BREAKING NEWS: McIlroy, Mickelson in foursome battle


Rory McIlroy has been paired with Andy Sullivan to take on Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler on a blockbuster opening day of the Ryder Cup.

The expected pairings - the United States' Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, and Europe's Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson - start Friday's foursomes at Hazeltine.

McIlroy will follow with Sullivan, up against Mickelson - at the centre of controversy already this week - and Fowler.

A team of Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer are taking on Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson in the third match of the day.

The fourth foursome sees Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar face Lee Westwood and his surprise partner, Thomas Pieters.

Europe are three-time defending Ryder Cup champions.