Day 1 is in the books at the 39th Ryder Cup with the United States leading 5-3 after two sessions. Here's a look at Saturday morning's foursomes pairings.
Match 9: Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson vs. Justin Rose and Ian Poulter — If not for Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, Simpson and Watson would've been the most talked-about pairing from Day 1. Davis Love decided to sit both for the morning session and then watched as they went 10-under through 14 holes during afternoon four-ball to roll Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson. Watson hasn't faired well in foursomes in the past, but if he and Simpson can produce something close to today's performance this match, it wouldn't shock me to see this one go the U.S.'s way. Rose and Poulter won their morning match against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker but were split up (Rose playing with Martin Kaymer while Poulter sat on the bench) during the second session. Poulter loves the alternate shot format and should once again give Europe a great shot to pick up a much-needed point.
Match 10: Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley vs. Lee Westwood and Luke Donald — By now, you probably know all about Mickelson and Bradley, who went 2-0 yesterday as a team. The American duo seemed to feed of the other's energy all day long; and Mickelson even talked about how Bradley would give him a pep-talk when he needed it. Westwood couldn't get anything going with Nicolas Colsaerts yesterday but still manage to pick up the point. I have a feeling we'll see a sharper Westwood on Saturday, as he tries to justify Jose Maria Olazabal's decision to start him for the third straight match. He'll be paired with Luke Donald who was shockingly benched for the afternoon session.
Match 11: Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson vs. Sergio Garcia and Nicolas Colsaerts — This is one of those pairings that could go either way. It really depends on if European rookie Nicolas Colsaerts brings his A-game to the course again. He was an eye-popping 10-under on his own ball against Stricker and Woods. Garcia, on the other hand, was dreadful in the morning session and was subsequently benched for his play. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson were also benched after securing a point over Garcia and Donald. They looked great in the foursomes format today, so there's no reason to think they can't produce a similar performance.
Match 12: Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker vs. Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell — I'm not sure I agree with the decision to pair a losing Ryder Cup team together for the second time in a row. Snedker and Furyk nearly came back to scrape a half point from McIlroy and McDowell in the morning session, but this appeared to be a great spot for Love to maybe mix things up and give Snedeker a different partner. McIlroy and McDowell got off to a great start against Furyk and Snedeker in the opening session and will once again look to do the exact same thing on Saturday.
Current score: United States 5, Europe 3