Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ryder Cup: Sunday pairings and predictions

The final-day singles pairing are supposed to be a blind draw, with neither side knowing who the other will slot in what match. But this seems too perfect.

The match everyone wanted to see will happen, right from the get go: Patrick Reed vs. Rory McIlroy.

The two went scream-for-scream Saturday, with Reed playing the role of (as Jordan Spieth called it) Captain America, while McIlroy egged on the vocal American crowd at every opportunity.

Heading into the final day, the U.S. leads 9½ to 6½. The U.S. needs 14½ to win the Cup; Europe needs 14 to retain the Cup.

Here are the 12 matches, with the Yahoo Sports picks:

Match 1 (12:04 p.m.): Patrick Reed (USA) vs. Rory McIlroy (EUR)

Jay Hart’s pick: McIlroy
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: McIlroy

Jay Hart’s pick: Stenson
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Stenson

Match 3 (12:26): J.B. Holmes vs. Thomas Pieters

Jay Hart’s pick: Pieters
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Holmes

Match 4 (12:37): Rickie Fowler vs. Justin Rose

Jay Hart’s pick: Rose
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Fowler

Match 5 (12:48): Jimmy Walker vs. Rafa Cabrera Bello

Jay Hart’s pick: Walker
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Cabrera

Match 6 (12:59): Phil Mickelson vs. Sergio Garcia

Jay Hart’s pick: Mickelson
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Mickelson

Match 7 (1:10): Ryan Moore vs. Lee Westwood

Jay Hart’s pick: Moore
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Moore

Match 8 (1:21): Brandt Snedeker vs. Andy Sullivan

Jay Hart’s pick: Snedeker
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Snedeker

Match 9 (1:32): Dustin Johnson vs. Chris Wood

Jay Hart’s pick: Johnson
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Johnson

Match 10 (1:43): Brookes Koepka vs. Danny Willett

Jay Hart’s pick: Koepka
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Koepka

Match 11 (1:54): Matt Kuchar vs. Martin Kaymer

Jay Hart’s pick: Kuchar
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Kuchar

Match 12 (2:05): Zach Johnson vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick

Jay Hart’s pick: Johnson
Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Johnson


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