Ryder Cup 2021 Pairings: Tee Times for Foursomes on Day 1

Following a brief hiatus, the Ryder Cup is about to make its return and promises to be bigger than ever, with Team U.S.A. set to battle it out against Team Europe to win the coveted trophy.

This year's tournament kicks off today (September 24) with foursomes, a unique round played at the Ryder Cup which sees players pairing up across the 18 holes.

Hosted at the coastal Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, the 2021 Ryder Cup marks the first time the competition has been played on a public course in a quarter century.

Here is all the information you need ahead of today's foursomes matchplay.

When Does Round 1 of the Ryder Cup Start?

The tournament begins at 7:05 a.m. CT on September 24, with the first round of foursomes.

The golfers play in pairs, and eight of the team's 12 players take part in this first round.

Here are the tee times and teams, with Team U.S.A. noted first:

  • 7:05 a.m. CT - Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth vs. Jon Rahm and Sergio García
  • 7:21 a.m. CT - Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa vs. Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland
  • 7:37 a.m. CT - Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger vs. Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • 7:53 a.m. CT - Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele vs. Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry

What Is Foursomes?

Foursomes is the first round of the Ryder Cup, and is repeated again on Saturday morning.

The matchplay sees pairs from each team share a ball, meaning players take it in turns to hit.

For example, Player One in Team U.S.A. will drive the ball from the tee, then Player Two in Team U.S.A. will pitch the ball from the fairway to the green.

As a result, there will be a pair of players per team on each hole, equalling four players per hole.

The foursomes match will be followed in the afternoon by the four balls tournament, which is exactly as it sounds: golfers will still play in pairs, but each with their own ball.

On each hole, the golfer with the best score wins the point for their team, meaning there are two chances to score per hole.

Ryder Cup 2021 Teams:

There are 12 players per team, as well as a captain and five vice-captains.

The captain of Team U.S.A. is Steve Stricker, and he is joined by Fred Couples, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III as vice captains.

The Team U.S.A. players are:

  • Justin Thomas
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Daniel Berger
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Harris English
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Tony Finau
  • Scottie Scheffler

The captain of Team Europe is Padraig Harrington, and he is joined by Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Graeme McDowell and Robert Karlsson as vice captains.

The Team Europe players are:

  • Jon Rahm
  • Sergio García
  • Paul Casey
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Lee Westwood
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Shane Lowry
  • Ian Poulter
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Bernd Wiesberger
  • Tommy Fleetwood

The Ryder Cup can be watched live every day on the NBC Golf Channel, with coverage beginning at 6 a.m. CT.

Ryder Cup opening ceremony
The Ryder Cup 2021 opening ceremony, with Team U.S.A. and Team Europe standing by the trophy at Whistling Straits. Warren Little/Getty Images