The pandemic-delayed 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin is underway.
The Americans lead going into Sunday’s singles, 11–5. No team has ever come back from a deficit worse than 10–6. The U.S. did it at Brookline in 1999 and the Europeans pulled it off at Medinah in 2012.
Here are the pairings and tee times for Sunday (all times Central Standard Time).
2021 Ryder Cup Tee Times, Matches for Sunday Singles
The American team has an 11–5 lead and needs 14-1/2 points to win the cup. Europe, the defending champion, needs 14 to retain.
Europe enters Sunday singles down by five and looking to make history with the largest final-day comeback in Ryder Cup history. Can they pull it off? The picks are in, and this picks say … nope. But a fun day awaits. On to the picks. — Jeff Ritter
11:04 a.m. — Xander Schauffele vs. Rory McIlroy
Rory looks lost, lifeless and completely drained. Schauffele has thoroughly enjoyed himself, and will be rested after sitting out Saturday afternoon. The bright side for Rory: the nightmare is almost over.
Prediction: Schauffele wins 4 and 3
11:15 a.m. — Patrick Cantlay vs. Shane Lowry
Lowry has had some strong moments this week, and he carried Hatton to a point Saturday afternoon. Cantlay has at times looked like a world-beater in his own right. This one should be close.
Prediction: Lowry wins 1 up
11:26 a.m. — Scottie Scheffler vs. Jon Rahm
Rahm is the top-ranked player in the world, and he’s played like it all week long. Scheffler has enjoyed the ride while paired with DeChambeau, but he’s hitting a potential buzzsaw here.
Prediction: Rahm wins 3 and 2
11:37 a.m.— Bryson DeChambeau vs. Sergio Garcia
Another marquee matchup. Will DeChambeau go full WWE with his theatrics? How will Sergio handle it? This one could be combustible, and I just want to see it go a full 18.
Prediction: Match halved
11:48 a.m.— Collin Morikawa vs. Viktor Hovland
This should be fun, as both players should be faces of their respective teams for years to come. Neither are known for their putting, but Morikawa seems to making more this week, including a 20-footer to close his match Saturday night.
Prediction: Morikawa wins 1 up
11:59 a.m.— Dustin Johnson vs. Paul Casey
D.J. is right on course to be Man of the Match. Casey has been mostly miserable. It looks like a mismatch on paper and I can’t argue with it.
Prediction: Johnson wins 5 and 4
12:10 p.m.— Brooks Koepka vs. Bernd Wiesberger
Wiesberger has been impressive, while Koepka has bullied his way to a win and a loss so far. Bernd has buried a ton of clutch putts this week, and there are always surprises in singles. Maybe this is one of them.
Prediction: Wiesberger 2 and 1
12:21 p.m.— Tony Finau vs. Ian Poulter
Poulter hasn’t won a point, which seems almost unfathomable given his Ryder Cup track record. He’s actually played well, and while Finau is a budding star in this event, Poulter might have one last highlight to add to his Ryder reel.
Predicton: Poulter wins 1 up
12:32 p.m.— Justin Thomas vs. Tyrrell Hatton
With two player who might be the most, uh, passionate on their respective teams, this match is the odds-on favorite to be the most emotional. Hatton has had some nice moments, but an angry JT — and it says here that Hatton is likely to anger Thomas at some point — is a dangerous JT.
Prediciton: Thomas wins 2 and 1
12:43 p.m.— Harris English vs. Lee Westwood
English has split two matches alongside Finau, while Westwood has been most lifeless in what is likely his final Ryder Cup appearance. Hard to see him summoning anything at this point.
Prediction: English wins 5 and 4
12:54 p.m.— Jordan Spieth vs. Tommy Fleetwood
Spieth has yet to win a Ryder Cup singles match in his career. Fleetwood was one of Europe’s heroes in 2018 in Paris but has barely registered a blip this week.
Prediction: Spieth wins 3 and 2
1:05 p.m.— Daniel Berger vs. Matt Fitzpatrick
Berger has the fire and the complete game that is pretty much made for this. He’s probably also steamed about losing his match Saturday morning. Fitzpatrick has been better than I expected, given that he’s probably the shortest hitter in this field, but I don’t like his chances without a partner.
Prediction: Berger wins 2 up
Final Score: U.S. 18.5, Europe 9.5
2021 Ryder Cup Pairings for Saturday Afternoon Four-ball
- Jon Rahm/Sergio Garcia defeated Brooks Koepka/Jordan Spieth, 2 & 1.
