Watson sends rookies out early

US captain Tom Watson has backed his rookies to kickstart his side’s bid for an unlikely Ryder Cup victory on Sunday.

The Americans trail by four points ahead of tomorrow’s 12 singles matches, and with the rookies having done better than most so far in the American side, Watson is hoping they can help swing the momentum early.

Jordan Spieth, 21, heads out first, his playing partner thus far and fellow rookie Patrick Reed, 24, is out second and 25-year-old Rickie Fowler third.

Spieth will take on Graeme McDowell, Reed is up against Henrik Stenson and Fowler will face Rory McIlroy.

“I knew Paul was going to put out his best players first,” Watson said. “That’s typical of what happens with European captains, they put their strongest players out first. I think we have a good line up.”

Draw and tee-off times for the singles matches on the final day of the 40th Ryder Cup, Europe v United States, at Gleneagles, Scotland, on Sunday, September 28:

(Europe names first, Times are BST)

1136 Graeme McDowell v Jordan Spieth
1148 Henrik Stenson v Patrick Reed
1200 Rory McIlroy v Rickie Fowler
1212 Justin Rose v Hunter Mahan
1224 Stephen Gallacher v Phil Mickelson
1236 Martin Kaymer v Bubba Watson
1248 Thomas Bjorn v Matt Kuchar
1300 Sergio Garcia v Jim Furyk
1312 Ian Poulter v Webb Simpson
1324 Jamie Donaldson v Keegan Bradley
1336 Lee Westwood v Jimmy Walker
1348 Victor Dubuisson v Zach Johnson