30 Sep 2010

McIlroy Woods Ryder Cup clash will be down to chance

8:00 am on 30 September 2010

The US Ryder Cup golf captain, Corey Pavin, has ruled out trying to arrange a showdown between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, as tensions between the two golfers simmered.

Last month McIlroy said he would relish the opportunity to face the troubled world number one, whose form has dipped after 10 months of turmoil in his private life.

But Pavin says there's no chance of him conspiring with the Europe captain Colin Montgomerie, to set up what would likely be a crowd-pleasing grudge match between Woods and McIlroy.

He says while he doesn't know if it's against the rules to arrange the situation. it's not in the spirit of what The Ryder Cup is all about and the way the pairings are supposed to happen.

He says if Woods and McIlroy were paired together, it would be by chance.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson has given a strong indication that Woods will be paired with Steve Stricker for the opening fourball matches at the Ryder Cup.