U.S. overwhelms Europe to grab control of Ryder Cup on opening day
KOHLER, Wisconsin – A pink wave washed over the Ryder Cup on Friday as the USA dominated each foursome and fourball periods to seize a commanding 6-2 lead over titleholders Europe for his or her largest opening-day benefit within the biennial occasion in practically half a century.
With U.S. outcomes highlighted in pink and Europe in blue on the Whistling Straits’s scoreboards, chants of “USA, USA” rang out throughout the hanging links-style structure from daybreak to nightfall as 40,000 principally American followers basked in a dominating efficiency by the USA not seen since 1975.
By profitable each periods 3-1, U.S. captain Steve Stricker’s males are practically midway to the 14½ factors wanted to reclaim the small gold cup that will likely be hoisted by the winners on Sunday.
Historical past is unquestionably on the Individuals’ aspect as they’ve by no means misplaced a Ryder Cup at residence when profitable the primary session 3-1 or higher. Actually, they’re 11-0 below that state of affairs, however European captain Padraig Harrington remained defiant.
Play resumes on Saturday at 7:05 a.m. native time with foursomes once more adopted by afternoon fourballs.
“Little doubt it was a troublesome day,” stated Harrington. “There’s clearly nonetheless 20 factors to play for.
“You possibly can’t simply flip round and attempt to eat right into a lead straightaway in a single session.
“It will be pretty if it occurred, however you’ll be able to’t suppose like that. You’ve received to do it slowly, one step at a time.”
The Individuals, who boast a median world rating of 9 in comparison with 30 for Europe, had been the heavy favorites, however few anticipated the largely inexperienced aspect to ship such a poised efficiency.
Olympic champion Xander Schauffele produced one other gold medal-worthy effort in his Ryder Cup debut, profitable each his matches.
For the morning foursomes, Schauffele teamed up with Patrick Cantlay for a 5&3 win over Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, then within the afternoon was matched up with Dustin Johnson for a 2&1 win over Paul Casey and Bernd Wiesberger.
Sergio Garcia, who went out within the day’s first group with fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm, equaled Nick Faldo’s document for Ryder Cup match wins with 23, however that was the one spotlight on what proved to be a tough day for the European aspect.
Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton birdied their ultimate gap to halve their fourball match with Bryson DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler, one other of six rookies on the 12-man U.S. squad.
Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland held on to tie Justin Thomas and Cantlay to earn Europe’s solely different half-point.
Ryder Cup rookie Harris English and Tony Finau beat McIlroy and Shane Lowry 4&3 to provide the USA their different full level in fourball.
“We are able to come again from 6-2,” stated McIlroy, who misplaced two matches in a single day for the primary time in six Ryder Cups.
Harrington despatched his massive weapons of Rahm and Garcia out first within the morning foursome, hoping they’d set the tempo.
The 2 Spaniards did their half however couldn’t encourage these following.
Within the second match, Johnson and British Open champion Collin Morikawa beat Casey and Hovland with a birdie on the par-five sixteenth for a 3&2 victory.
Brooks Koepka and American debutant Daniel Berger, within the penultimate match of the morning session, proved too strong for Europe’s Ryder Cup stalwart Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick, claiming a 2&1 win.
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