We mean business! Unbeaten Ryder Cup duo Donald and Garcia pair up in practice
14:48 GMT, 26 September 2012
The unbeaten Ryder Cup partnership of Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia was back together for the second day of practice in Chicago on Wednesday.
And, with Europe playing foursomes rather than fourballs, it looks as if the pair might try to make it five wins out of five when the match against the Americans starts on Friday.
Donald and Garcia won twice together on the Englishman's debut in Detroit in 2004 and added two more victories two years later in Ireland.
All smiles: Garcia looked relaxed during the second practice round at Medinah
Donald has a perfect record of six
wins out of six in the format, having also partnered Ian Poulter and Lee
Westwood when Garcia was only an assistant captain in Wales two years
The Spaniard, meanwhile, is unbeaten
in nine foursomes since his first cap as a 19-year-old – he remains the
youngest-ever player in the match – in Boston in 1999. Eight of the nine
On the opening day of practice this
week Donald was with Westwood again, but that was a fourball game
against Poulter and Justin Rose – and they scored a better-ball 59, 13
This time Donald and Garcia played
alongside Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, a partnership from the 2010
match that looks cast in stone again.
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Westwood, meanwhile, switched to
playing alongside Scot Paul Lawrie, Italian Francesco Molinari and
Belgian debutant Nicolas Colsaerts.
The first game out was Poulter and Rose again with Swede Peter Hanson and German Martin Kaymer.
On his superb foursomes record Garcia, who has also won with Jesper Parnevik and Westwood, joked today: 'I think it's quite simple – I just had great partners. They just carried me home.
'I don't know. I've managed to gel nicely with the partners I've had – we've played well together, we've been comfortable together.
'There's no big secret about it. It's being able to play well at the right moments – foursomes is the toughest format we play, so being comfortable with who you're playing I think is key.'
Final countdown: The players took another good look at the course before the action begins in earnest