SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin (UKTN) – A video clip of Friday’s Ryder Cup games:
Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, Europe, def. Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, 3 and 1 years old.
The Americans took the lead quickly when Thomas birdied 6 feet. Garcia hit his tee shot from 15 feet to set up a birdie on the third to tie the game, then Rahm punched a 60-footer just off the green for Europe’s first lead. Europe took control as Rahm netted three birdies in four holes for a 3-point lead. The Americans tried to recover. The big moment came on the 15th. Spieth hit 8 feet and it looked like the Americans could cut the deficit to one hole with three to go. But Garcia did a 25-footer and Thomas missed the birdie putt. Europe was asleep. It ended in a wild moment on the 17th when Spieth hit the side of a 6-foot slope and the momentum of his swing sent him hurtling down the hill towards Lake Michigan to avoid falling. Thomas missed the putt and they conceded the game.
Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa, USA, def. Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland, Europe, 3 and 2.
Johnson made sure the Americans got off to a steady start with a great wedge of native grass that created a birdie and a nice chip to split the second hole in half. Europe took their only lead with a par at No.4 thanks to a savage drive from Johnson. The Americans equalized when Johnson birdied 12 feet over No.6, took the lead when Casey missed the seventh green that led to the bogey and sealed it with back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th holes for a 3 point lead. They closed it when Johnson found the fairway at the 16th par-5 and Morikawa hit the fairway metal at 30 feet for a two-putt birdie.
Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, USA, def. Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick, Europe, 2 and 1.
There were few memorable moments in this one. The Europeans never trailed more than two holes and the game was tied at the turn. Koepka birdied 6ft at No.10, hit a 6ft corner at No.11 for Berger to birdie putt, and they were on their way. The teams halved the remaining six holes, with Westwood missing an 8-foot putt in the 17th, which sealed the European defeat.
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Sc Chaudle, United States, def. Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, Europe, 5 and 3.
The Americans never lagged in the last game of the morning, taking the lead with a birdie in the first when Cantlay drained a 5-footer to start a five-game winning streak. They won the second par 5 with a par and the fourth hole with a par. The Europeans made a brief comeback, starting with birdies at No.10 and 11 to reduce the lead to 3. McIlroy hit his tee shot on the 12th at 8-foot-by-3 for a birdie, but ScHotele hit his corner 2 feet away for a conceded birdie. They tied the birdies on the 13th as well. But Cantlay’s 14th par 4 approach rolled within 3 feet of the flag to set up the Americans’ sixth birdie and restore a 4-point margin. They closed it at the next hole when the Europeans failed to birdie and conceded a fourth consecutive birdie to end the game.