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Ryder Cup match-ups

The Northern Irish duo played together in all three available team sessions in the weather-affected contest at Celtic Manor, emerging with one and a half points. They also won three of their four games at the Seve Trophy in 2009 and relished being sent out first -- their only defeat coming in a fourball match when that was not the case.

Furyk seemed an obvious choice for one of captain Davis Love's four wild cards and is making his eighth appearance, but the 42-year-old has won just 10 points of a possible 27 overall and four from his last 18 fourball and foursome matches. Snedeker was also a wild card, but more than justified Love's faith a few weeks' later by winning the Tour Championship in Atlanta and with it the FedEx Cup and a total of $11.4m.

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PHIL MICKELSON & KEEGAN BRADLEY v

LUKE DONALD & SERGIO GARCIA

Garcia and Donald have won all four of their foursomes outings together, winning twice in the record nine-point victory at Oakland Hills in 2004 and repeating the trick when the same winning margin was achieved two years later at the K Club.

Garcia is also unbeaten in nine foursomes appearances overall, winning eight and halving the other -- while Donald has won six out of six.

Mickelson is making a US-record ninth appearance in the Ryder Cup, although his overall record is poor with just 11 wins from 34 matches.

The left-hander has also claimed just two wins from his last 14 fourball and foursome matches, meaning it is, perhaps, no surprise that rookie Bradley is his 14th different partner.

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JASON DUFNER & ZACH JOHNSON v

LEE WESTWOOD & FRANCESCO MOLINARI

Westwood is playing his eighth Ryder Cup under an eighth different captain and now has an eighth different partner in Molinari. The former world No 1 is viewed as highly adaptable, having not lost any of his last 10 foursomes matches, dating back to 1999, with five different partners. The European pair's putting could be a concern.

Former Masters champion Johnson has played in the Ryder Cup twice before, winning one and a half points in the record-equalling defeat at the K Club in 2006 and claiming two points from three matches in the much narrower loss at Celtic Manor two years ago. Dufner is a rookie who won twice in the space of three weeks on the PGA Tour this season, while also managing to squeeze in his wedding at the same time.

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STEVE STRICKER & TIGER WOODS v

IAN POULTER & JUSTIN ROSE

Another obvious pairing, good friends and former Challenge Tour room-mates Rose and Poulter won two of their three matches together in the defeat at Valhalla in 2008 -- the last time the United States lifted the trophy. Poulter will relish taking on Woods, although two of his three losses in the event have come against the former world No 1.

Woods has had 12 different partners in the Ryder Cup, including current captain Davis Love, but despite winning four and a half points from six singles matches, he still has a losing overall record.

He and Stricker won two of their three matches at Celtic Manor, but were thrashed 6&5 in the other by Westwood and Donald. The duo also lost 7&6 to Adam Scott and KJ Choi in last year's Presidents Cup, but won all four matches together in 2009.

Irish Independent