With the draw for Friday morning's opening session just in, check out Paul Krishnamurty's preview of this quartet of foursomes...
"Europe have their work cut out to beat what looks like a very strong USA partnership. Dustin is probably the leading American star this week and matchplay master Kuchar is also predicted for a big Ryder Cup."
Back To Lay The Tie in Spieth/Reed versus Rose/Stenson
Back 2u @ [6.4]
Place order to lay 4u @ [3.0]
Both captains have opted to go in with all guns blazing with pairings that were superb at Gleneagles two years ago and could well prove the core of their gameplan again.
Rose and Stenson won all three matches together by an aggregate of 10 holes. Spieth and Reed's aggregate was also plus 10, earning two wins and a half from three points. They also won their sole appearance together at the 2015 Presidents Cup.
With such equally outstanding credentials, it's hard to make any sort of confident prediction so my advice is a trade on the tie. This is often a decent betting strategy in pairs golf. To double our money, we'll probably need it to reach the 17th.
Back Rory McIlroy & Andy Sullivan to beat Rickie Fowler & Phil Mickelson 2u @ [2.1]
I wouldn't have guessed these pairings. Sullivan has been struggling so it seems a bit risky to put him in with Europe's main man. Rickie and Phil are heavyweights but both pretty erratic, with poor Ryder Cup records.
Perhaps Davis Love thinks his team leader can finally coax the best out of Fowler in this competition. Maybe it will pay off, but it's not obvious that it will. I must assume Rory and Sullivan have gelled in practice so I'll take a punt on them.
Back Sergio Garcia & Martin Kaymer to beat Zach Johnson & Jimmy Walker 4u @ [2.2]
Given my pre-tournament bets on these two for the top European scorer market, my selection here is obvious. Sergio Garcia is one of the great foursomes players of all-time. Kaymer's also started his Ryder Cup career well and liable to thrive under the pressure.
I'm not a fan of picking players like Walker in foursomes. Very long, not very accurate and ultra attacking. When it comes off it works a treat but when it doesn't, his partner is in trouble. Plus Zach hasn't been in great form and Hazeltine is a bit long for him.
Back Dustin Johnson & Matt Kuchar to beat Thomas Pieters & Lee Westwood 4u @ [1.7]
The same argument about being wary of bombers applies here, to the Europeans. I'm surprised to see Pieters out early, as he looks much better suited to fourballs.
Having the ultra-experienced Westwood as partner may help, but even if they do gel, Europe will have their work cut out to beat what looks like a very strong USA partnership. Dustin is probably the leading American star this week and matchplay master Kuchar is also predicted for a big Ryder Cup, as explained in my Top US Scorer piece.