Eubanks: Hot teams set to go again on Saturday
Can Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson stay sizzling on Saturday? We’ll find out early, says Steve Eubanks, who offers his thoughts on the pairings that’ll start Day 2 at Medinah.
By Steve Eubanks, PGA.com
MEDINAH, Ill. -- The hottest duo on the U.S. team will lead the charge on Saturday morning.
After making 10 birdies in 14 holes in four-ball, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson will go off first in foursomes on Saturday against Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, the team that took down Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in the opening session.
It is impossible to expect Bubba and Webb to continue on the kind of streak they had on Friday, especially with the change in format. But they will need to make some birdies to keep up with Poulter, who is the fieriest member of the European team.
Lee Westwood and Luke Donald will go out second to take on the other hot American team: Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson. Donald hit the Bradley buzzsaw on Friday morning with Sergio Garcia. Westwood has yet to have that privilege.
Match 3 pits the low-key assassins against the best player Europe has at the moment. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson will play Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia. Colsaerts had eight birdies and an eagle in foursomes to beat Tiger and Stricker almost single-handedly on Friday afternoon. He probably won’t like the way Sergio putts his approaches in alternate shot, but this will still be the match of the morning.
The final group will be a replay of the first group off on Friday. Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker will play Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Snedeker wants nothing more than another shot at those two, especially after blowing his tee shot right on 18 to lose.
The most noticeable absentee from this list is Tiger Woods, who turned things around in his Friday afternoon match after having an abysmal morning. But Captain Davis Love said not to read too much into Tiger and Stricker sitting on Saturday morning.
“We felt like we didn’t want anybody to have to play five matches on this golf course,” Davis said. “It’s a big, long golf course. It’s tough … We don’t want guys to be worn out. We need Tiger and Steve in the afternoon. We need Tiger and Steve on Sunday. There was a reason we sat Webb and Bubba out (Friday) morning. It was so they could be ready for the afternoon.
“I think Tiger needs rest; Steve needs a rest, and I need a rest.”
Two of those three will get that rest Saturday morning. For Captain Love, it’s going to be another long, hard day.