"I've always been the type that I want to go up against their best guy, and so on Sunday, I want to go up against whoever is playing the best that week".
Fleetwood played a practice round Tuesday with Francesco Molinari, the easygoing British Open champion, but said he would feel just as comfortable paired with a more flamboyant and overtly passionate teammate like Poulter.
Thomas epitomizes the current bomb-and-gauge style of play on Tour but will have to adjust due to some seriously thick rough and tight fairways at Le Golf National. "I would feel like I went to places where I needed to build back up and learn a lot from my own game".
"But I think to focus on one player is silly, especially when I might not even see him this week at any point this week because I might not be on the course with him or play against him".
"This week he's one of 12", McIlroy said.
They must be favourites then?. Pieters didn't make the team this time around, leaving McIlroy seeking a new partner in crime.
The pairings were announced at Thursday's opening ceremony in bright, late afternoon sunshine at the course just outside Paris as France proudly hosts the event for the first time. After the first four matches were shared, the Ryder Cup became increasingly one-sided, with the Americans winning the subsequent five. We've basically left any sort of egos at the door. "They have a great team, obviously".More news: UK's labour opposition to vote against Brexit deal
The following month's DUI arrest only deepened the sense that Woods' incredible career was over, but, after returning to action in November, his performances this season, including leading the Open with eight holes to play and finishing second in the US PGA, indicated that was certainly not the case.
US captain Jim Furyk has tried to tone down the hype, though it was hard to ignore that it was a "boost for everyone, and I think for Tiger in general, it's cool". He's got that passion that the Spanish are known for.
"I've seen three in person, including the one in Wales when I played in the Junior Ryder Cup, but I'm very excited to be this side of the ropes", said the 2017 USPGA champion.
The pair are joined by Woods and Mickelson, veterans of a combined 17 Ryder Cups and 75 matches, while Bjorn turned to Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey and Europe's talisman Ian Poulter to add experience to his line-up. "When we started to really work together to succeed in the Ryder Cup, I think we realised that we both have a lot more in common than we thought and we both have really come to appreciate working together to achieve things".
"I reached out to him and just talked to him about Augusta", said Thomas, who has practiced alongside Woods in what could be a hint at Jim Furyk's plans to play them together.
At 23, Rahm is the youngest member of this European team by two years. Definitely in the last one, at Hazeltine, I felt like I didn't have a target on my back just from the USA team, but from the fans as well. He knows that himself and, therefore, expects to have someone nearly as a chaperone when the gun goes off.
"There's going to be plenty of holes won in (the foursomes) with pars and I even venture to say, I think there's going to be holes won in fourballs with pars", he said. I think they both mentioned it would be a lot better pairing than it was in the past. We really complement each other very well. They are not going to put two rookies up on Friday morning. Yesterday, for example, after the round, after Rory drove it past me 50 yards on pretty much every hole, I was on the physio table after the round with needles in me. Hopefully, no players won't get too caught up in the spotlight when they tee off and go on to have a strong, competitive round.