Ryder Cup 2021: When are pairings announced for Friday’s foursomes and fourballs?

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Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Padraig Harrington, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia (Getty)
Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Padraig Harrington, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia (Getty)

The stage is set at Whistling Straits 2021 for the 43rd Ryder Cup with the USA aiming to gain revenge against Europe after a heavy defeat at Le Golf National in Paris three years ago.

Steve Stricker will hope to pick off Padraig Harrington’s men in Wisconsin, though the weather could play a decisive role, which could limit the Americans’ advantage from their brawn and heavy-hitting off the tee.

The world golf rankings are filled at the top with Americans, with only Jon Rahm and Louis Oosthuizen breaking up the top 11, which includes, in order: Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka and Harris English.

The team spirit Europe possess has been the secret ingredient for upsets over the years though and the tourists are already looking to charm the locals into some extra support behind the ropes after wearing ‘cheeseheads’ in tribute to the local Green Bay Packers.

Here’s everything you need to know about the tee times, matches and pairings as the 2021 Ryder Cup begins:

Ryder Cup 2021 tee times

All times BST (CST)

Friday AM foursomes

Match 1: 1.05pm (7.05am)

Match 2: 1.21pm (7.21am)

Match 3: 1.37pm (7.37am)

Match 4: 1.53pm (7.53am)

Friday PM fourballs

Match 1: 6.10pm (12.10pm)

Match 2: 6.26pm (12.26pm)

Match 3: 6.42pm (12.42pm)

Match 4: 6.58pm (12.58pm)

Saturday AM foursomes

Match 1: 1.05pm (7.05am)

Match 2: 1.21pm (7.21am)

Match 3: 1.37pm (7.37am)

Match 4: 1.53pm (7.53am)

Saturday PM fourballs

Match 1: 6.10pm (12.10pm)

Match 2: 6.26pm (12.26pm)

Match 3: 6.42pm (12.42pm)

Match 4: 6.58pm (12.58pm)

Sunday singles

Match 1: 5.04pm (11.04am)

Match 2: 5.15pm (11.15am)

Match 3: 5.26pm (11.26am)

Match 4: 5.37pm (11.37am)

Match 5: 5.48pm (11.48am)

Match 6: 5.59pm (11.59am)

Match 7: 6.10pm (12.10pm)

Match 8: 6.21pm (12.21pm)

Match 9: 6.32pm (12.32pm)

Match 10: 6.43pm (12.43pm)

Match 11: 6.54pm (12.54pm)

Match 12: 7.05pm (1.05pm)

When is the opening ceremony and when will the pairings be announced?

We will see captains Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington make their picks for Friday’s foursomes and fourballs at around 10:45pm BST at the opening ceremony.

The ceremony kicks off at 10pm with live music, anthems and team introductions.

Saturday’s opening pairings will be confirmed on Friday night, while the afternoon pairings will be confirmed later on day two.

The 12 singles matches, and the order each team is sent out, will be confirmed early on Sunday morning.

Who will be picked for USA and Europe pairings?

Once official, the pairings for Friday’s matches will be listed below.

One of which is expected to be Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, with the pair good friends and winning three of the four sessions they played together three years ago at Le Golf National.

Xander Schauffele and Tour Championship winner Patrick Cantlay look to be another lock to pair up, having teamed up at the Presidents Cup in 2019.

Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau, seemingly one of the glue guys to Team USA and happy to play with anybody, could reunite, having paired up three years ago, where they won their opening Four-Ball match 1 up over Justin Rose and Jon Rahm.

But Finau could match up with Daniel Berger given Stricker has sent them out to practice together, while Koepka could swap his partner for rookie Scottie Scheffler, with a practice round scheduled.

Europe could turn to a trusted pairing in Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia, whose history dates way back to The Belfry in 2002, with three wins from four matches together. The Spaniard could also match up with Viktor Hovland, given the Norwegian idolised the former Masters champion growing up.

While Tommy Fleetwood will be looking for a new partner in crime, with Francesco Molinari not in this year’s team, having combined spectacularly together three years ago. Team Europe’s live chances of winning the Ryder Cup, according to Betfair, can be seen throughout the week below:

Team USA

  • Collin Morikawa

  • Dustin Johnson

  • Bryson DeChambeau

  • Brooks Koepka

  • Justin Thomas

  • Patrick Cantlay

  • Tony Finau (wildcard)

  • Xander Schauffele (wildcard)

  • Jordan Spieth (wildcard)

  • Harris English (wildcard)

  • Daniel Berger (wildcard)

  • Scottie Scheffler (wildcard)

Team Europe

  • Jon Rahm

  • Tommy Fleetwood

  • Tyrrell Hatton

  • Bernd Wiesberger

  • Rory McIlroy

  • Viktor Hovland

  • Paul Casey

  • Matt Fitzpatrick

  • Lee Westwood (wildcard)

  • Sergio Garcia (wildcard)

  • Shane Lowry (wildcard)

  • Ian Poulter (wildcard)

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