Friday’s opening match of the Ryder Cup is “big for both sides” said Padraig Harrington after Europe’s Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were paired against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

Garcia has amassed 25½ points, the same as the entire US team combined, although Spieth and Thomas won three of their four matches together in 2018.

“Everybody could have predicted the first,” said Europe captain Harrington.

“They’re putting their best out we’re putting our best out, let’s have a go.”

World number one Rahm said going out first for his side is “a big honour”, especially because he is playing with fellow Spaniard Garcia.

“It means the captain has faith in me and who I’m partnered with. We are looking to start it the right way,” said 26-year-old Rahm, who won the US Open in June to claim his first major.

“There is nothing better than to be paired with my friend.

“Spanish legacy is deep in the Ryder Cup and I’m hoping we can start a new tradition,” he added, referring to the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal.

Friday’s opening match of the Ryder Cup is “big for both sides” said Padraig Harrington after Europe’s Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were paired against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

Garcia has amassed 25½ points, the same as the entire US team combined, although Spieth and Thomas won three of their four matches together in 2018.

“Everybody could have predicted the first,” said Europe captain Harrington.

“They’re putting their best out we’re putting our best out, let’s have a go.”

World number one Rahm said going out first for his side is “a big honour”, especially because he is playing with fellow Spaniard Garcia.

“It means the captain has faith in me and who I’m partnered with. We are looking to start it the right way,” said 26-year-old Rahm, who won the US Open in June to claim his first major.

“There is nothing better than to be paired with my friend.

“Spanish legacy is deep in the Ryder Cup and I’m hoping we can start a new tradition,” he added, referring to the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal.