USA and Europe ring changes following one-sided foursomes


United States captain Davis Love III saw his team thrash Europe 4-0 in the opening Ryder Cup foursomes at Hazeltine, but nevertheless called upon two new pairings for the afternoon fourball matches.

For the first time since 1975, when the late Arnold Palmer captained the USA against Great Britain and Ireland, all four matches in the first session of the event were won by the Americans.

Yet Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson were still stood down for Friday's second round of matches, as Love ensured every member of his team would get a taste of the action.

European captain Darren Clarke made more predictable changes to his line-up, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Danny Willett coming in for Andy Sullivan and Lee Westwood as three pairings were reshuffled.

However, the opening match retained a familiar look, with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed once again coming up against Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, who they had beaten 3 and 2 earlier in the day.

JB Holmes and Ryan Moore were slated to face Sergio Garcia and Cabrera-Bello in match two, with Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka following up against Willett and Martin Kaymer.

The USA kept Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, comprehensive winners over Westwood and Thomas Pieters in the morning, together again. Pieters again faced the duo, this time alongside Rory McIlroy.