Fired-up McIlroy faces tough Ryder Cup singles match

Darren Clarke has sent Rory McIlroy out first in Sunday's singles matches
Darren Clarke has sent Rory McIlroy out first in Sunday's singles matches

Rory McIlroy will take on Patrick Reed in a mouthwatering first singles match after European captain Darren Clarke opted to put his best players out first on Sunday.

Clarke had little option after seeing his side lose three of the second day's fourball matches at Hazeltine to trail by three points heading into the 12 singles.

But the holders could at least take encouragement from having overturned a four-point deficit at Medinah in 2012 as they sought to secure an unprecedented fourth straight victory.

A fired-up McIlroy - who called for a fan to be ejected after suffering some foul-mouthed abuse - was in superb form on Saturday in securing a third straight win alongside rookie Thomas Pieters.

However, Reed arguably played even better with six birdies and an eagle in the final fourballs match alongside Jordan Spieth.

Open champion Henrik Stenson will be sent out second against Spieth, with wild card Pieters taking on JB Holmes in match three.

Rafa Cabrera Bello and Spain's Sergio Garcia face Jimmy Walker and Phil Mickelson respectively, with rookies Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood, Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick filling four of the last five matches.

Fitzpatrick is in the last match against two-time major winner Zach Johnson, but Europe face an uphill task to get the contest that far.

Draw and tee times for final day singles matches:

1704: Rory McIlroy v Patrick Reed.

1715: Henrik Stenson v Jordan Spieth.

1726: Thomas Pieters v JB Holmes.

1737: Justin Rose v Rickie Fowler.

1748: Rafa Cabrera Bello v Jimmy Walker.

1759: Sergio Garcia v Phil Mickelson.

1810: Lee Westwood v Ryan Moore.

1821: Andy Sullivan v Brandt Snedeker.

1832: Chris Wood v Dustin Johnson.

1843: Danny Willett v Brooks Koepka.

1854: Martin Kaymer v Matt Kuchar.

1905: Matt Fitzpatrick v Zach Johnson.