Ryder Cup: Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed to kick off USA defense

    Tiger Woods is introduced alongside the USA Ryder Cup team in Paris.

    Le Golf National, Paris (CNN)Tiger Woods will partner Patrick Reed against Europeans Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood when the Ryder Cup gets under way in Paris Friday.

    The resurgent Woods, who won his first tournament for five years on Sunday, will spearhead the USA's attempt to successfully defend the Ryder Cup and win on European soil for the first time in 25 years.
    Along with Reed, dubbed "Captain America" for his Ryder Cup exploits -- the 28-year-old has a 6-2-1 record in the competition -- Woods will play in the fourth fourball pairing Friday morning against Italian Molinari, who won the Open in July, and Englishman Fleetwood who was runner-up in the US Open in June.
      Brooks Koepka, who successfully defended his US Open title at Shinnecock Hills and then held off Woods to win the PGA Championship at Bellerive this season, and Tony Finau will begin for Jim Furyk's powerful USA side against world No. 2 Justin Rose and Jon Rahm.
        They will be followed by Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler against Rory McIlroy and Thorbjorn Olesen, with Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in the third match against Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton.
        Woods, 42, played the last of his seven previous Ryder Cups in 2012 since when serious back issues have derailed his career.
        His impressive performances this season earned him a wildcard pick as he looks to improve on a Ryder Cup record that reads played 33 matches, won 13, lost 17 halved three. He has only played on one victorious team -- at Brookline in 1999.
        "It's going to be fun for both us us," said Woods. "We've been looking forward to teaming up and doing something like this together."