McIlroy, Mickelson square off in Saturday opener

9:48 PM ET

CHASKA, Minn. — There were some curious decisions from each captain for Saturday morning’s foursomes matches.

U.S. captain Davis Love III chose to sit Dustin Johnson, who’s only been the best player on earth for the majority of this year. Meanwhile, European captain Darren Clarke decided to split his four studs, pairing each of them with rookies.

How will it all shake out? Let’s break down the matches.

Team USA: Jimmy Walker/Zach Johnson vs. Team Europe: Justin Rose/Chris Wood, 9:05 a.m. ET

Just call ’em Team Underrateus. Walker and Johnson were the least star-studded of the four morning foursomes pairings for the U.S. on Friday, but they overcame a deficit that lasted 10 holes to first halve the match, then kept adding on, as they won each of the last five holes. Rose is always solid in this format, but he did ride the coattails of Stenson in the four-balls session and will be paired with Wood, who — like Fitzpatrick — is a rookie who has yet to see any action.

Advantage: USA

Team USA: Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed vs. Team Europe: Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera-Bello, 9:20 a.m. ET

The only team to play a third match together, Spieth and Reed finally lost on Friday afternoon for the first time in five Ryder Cup matches together, but they’ve proved to be a formidable duo in this format. They should be given a tough test from the new Spanish Armada team of Garcia and RCB, but give the slight edge to the American side, just based on experience together.

Advantage: USA

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