Rory McIlroy will team up with Ian Poulter in Friday's Ryder Cup foursomes, but Shane Lowry has been left out of the opening session at Whistling Straits.

European captain Padraig Harrington has selected world number one Jon Rahm and fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia to lead their side's bid to retain the trophy in the first foursomes match.

They've been handed a tough task when US captain Steve Stricker will send out three-time major winner Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, who won three of their four matches together in Paris in 2018.

Their only defeat at Le Golf National came against Europe's star pairing of Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, but with Molinari not making the team this time Fleetwood also has to sit out the first morning's action.

Norway's Viktor Hovland is the only European rookie in action on Friday morning as he partners Paul Casey against Dustin Johnson and Open champion Collin Morikawa, with Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick taking on Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger.

Meanwhile McIlroy and Poulter, who won one of their two foursomes matches in Paris, are up against FedEx Cup winner Patrick Cantlay and Olympic champion Xander Schauffele.

The foursomes tee off at 1.05pm Irish time and the pairings for the afternoon fourballs (6.10pm) will be confirmed later.

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