• McIlroy vs Thomas to start Sunday singles

    Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas
    A showdown awaits

    Rory McIlroy will be looking to get Team Europe off to the perfect start when he faces Justin Thomas in the opening singles match on Sunday at the Ryder Cup.

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    The Northern Irishman has struggled for consistency all week at Le Golf National and will need to bring his best if he is to stop Thomas from helping his side believe they can do the unthinkable.

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    The American has been one of the few players to cope in Paris and combined with Jordan Spieth late on Saturday to help limit his side’s losses. The win was at the expense of McIlroy and Ian Poulter, who were nowhere near the level they produced 24 hours earlier as they played their part in the European whitewash session.

    For all the drama, fist bumps and chest pumping, there has been little to shout about from Captain America, Patrick Reed, with the much-hyped rematch against McIlroy now out of the equation.

    Instead, Reed will be in the 10th game against English rookie Tyrrell Hatton, who on Saturday did something that Reed is yet to do in the event … score a point.

    Following McIlroy out will be Paul Casey, who will face Brooks Koepka. With two Majors to his name this year, Koepka has failed to deliver the show-stopping performances in national colours but could help create some drama should he prevail over Casey, who was in inspired form on Saturday morning.

    In game three, Justin Rose faces Webb Simpson before Jon Rahm meets Tiger Woods. The 42-year-old star is 0-3 this week and faces winless Rahm with more than just pride at stake.

    Tommy Fleetwood is chasing a perfect week but must beat Tony Finau for that honour with Poulter looking to bounce back and enrich his legend status against world No 1 Dustin Johnson.

    Match seven has Jordan Spieth up against Thorbjorn Olesen, who has not featured since his opening match loss alongside McIlroy.

    Sergio Garcia faces Rickie Fowler with Francesco Molinari, another European chasing the 5-0 record, up against Phil Mickelson. The veteran American was benched for Saturday and will no doubt be looking for a performance to end a disappointing personal week off on a positive note.

    The final two matches are a mini Sweden vs USA contest with Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren facing Bubba Watson and Bryson DeChambeau.

    Sunday singles (SA time):

    12:05 – Rory McIlroy vs Justin Thomas

    12:17 – Paul Casey vs Brooks Koepka

    12:29 – Justin Rose vs Webb Simpson

    12:41 – Jon Rahm vs Tiger Woods

    12:53 – Tommy Fleetwood vs Tony Finau

    13:05 – Ian Poulter vs Dustin Johnson

    13:17 – Thorbjorn Olesen vs Jordan Spieth

    13:29 – Sergio Garcia vs Rickie Fowler

    13:41 – Francesco Molinari vs Phil Mickelson

    13:53 – Tyrrell Hatton vs Patrick Reed

    14:05 – Henrik Stenson vs Bubba Watson

    14:17 – Alex Noren vs Bryson DeChambeau

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