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Mickelson-Johnson will lead off for U.S. Ryder Cup


U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin selected Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson as the first pair to play against Europe when the Cup gets underway Friday, and European captain Colin Montgomerie countered with Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer in that first group.

The other matchups in the better-ball, or foursomes, format:

--Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar of the U.S. against Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

--Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods against Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher.

--Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton against Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington.

Pavin decided not to play Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler in the morning matches.

--Mike James

 Photo: Phil Mickelson. Credit: Allan Henry / US Presswire.

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