At 10-6 down heading into the final day of the Ryder Cup, Team USA need eight points to retain the trophy.
Captain Jim Furyk faced a headache in his selection order for the Sunday singles – he needed to front-load his team, with early European wins meaning a premature defeat. But does he put those who’ve been struggling, such as Phil Mickelson, out last where they could determine who wins the Cup if it goes down the stretch?
Ultimately, he needs players to perform throughout the order regardless of form, and Thomas Bjorn of Team Europe has offered some mouthwatering competition for the under-fire visitors.
As in 2016, Rory McIlroy will lead out Europe, and he faces Justin Thomas, who has three points so far this week.
Jon Rahm against Tiger Woods in match four, and Ian Poulter versus world number one Dustin Johnson are other highlights, with Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari both receiving opportunities to become the first Europeans to win all five of their matches against Tony Finau and Phil Mickelson respectively.
The struggling ‘Captain America’ Patrick Reed is coupled with fiery Englishman Tyrrell Hatton, and bringing up the rear in the anchor match are Alex Noren and Bryson DeChambeau.
The eccentric American is evidently better suited to this than he is to team play, and if the event comes down to the wire, he could yet go from zero to hero despite being yet to earn a point.
The order of play can be seen in full below.
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And here are the starting times for each match in Eastern Time (add five hours for Ireland and the UK, eg. McIlroy vs. Thomas begins at 11.05 a.m.)