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Tiger to sit out Saturday morning session
Posted 9/28/2012 8:57 PM ET

MEDINAH, Ill. -- Tiger Woods will sit out a match for the first time in his Ryder Cup history Saturday morning, while Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley will take aim at their third consecutive victory.

Woods had played in every match -- 31 -- he was eligible to play. Instead, captain Davis Love III will send out Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson in the first match of foursomes against Justin Rose and Ian Poulter. In the second match, Bradley and Mickelson will face Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Match No. 3 pits Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, winners Friday morning, against Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia.

The anchor match pits a rematch of the opening match of the Ryder Cup -- Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker against Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

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Woods and Stricker lost both of their matches Friday.

"We just don't want guys to be worn out," Love said. "We need Tiger and Steve in the afternoon. We need Tiger and Steve on Sunday. I think Tiger needs a rest. Steve needs a rest. I need a rest. And, you know, it's a team effort, and Tiger and Steve are very supportive friends of mine.

"They told me they would do whatever I asked them to do, and I can guarantee you, neither one of them are very happy about it. Not because they are sitting out; because they have to wait till (Saturday) afternoon to come back."

The pairings (times Eastern):

8:20 a.m. -- Justin Rose and Ian Poulter, Europe, vs. Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson, United States.

8:35 a.m. -- Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, Europe, vs. Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson, United States.

8:50 a.m. -- Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia, Europe, vs. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, United States.

9:05 a.m. -- Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, Europe, vs. Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker, United States.

Posted 9/28/2012 8:57 PM ET
Tiger Woods, after going 0-2 on Friday, will sit out the Saturday morning foursome session.
Brian Spurlock, US Presswire
Tiger Woods, after going 0-2 on Friday, will sit out the Saturday morning foursome session.