Ryder Cup captains offer pairing hints as practice gets under way

 Team Europe's Rory McIlroy during the second preview day of the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

Captains Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker offered hints about their possible pairings for the 43rd Ryder Cup as practice got under way in earnest at Whistling Straits.

On the European side, world number one Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton went out together, with Fleetwood in need of a new partner after Francesco Molinari failed to make the team.

Paul Casey, Bernd Wiesberger, Matt Fitzpatrick and Ian Poulter were in group two, Poulter perhaps being lined up to give rookie Wiesberger the benefits of his experience.

The final group saw another rookie, Norway’s Viktor Hovland, surrounded by the experienced trio of Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.

 Team USA captain Steve Stricker (second left) waves to the crowds during the second preview day of the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin

Despite half of his side being rookies, Stricker looked to have at least three strong pairings to call on as the United States aimed to regain the trophy lost in Paris in 2018.

Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler were in the same group on Tuesday, with Spieth and Thomas set to resume their successful partnership from 2018.

Finding a partner for the big-hitting DeChambeau looks a tougher task, although Scheffler averaged more than 300 yards off the tee on the PGA Tour last season.

Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa formed the second group, with good friends Cantlay and Schauffele expected to pair up as they did in the Presidents Cup.

The final group contained Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka, the latter pair having played twice together in Paris.

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