Sheboygan, Vis. – For the first time in his Ryder Cup career, Rory McIlroy will sit out of the event session when the game resumes on Saturday morning.
McIlroy, 32, is one of the leaders of the European Ryder Cup team, participating in all 24 seasons from 2010 to 2018 and compiling an 11-9-4 record, while the team has won four of five times.
But McIlroy struggled on Friday, losing to Ian Poulter in the morning session by Patrick Cantley and Xander Schoffel 5 and 3, along with Shane Laurie in the afternoon, he lost to Tony Finau and Harris English 4 and 3. 16th hole.
The US is leading 6-2.
European captain Padraig Harrington spoke to the media before the pair’s release and would not reveal whether McLeroy is playing.
“He’s already a leader,” Harrington said. “You saw him out after a tough day, he was following those matches and supporting his team. He’s a great leader among his peers and throughout the year I wouldn’t have asked him more, I couldn’t have asked him more today.
After playing only once on Friday, Poulter has sat out the Saturday morning session. One of Europe’s star players over the years, he is now 14-7-2 in his seventh Ryder Cup. He never lost in singles.
The Foursomes matchup will see the same teams for the Americans who took a 3-1 lead on Friday morning.
Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger play against Sergio Garcia and John Rahm at 8:05 a.m., followed by Dustin Johnson and Colin Morikawa against Paul Casey and Tyrell Hatton at 8:21 a.m. Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas at Victor Howland and Bird Weisberger: : 3 and the last group is Cantley and Shofel at 5:53 a.m. vs. Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick.
The four-ball match will be played in the afternoon after the morning foursome session.