Rory McIlroy to sit Ryder Cup session after struggling on Day 1

Michael Collins breaks down the European team's needs to catch up in Day 1 of the Ryder Cup. (0:53).
SHEBOYGAN (Wis.) -- Rory McIlroy will not be present at Saturday's Ryder Cup session.

McIlroy (32), is one of the European Ryder Cup's leading players. He has competed in every session from 2010 to 2018 and compiles an 11-9-4 record, while the team won four out of five times.

McIlroy was unable to win Friday's morning session. He lost with Ian Poulter to Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele 5, and 3. He lost in the afternoon to Shane Lowry and Tony Finau, while Harris English won 4 and 3. Both matches failed to make it to the 16th green.

The U.S. leads by 6-2

Padraig Harrington, the European captain, spoke with the media prior to the pairings were announced and did not reveal whether McIlroy was there.

Harrington stated, "He's already an leader." He was there supporting his team and watching matches after a hard day. He is a great leader among his peers. I couldn’t have asked for more from him throughout the year and I couldn’t ask more of him today.

"Yes, the golf didn’t go as smoothly as he would like, but I’m not second-guessing his leadership or what he does to help my team."

Poulter will also be absent Saturday morning after having played just one game Friday. He is currently 14-7-2 in his seventh Ryder Cup. He has never lost in singles.

The matchups for foursomes will feature the same teams as Friday's 3-1 lead.

Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger and Sergio Garcia face off against Jon Rahm at 8:05 a.m. ET will be followed by Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa and Tyrrell Hatton against Paul Casey at 8:21 a.m. Jordan Spieth versus Viktor Hovland & Bernd Wiesberger @ 8:37 a.m. The last group is Cantlay & Schauffele against Lee Westwood & Matt Fitzpatrick at 8.53 a.m.

After the morning foursomes, there will be four four-ball matches later in the afternoon.