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Davis Love III decides to keep Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker together for afternoon fourball

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Match 1: Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson vs. Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson — No offense to Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson, but this matchup has all the makings of a rout. Bubba Watson should thrive on Medinah's lengthy layout and with the always consistent Webb Simpson as his partner, don't be surprised if the big lefty lets loose and takes a couple risks during the match. Expect to see a bunch of holes won with birdie.

Match 2: Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley vs. Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy — The two winning sides from the morning foursomes session will go head-to-head in what should be the must-see match of the afternoon. McDowell and McIlroy stumbled a bit down the stretch but managed to close things out and win 1-up. They'll face a passionate American duo in Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson who seem to be playing on an incredibly high level. If they continue to feed off each other's positive energy, the U.S. could come out on top in this key match -- especially if Bradley has the putter working again.

Match 3: Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker vs. Lee Westwood and Nicolas Colsaerts — The anchor in the morning session, Davis Love III decided to send Stricker and Woods off third after the pair lost 2&1. Woods struggled mightily during the morning session, leading many to wonder if he'd miss his first session at the Ryder Cup in seven appearance. However, Woods' swing issues, coupled with Stricker's inability to make a single putt, failed to deter Love from selecting them again. This is the kind of pairing that could make the U.S. Ryder Cup captain look like a genius or a dunce. Colsaerts makes his first Ryder Cup appearance and will be paired with Lee Westwood, who lost 3&2 to Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.

Match 4: Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar vs. Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer — Another big bomber, Johnson should have no trouble going after it with the driver with Matt Kuchar as his partner. Like the Watson and Simpson pairing, you get the feeling that this could be solid American duo. Rose partnered with Ian Poulter in the morning to beat Stricker and Woods, but in the afternoon fourball, he'll really need to be on his game. Why? Because Martin Kaymer has been fighting his swing all season -- to the point that Rose probably shouldn't count on the German for much during their match.

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