Rory McIlroy to partner Ian Poulter

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World number one Rory McIlroy will partner Ian Poulter during Saturday morning's Ryder Cup fourballs.

McIlroy and Poulter were partners two years ago when their victory during Saturday's fourball was the catalyst to a miraculous comeback as Poulter ended the match with five successive birdies. 

Poulter will be hoping for a better second day than his first when he and Stephen Gallacher lost 5 & 4 to rookies Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

The European duo will be the last fourball on Saturday morning and face Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler who played both session with each other on Friday.

McIlroy and Sergio Garcia snatched half a point away from the pair at the end of Friday's afternoon when the Northern Irishman produced a monster putt on the 17th before another birdie on the 18th saw them half the match.

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Only three Europeans will be making their third appearance on Saturday morning with Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson being kept together after their two victories on Friday.

They will face a new American pairing of Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar who both played once during Friday and both lost.

Tom Watson received criticism for leaving out rookies Reed and Jordan Spieth after their emphatic victory but they will be competing again on Saturday morning against Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer. Bjorn and Kaymer halved their match on Friday morning against Fowler and Walker in the fourballs.

The other foursomes match will be Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson continue their partnership against Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk.

Watson has taken the chance to rest Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley after the pair won one and lost one on Friday. Paul McGinley has left out Garcia after he could only claim half a point alongside McIlroy during his two matches.

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