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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
The second practice session started with both Sam Torrance and Curtis Strange sending out similar pairings as on the previous day.

The decision to make only minimal changes fuelled speculation that both Torrance and his American counterpart were close to deciding their pairings for the first series of fourballs, scheduled for Friday morning.

For a second day in a row Torrance, the European Captain, put out Thomas Björn and Darren Clarke together in the first practice match although he declined to confirm whether they would be playing as a team against Pierre Fulke and Phillip Price.

It was a similar story in the other published fourballs. Sergio Garcia and Bernhard Langer went out in the same fourball for the second day in succession. They were alongside Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood who were also in the same group on 24 hours before.

Both those pairings look settled and it was the same in the final group in which Ireland's Padraig Harrington's name continued to be featured alongside that of Sweden's Niclas Fasth. Jesper Parnevik and Paul McGinley made up that final four ball.

The American team was led out by Phil Mickelson and David Toms, one of three pairings to remain the same as the previous day.

Toms said the previous evening that he anticipated being paired with Mickelson and the fact that his Captain sent them out together for the second successive session suggests he might be right.

"I think we pair well together," said the former US PGA Champion. "They say I'm the steady guy and he (Mickelson) likes to be pretty aggressive. You put that in best ball and it makes a nice team, I think."

The second group contained two further pairings from the previous day with the experienced Davis Love III teamed up with David Duval against Hal Sutton and Scott Verplank.

The biggest change's came in Strange's final four ball in which Tiger Woods and Paul Azinger went out against Scott Hoch and Mark Calcavecchia. 24 hours previously, Woods had teamed up with Calcavecchia, Azinger had been with Cink and Hoch was paired with Furyk.

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