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European captain Bernhard Langer with assistant Thomas Bjorn during the morning four-ball matches at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September 17, 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
European captain Bernhard Langer with assistant Thomas Bjorn during the morning four-ball matches at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September 17, 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Langer Breaks In Rookies


September 17, 2004

Bernhard Langer has once again selected the powerful partnerships of Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington, and Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood to lead Europe in Saturday morning's fourball showdowns.

Langer will also be blooding the three rookies who sat out the opening day as he looks to build on the substantial lead of the opening day.

The two established pairings won their fourball matches on Friday morning with Montgomerie and Harrington beating America's ace pairing of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson 2 and 1 in the opening match. Garcia and Westwood defeated David Toms and Jim Furyk 5 and 3 and these partnerships are back in action looking for a repeat performance.

Langer has however changed their deployment slightly by putting Garcia and Westwood out first. The duo, who went out last on Friday morning, will square up against Jay Haas and Chris DiMarco.

Montgomerie and Harrington, who also combined to win in the foursomes in the afternoon, will be in the last fourball pairing out and will face Stewart Cink and Davis Love III.

Three rookies in the European side will make their debut in The Ryder Cup in the other two pairings with Darren Clarke guiding rookie Ian Poulter against Woods and Chris Riley.

European new boys Paul Casey and David Howell will line up in match three against Jim Furyk and Chad Campbell.

The first match will again tee off at 8.10 am.

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