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Ian Poulter and Justin Rose will lead Europe out in the Saturday foursomes(Getty Images)

Poulter and Rose to lead European fightback

By Scott Crockett- Europeantour.com

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Ian Poulter and Justin Rose -- who claimed a valuable point for in Friday afternoon's fourball session -- have been handed the task of leading the European fightback in The Ryder Cup at Valhalla on Saturday morning.

The English duo -- who saw off Ben Curtis and Steve Stricker by 3 and 2 -- to help Europe keep in touch with the Americans and end the opening day 5 � - 2 � behind -- have been given the pole position in Saturday morning's foursomes session.

The good friends will also be given the chance to exact some revenge from Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell, who beat them on the final green in Friday morning's opening session, when they begin the second day's play at 8.05am local time in Kentucky.

Another pairing resurrected from the first foursomes session is the combination of Open Champion and US PGA champion Padraig Harrington and last week's Mercedes-Benz Championship winner Robert Karlsson.

The Irishman and the Swede battled to a brave half against Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim on Friday morning and will need to be at their best again to get anything from the match against Jim Furyk and Kentucky native Kenny Perry when they bring up the rear of the morning session at 8.50am.

Completing the line-ups in the middle two matches are two new European combinations.

On the tee together for the first time at 8.20am will be Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and Miguel Angel Jim�nez of Spain who come up against the American success stories of the first day -- Texans Justin Leonard and Hunter Mahan -- the only duo who won both their matches in tandem on the first day.

Completing an intriguing Saturday morning line-up will be the only one of the 24 players who did not taste action on the first day, England's Oliver Wilson, who will partner Sweden's Henrik Stenson for the first time at 8.35am.

It will not be an easy baptism for Wilson for, together with the experienced Swede, they will have to come up with a way to defeat World Number Two Phil Mickelson and American rising star Anthony Kim who claimed 1 � points out of two during an impressive opening day's showing.

The men rested by Captain Faldo for Saturday morning's action are the experienced trio of Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood and debutant S�ren Hansen while the Americans not in action are Ben Curtis, Steve Stricker, JB Holmes and Boo Weekley.