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Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson in lead group; Mickelson and McIlroy in the anchor at Ryder Cup

  • Phil Mickelson, center, salutes as he is announced as part of the US team during the opening ceremony for the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Phil Mickelson, center, salutes as he is announced as part of the US team during the opening ceremony for the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phil Mickelson of the US gestures as he walks off the 12th green after playing during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Phil Mickelson of the US gestures as he walks off the 12th green after playing during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • US team captain Tom Watson and Phil Mickelson, left, stand on the 11th tee box during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    US team captain Tom Watson and Phil Mickelson, left, stand on the 11th tee box during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

Two days after Phil Mickelson poked fun at Rory McIlroy, they face off in the Ryder Cup.

Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, undefeated as a team at Medinah, play the European powerhouse of McIlroy and Sergio Garcia in the opening session of fourballs on Friday at Gleneagles.

Mickelson took a playful jab at McIlroy when he said the best part of American unity is the players don't "litigate against each other." McIlroy has a court battle against his old management firm and the lawsuit now involves Graeme McDowell.

Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson will hit the opening shot in the better-ball format against Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.

Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker go up against Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer; and Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed play Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter.