Thursday 14 December 2017

McIlroy-Kaymer and McDowell-Dubuisson look like certain partners as they are paired again this morning

Europe's Rory McIlroy (right) with Martin Kaymer during a practice session at Gleneagles
Europe's Rory McIlroy (right) with Martin Kaymer during a practice session at Gleneagles

Phil Casey

European captain Paul McGinley looked to have settled on a number of his pairings on the final day of practice for the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles on Thursday.

For the third day in succession, world number one Rory McIlroy was sent out in the same group as Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell was alongside Victor Dubuisson and Ian Poulter and Justin Rose were kept together.

Sergio Garcia was also in McIlroy's group for the second time and looks a likely fourball partner for the Northern Irishman, with Thomas Bjorn making up the quartet.

Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher were also together for the second day running alongside Dubuisson and McDowell, with Henrik Stenson and Jamie Donaldson with Poulter and Rose in the final group.

US captain Tom Watson offered no surprises with his practice line-up by keeping the same three groups as Wednesday, with Phil Mickelson already confirming the worst-kept secret in golf that he would resume his Medinah partnership with Keegan Bradley.

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson is another pairing forged in the defeat in Chicago two years ago, while Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk and Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler appeared to be the other combinations.

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