Match 1: Justin Rose (Ryder Cup record: 9-3-2) Henrik Stenson (Ryder Cup record: 5-4-2) vs. Patrick Reed (Ryder Cup record: 3-0-1) Jordan Spieth (Ryder Cup record: 2-1-1)
No wasting time. The marquee match of the morning has Europe sending out this year’s British Open champ and Olympic champ. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson went 3-0 as a team at the 2014 Ryder Cup. Team USA kicks off its latest redemption mission by reuniting Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who were the only Americans who did anything two years ago at Gleneagles. Then, they were both rookies with very little expected of them. Now, they are expected to be America’s best. This is all good so long as they win. Now, it’s not exactly Phil and Tiger from 2004 (wait, wasn’t that Hal Sutton’s fault?) but a Spieth-Reed loss could start to deflate an American team that spent two years trying to pump itself up.