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Ryder Cup 2016: Europe’s Rory McIlroy faces American Patrick Reed in singles

Sunday singles pairings

Rory McIlroy will take on Patrick Reed in Sunday’s opening singles match at the Ryder Cup as Europe look to fight back from 9½-6½ down at Hazeltine.

Europe captain Darren Clarke has put rookie Thomas Pieters, who has won three points with McIlroy out third.

The Belgian will play American JB Holmes, while Jordan Spieth, who has partnered Reed to three points, faces Henrik Stenson in the second match.

Justin Rose takes on Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia faces Phil Mickelson.

Europe captain Darren Clarke has put his best players at the top of the order in an effort to overturn the three-point deficit but his selections have been matched by opposite number Davis Love.

“I’ve obviously been around a lot of teams so it was no secret that they (Europe) were going to load the boat,” said Love.

“So our problem, was we say, all right, we’re going to put the six guys out that are playing really well.”

Europe need to reach 14 points to retain the trophy, while the US team needs to score 14½ points to win for the first time since 2008.

Four of Europe’s six rookies – Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood, Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick – are in the final five matches, along with Germany’s Martin Kaymer.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/37532820