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European team players Lee Westwood and and Sergio Garcia during the second practice day for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 15 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
European team players Lee Westwood and and Sergio Garcia during the second practice day for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 15 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Langer Drops Pairings Hint


September 15, 2004

European Captain Bernhard Langer gave his biggest hint yet as to his potential partnerships for both the foursomes and fourballs for The 35th Ryder Cup Matches after sending his team out in definite pairings on the second day of practice.

Plenty of thought had gone into the three groupings with the 12 players playing fourball matches for the first nine holes at Oakland Hills Country Club before the pack was reshuffled for the second nine holes of foursomes.

For the fourballs, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia were rekindling their old partnership from The De Vere Belfry when they won three points out of four together. They were put against Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Paul McGinley, who holed the winning putt in 2002, partnered rookie Ian Poulter against another two debutants, Thomas Levet and David Howell.

The final fourball group reunited Luke Donald and Paul Casey, unbeaten in the 1999 Walker Cup, against the formidable fourball pairing of Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington.

After nine holes the groupings were mixed up for a foursomes match. Clarke and Jimenez continued but Westwood joined forces with Levet.

Donald and his great friend Garcia, who he stayed with in Garcia's house in Switzerland two weeks ago, formed another foursomes partnership against the Irish pairing of McGinley and Harrington, World Cup winners in 1997.

In the final group, Montgomerie was put together with debutant Poulter against another two rookies Casey and Howell.

All could still change by Friday but Langer has clearly put down a few markers.

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