Ryder Cup 2018 | The Day 1 Fourballs Preview

Jamie Donaldson and Andrew Cotter join Joe Molloy and Nathan Murphy ahead to the first day's action

BY Raf Diallo 21:12 Thursday 27 September 2018, 21:12 27 Sep 2018

Compere David Gina, center, speaks with US team captain Jim Furyk, center left, and Europe team captain Thomas Bjorn during the opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018 at Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

We're on the eve of the Ryder Cup in France and while USA go in as favourites, we now have an idea how Day 1 could play out.

The fourball pairings for the opening morning at the Ryder Cup have been revealed and first out on course at Le Golf National will be the meeting of Europe's Jon Rahm and Justin Rose, and the US pair Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau. That tees off at 7.10AM Irish time.

It's an intriguing prospect given that Rose has just won the 2018 FedEx Cup, while Koepka won two more majors this year to take his overall tally to three.

Following that, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy and Thorbjorn Olesen will take on Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler, both Top 10 in the world.

Then Paul Casey and Tyrell Hatton continue the European charge against three-time major winner Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.  

Meanwhile, what could well prove to be the tie of the morning is the last pairings out, and sees 2018 Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood go up against Tiger Woods, fresh off victory at the Tour Championship last weekend, and reigning Masters champ Patrick Reed. 

Nathan Murphy and Joe Molloy are at Le Golf National for Off The Ball and they were joined by European hero from four years ago at Gleneagles, Jamie Donaldson, to look back at winning 2014 as well as sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter to look ahead to Day 1 of action.

You can listen to the full Day 1 preview from Le Golf National on our podcast player:

You can also listen into this week's very Gallic Golf Weekly offering: 

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