No Spieth Or Thomas… The Eight Players Sitting Out Ryder Cup Opening Foursomes Session

The teams are in for the Friday morning foursomes, with eight European and American players not featuring

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On the eve of the Ryder Cup, we learnt who will be featuring in the first session in Rome, with Team Europe and USA going for interesting line-ups for the Friday morning foursomes.

Europe have opted for a mix of experience and rookies, with Ludvig Aberg and Sepp Straka getting their debut Ryder Cups underway with Viktor Hovland and Shane Lowry. Alongside the quartet, Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton will lead out the European side, whilst the experienced duo of Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood bring up the final group.

In the case of the Americans, World No.1, Scottie Scheffler, is paired alongside his good buddy, Sam Burns, with the pair leading off Team USA. They will be followed by the rookie pairing of Max Homa and Brian Harman, with Rickie Fowler and Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay completing the final four.

Obviously, with 16 players out on the course, there will be eight missing - four from Europe and four from USA - with some big, big names left out of the foursomes!

Team Europe

Nicolai Hojgaard

Nicolai Hojgaard lifts his putter in the air

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Robert MacIntyre

Robert MacIntyre strikes his tee shot

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Matt Fitzpatrick

Matt Fitzpatrick waves to the crowd whilst holding his cap

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Justin Rose

Justin Rose strikes his tee shot

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It was always going to be interesting to see who Luke Donald was going to select for the foursomes, an area where Europe have always got the upper hand against their American opponents in the past.

With the teams being announced, rookies Nicolai Hojgaard and Robert MacIntyre won't be featuring, with English duo Matt Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose also not participating in the morning.

It seems then that Hojgaard and MacIntyre may play in the afternoon, but you could say it is slightly surprising that Rose isn't featuring, given that his foursomes record in the event is 7 wins 2 losses and 1 tie.

The final player not playing is Fitzpatrick, with the Englishman still looking for his first Ryder Cup point having been defeated in all five of his matches in two tournament appearances. In that time, he has lost three foursomes sessions and two singles sessions.

Team USA

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth walks with a wedge in his hand

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Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas watches his tee shot

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Wyndham Clark

Wyndham Clark hits his tee shot in the Ryder Cup

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Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka at the 2023 Ryder Cup

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In the USA's case, they have left out Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Wyndham Clark and Brooks Koepka, with just one rookie staying on the sidelines in the form of US Open winner, Clark.

According to our man on the ground, both Spieth and Thomas were seen on Thursday morning struggling with their games, with the pair perhaps the surprising names left out of the morning foursomes, given their previous record in the Ryder Cup. It means we may see the Major winning duo play in the afternoon in the four balls.

In Koepka's case, the five-time Major winner won't be featuring in the morning session, with the 33-year-old holding a 2-2-0 record in foursomes. Along with his foursomes record, he has two wins in the four balls, as well as three defeats. 

Clark, on the other hand, is making his debut in the event and has already caused a slight stir after comments made at Rory McIlroy. Clark, who beat McIlroy by one stroke at the US Open, said to Golf Today: “I have the utmost respect for Rory – he is one of the great ambassadors of our game. He is obviously one of the best of all time and he is still going so he can be that. I have tons of respect for Rory and because of that respect, I also want to beat him. I like to think I am better than him and I want to prove that."


  • Scottie Scheffler & Sam Burns vs Jon Rahm & Tyrrell Hatton 
  • Max Homa & Brian Harman vs Viktor Hovland & Ludvig Aberg
  • Rickie Fowler & Collin Morikawa vs Shane Lowry & Sepp Straka
  • Xander Schauffele & Patrick Cantlay vs Rory McIlroy & Tommy Fleetwood


The Friday morning foursomes get underway at 7.35am local time (6.35am BST & 1.35am ET). The last foursomes match will go out at 8.20am CET (7.20am BST & 2.20am ET).

Following that session are the afternoon fourball matches, which are scheduled to begin between 12.25pm and 1.10pm CET (11.25am and 12.10pm BST & 6.25am and 7.10am ET) with play scheduled to wrap up for the day around 6pm CET (5pm BST & Noon ET).

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

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Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

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