Ryder Cup: Europe drop Rory McIlroy against United States at Whistling…

Rory McIlroy has been left out of a Ryder Cup session for the first time in his career after losing both his matches on Friday’s opening day.

The Northern Irishman, who was beaten 5&3 in his foursomes match with Ian Poulter and 4&3 with Shane Lowry, will sit out Saturday’s opening foursomes.

McIlroy, 32, had played in 26 straight matches since making his debut in 2010.

The United States opened a record 6-2 rule over Europe on the opening day at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

Despite leaving him out, Europe captain Padraig Harrington said he “could not have asked more” from McIlroy.

“The golf didn’t go in addition as he would have liked, but I’m not second-guessing him for a second in terms of his leadership and what he does for my team,” Harrington additional.

Spanish pair Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia will reunite after earning Europe’s only win on Friday, as do Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick after their thin defeat.

US captain Steve Stricker sticks with the same four pairings he put out on day one, albeit in a slightly different order with Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger going out first instead of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

“We identified some groups that would be very good in foursomes and we feel really comfortable with them,” Stricker said.

“They enjoy playing foursomes. They played great, so we won that session 3-1.

“In our mind, it’s like, you know what, let’s just send those four groups right back out there again.”

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