Tiger Woods will partner Patrick Reed on his Ryder Cup return for the United States on Friday, facing Europe’s Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood in the fourballs.
Fourteen-time major champion Woods will draw much of the attention as he plays his first Ryder Cup since 2012 in the fourth match to hit the Albatros course at 0655 GMT.
The 42-year-old will renew his rivalry with Molinari, after the two faced off in the singles at both the 2010 and 2012 events, before the Italian won the British Open in July while playing alongside Woods, who had led with eight holes to go.
Woods will have ‘Captain America’ Reed for company, and the Masters champion lived up to his moniker by responding to jeers at Thursday’s opening ceremony at Le Golf National by cupping his ear.
But world number 12 Fleetwood said he won’t be daunted by the duo on his Ryder Cup debut.
“In my first Ryder Cup match, I couldn’t pick a better player (Molinari) to play with,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s a massive match, of course everyone is talking about Tiger’s return, but we’ve just got to focus on our game.”
The US are bidding to win the trophy on European soil for the first time since 1993, and have been buoyed by the form of Woods, who claimed his first title in over five years at the Tour Championship last weekend.
© Agence France-Presse (additional edits from Cillian Cunningham)