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European team captain Bernhard Langer of Germany 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 Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
European team captain Bernhard Langer of Germany 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 Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Langer Sticks with Same Practice Pairings


September 16, 2004

The European pairings for the final practice session before The 35th Ryder Cup Matches get underway have a familiar look about them as European Captain Bernhard Langer looks to finalise his partnerships.

Four of his pairings are the same as the previous day, strengthening the suspicion that these eight players will begin Europe's defence of The Ryder Cup tomorrow.

Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie were out against Miguel Angel Jimenez and Darren Clarke in the first group while Luke Donald and Paul Casey continued to cement their partnership against Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.

In the final group, Paul McGinley changed partner to be paired with Thomas Levet against rookies Ian Poulter and David Howell.

Harrington and Montgomerie were partners in the second day fourballs at The De Vere Belfry two years ago, ending the unbeaten run of Phil Mickelson and David Toms.

Westwood and Garcia had three wins together in that Match, while new caps Donald and Casey were unbeaten in the 1999 Walker Cup victory over America's top amateurs in Scotland.

The partnerships for the opening fourballs will be announced at the opening ceremony tonight.

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