US Lead Europe By 3 In Ryder Cup !
After taking a point back from the morning foursomes, Europe gave 2 points back in the fourballs, losing three of the four afternoon matches. Consequently the US will take a three-point advantage into the final day, leading Europe 9½-6½.
Morning Foursomes results: Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters beat Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson 4&2. Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick lost to Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka 3&2. Justin Rose and Chris Wood beat Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson 1up.
Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrero Bella fought back valiantly after being 4 down with 6 to play and finished all square with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.
Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters levelled the score by winning the first of the Saturday afternoon fourballs, and the US surged back with wins for Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, and Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. The situation became worse with Lee Westwood missing from three feet on 18 so he and Danny Willett lost the final match.
Afternoon Fourball results: McIlroy and Pieters beat Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson 3&1. Danny Willett and Lee Westwood lost to J. B. Holmes and Ryan Moore by 1 hole. Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia lost to Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar 2&1. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson lost to Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth 2&1.
At the end of play European captain Darren Clarke said: “We’re going to have to work hard tomorrow. It’s been done before from a worse position. We need to believe in ourselves.”
US captain Davis Love III said: “I kept wanting to take Jordan and Patrick out to rest. But Tiger has been watching them and he said ‘no, no, no, don’t take my guys out. It worked and I’m going to put them to bed early.”
Europe need 7½ points from the 12 singles matches to retain the Ryder Cup, whereas the US need 5 points to secure a win. Europe has won the Ryder Cup on the last three occasions and the USA have won twice in the last 23 years so look out for some exciting golf on Sunday. USA have the momentum and Europe have the fight in what will be a fantastic finale.