So the teams have been introduced and the fanfare has begun but more importantly we now have the pairings for the eagerly anticipated start of the 2016 Ryder Cup.
In match one we have Reed and Spieth up against Rose and Stenson. Two partnerships that were almost certain in my eyes. This is the highlight of day one and it is hard to know which way it will go. I would favour the yanks slightly due to the formidable partnership of Reed and Spieth. They will try to kick things off with a bang and even though they are up against Europe's strongest partnership, I feel they have the slight edge. Stenson hasn't been 100% of late. This could go the distance.
I expect McIlroy and Sullivan to beat Mickelson and Fowler. This partnership has been brewing for Europe and it became evident it would happen once they were paired with each other in practice. They are probably the two most light hearted, easy going members of the European team. There will be plenty of laughs between the pair and I believe it will lift the pressure off them. Phil is playing poorly of late and for me doesn't suit a foursomes game. Strange pairing from Love in my opinion. I expect the Rory/Sully partnership to thrive on day one and get Europe's first point on the board.