- Shane Lowry/Tyrrell Hatton defeated Tony Finau/Harris English, 1 up
- Scottie Scheffler/Bryson DeChambeau defeated Tommy Fleetwood/Viktor Hovland, 3 & 1.
- Dustin Johnson/Collin Morikawa defeated Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy 4 & 3. This match is the 1,000th in Ryder Cup history.
2021 Ryder Cup Tee Times and Predictions for Saturday Morning Foursomes
It’s getting late early for Team Europe, which can’t afford to fall any farther behind to stay within striking distance for Sunday singles. Captain Padraig Harrington has attempted to send his hottest players out early Saturday in hopes of turning things around for his squad—and in a mild surprise, he’s sitting Rory McIlroy, who went 0–2 Friday while appearing out of sorts. It's the first time Rory's been benched in his Ryder Cup career. On to the matches. - Jeff Ritter
7:05 a.m. — Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger vs. Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm
Captain Stricker is sending one of his strongest teams from Friday morning out first, and with a full day of rest, as Koepka and Berger sat out Friday afternoon. Rahm and Garcia are the only tandem to win a match for Europe so far, and when Sergio was forced to putt a two-footer early Friday, the duo came alive. If Europe is going to get back in this thing, they can’t drop this match. It’ll be close, but it says here that the Cup won't be decided before noon on Saturday.
Prediction: Europe wins 2 and 1
How we did: We got the winner right but not by how much. The Europeans won 3 and 1.
7:21 a.m. — Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa vs. Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton
D.J. quietly went 2–0 on Friday and Morikawa showed no signs of the back injury that bothered him late in the Tour season. They enter this one with momentum, but Hatton is also running hot after playing great over the closing holes Friday, and he punctuated his performance by canning a 5-footer on 18 to salvage a half-point for his team. This match is close to a coin flip, and if Europe is going to stay in the game they need to have a break or two go their way. This feels like a good spot for a little good luck.
Prediction: Europe wins 1 up
How we did: Missed it. The Americans won, 2 and 1.
7:37 a.m. — Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas vs. Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger
Hovland and Wiesberger played well on Friday but combined to earn only a half-point as they ran into buzzsaw U.S. performances. Now they draw arguably the most potent U.S. pairing, as Spieth and Thomas went 3–1 together at the 2018 Ryder Cup in France before being dispatched here Friday morning. I'm feeling the Bernd, but it's tough to see this fiery U.S. team falling for a second straight day.
Prediction: U.S. wins 2 and 1
How we did: Got the winner correct. Spieth and Thomas won, 2 up.
7:53 a.m. — Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele vs. Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick
This looks like the most lopsided match on paper, as Cantlay and Schauffele teamed up to steamroll Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter in a tone-setting match Friday morning. Schauffele won another full point playing with D.J. in the afternoon, and Cantlay pulled out a half-point while teamed with Thomas. Fitzpatrick had some nice moments on Friday, but he's probably this event's shortest hitter, and the golf course sets up to reward power. You’d think that Westwood, playing in what is likely his final Ryder Cup, would answer the bell, but he brought nothing Friday morning and it’s hard to see how he can turn it around in time for this one.
Prediction: U.S. wins 4 and 3
How we did: Got the winner correct, again. US won, 2 and 1.
2021 Ryder Cup Tee Times for Friday Afternoon Fourball
Here are the results for each afternoon match:
- Dustin Johnson/Xander Schauffele defeated Paul Casey/Bernd Weisberger 2&1.
- Bryson DeChambeau/Scottie Scheffler halved with Jon Rahm/Tyrrell Hatton
- Tony Finau/Harris English defeated Rory McIlroy/Shane Lowry, 4&3
- Tommy Fleetwood/Viktor Hovland halved with Justin Thomas/Patrick Cantlay
2021 Ryder Cup Tee Times, Pairings for Friday Morning Foursomes
Here are the results for each morning match:
- Jon Rahm/Sergio Garcia defeated Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth, 3 & 1.
- Dustin Johnson/Collin Morikawa defeated Paul Casey/Viktor Hovland, 3 & 2.
- Brooks Koepka/Daniel Berger defeated Lee Westwood/Matt Fitzpatrick, 2 & 1.
- Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele defeated Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter, 5 & 3.