Wednesday’s practise ahead Friday’s Ryder Cup tee-off gave indications of the possible pairings to do battle at Gleneagles when Europe take on the United States of America.
Europe captain Paul McGinley may well split the Northern Irish duo of Rory McIIroy and Graeme McDowell, the pair have only manged two wins in six Ryder Cup matches
McDowell said that Mcllroy’s growing stature in the game may well impact on the dynamics of the partnership.
Mcllroy says the Europe team know what it takes to win the a Ryder Cup: “What we’ve been doing has been working, we’ve won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups, so Paul McGinley was very adamant that he wasn’t going to come in and change anything up. He just wanted to keep to the same blueprint, the same template, and just try and enhance it, just try and do what we’ve been doing just try and do it a little bit better.”
All the players in team Europe know their strengths and what is expected of them come Friday.
Sergio Garcia is happy with atmosphere in the camp:
“We all know what we bring to the team, at the end of the day the most important thing is that we’re all here together, we’re all here fighting for each other. Everybody has their own way of doing things, we love the way Paul McGinley does it and we all try to do it the way we know works better for us and for the team.”
Friday’s opening exchanges will be four fourball matches followed by foursomes in the afternoon.