The Ryder Cup

Teamwork: finding the right combinations

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When choosing who to pair together for the foursomes or fourballs, the Team Captain has much to consider.

Do the players have complementary playing styles? Can they feed off each other for energy and inspiration? If one is playing badly, can the other raise their own performance and offer encouragement?

José María Olazábal believes that a good Ryder Cup pairing requires a number of qualities:

"The chemistry has to be there. It’s important when you have two players and they feel comfortable with each other on the golf course or they think the same way on the golf course, and they’ve known each other for many years. But on the other hand, it’s not just that. It’s the way they play golf, it’s the way they see the game, and I think it’s a combination of those little things that create a good pairing."