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Rose and Stenson lead Europe into Ryder Cup as opening foursomes are revealed

They tee off tomorrow at 1.35pm Irish time.

Ryder Cup Golf Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson at this evening's 2016 Ryder Cup opening ceremony at Hazeltine. Source: David J. Phillip

CAPTAIN DARREN CLARKE has selected Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose — who went 3-0 together at Gleneagles in 2014 — to begin Europe’s defence of the Ryder Cup tomorrow at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

Stenson, the 2016 Open champion, and Rose, who recently won the gold medal at the Olympics, will take on Texan pair Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in the first match in Friday’s foursomes, beginning at 1.35pm Irish time.

Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who’ll be partnered by Andy Sullivan, will be up against Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in the second match.

Next up will be Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer against Jimmy Walker — who won this year’s USPGA Championship — and Zach Johnson.

Ryder Cup Golf Rory McIlroy is introduced at the opening ceremony. Source: Chris Carlson

Thomas Pieters and Lee Westwood will close out the opening phase of the 2016 Ryder Cup for Europe against reigning US Open champion Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Masters champion Danny Willett — whose brother penned a controversial column which insulted US fans this week — will sit out tomorrow’s foursomes for Europe, as will fellow Englishmen Chris Wood and Matthew Fitzpatrick, as well as Spaniard Rafael Cabrero-Bello.

USA captain Davis Love III has left out Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker, JB Holmes and Ryan Moore for the opening foursomes.

  • Justin Rose & Henrik Stenson vs. Jordan Spieth & Patrick Reed (1.35pm)
  • Rory McIlroy & Andy Sullivan vs. Phil Mickelson & Rickie Fowler (1.50pm)
  • Sergio Garcia & Martin Kaymer vs. Jimmy Walker & Zach Johnson (2.05pm)
  • Thomas Pieters & Lee Westwood vs. Dustin Johnson & Matt Kuchar (2.25pm)

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