – expect to see that.
Paul Casey looks likely to make his Ryder Cup return for the first time in 10 years – but who do you pair him with? Well, he played with Tommy Fleetwood at the 2018 EurAsia Cup, beating Ben An and Kiradech Aphibarnrat 4&3 in fourballs and also played with Tyrrell Hatton in the foursomes and beat the same team 2&1. Casey and Hatton may well be a partnership that Thomas Bjorn opts for again. Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood may well be a pairing we see as well.
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Molinari already has Ryder Cup experience whilst Tommy Fleetwood hasn’t. Both men are superb ball strikers and it’s very hard to see Molinari not playing in both of the foursomes sessions due to his accurate driving and iron play. Fleetwood and Molinari have undoubtedly been two of the world’s best players over the past year or so – they could be quite a handy team.
Jon Rahm revealed at the Sky Cart during the Tour Championship that he knows he will be playing with a veteran – that realistically leaves Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson or Sergio Garcia. Rahm and Garcia are both Spaniards with killer long games and pretty decent short games too. They’re almost certainly going to be a partnership at Le Golf National and we can’t wait!
McIlroy and Olesen have played a fair amount of golf together this year and Thomas Bjorn will want to put Olesen with one of his top men. The pair seem to get along quite well and after the success of McIlroy and Pieters (a rookie) at the last Ryder Cup, Bjorn could put these two together in France.
Alex Noren and Francesco Molinari
Noren and Molinari would be a brilliant foursomes partnership, with one of the world’s straightest and finest ball strikers along with one of the world’s best putters (Noren ranks 6th on the PGA Tour this season). They’re two of the best players on the European Tour and both have plenty of experience around Le Golf National too.
Another possible pairing may well be the two Swedes in Alex Noren and Henrik Stenson.
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