It's a whitewash! Europe thrash USA in foursomes

Fleetwood Molinari Day 1

You have to go all the back to 1989 for the last time Europe whitewashed USA in a Ryder Cup session.

But history repeated itself - eventually - some 29 years later on Friday afternoon at Le Golf National as the four European pairings enjoyed comfortable victories over their American counterparts.

By comfortable, none of the matches went as far as the 17th hole and, in the case of lead pairing Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler - who won their fourball match so impressively this morning - and Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, it could have been a lot worse.

• The way these fans are watching the Ryder Cup is absolute genius

• Koepka affected after striking female fan

Johnson and Fowler were 5-down after 11 holes against Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson before losing 3&2, while Mickelson and DeChambeau were 7-down through nine holes against Garcia and Noren before losing 5&4.

Rory Mc Ilroy

In the other two matches, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter beat Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 4&2, while Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood beat Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth 5&3.

Naturally, it left European captain Thomas Bjorn feeling very content but, with his vast Ryder Cup experience of playing in three matches and being vice-captain in four, he did his best to play down the achievement.

• Good Day/Bad Day - Friday at the Ryder Cup

“We’re delighted with the way it turned out after a fairly tough morning but it’s a marathon and we’ve got to refocus and get ready for tomorrow," he said.

Untitled Design1

“But this session is right at the top. When you clean sweep, it’s
pretty special, but we experienced that against us at Hazeltine and it’s
not a nice thing. Things can turn around quickly."

The Dane also reiterated his faith in Rory McIlroy after making the call to put him out again in the afternoon foursomes after struggling in the morning, where he was the only player who didn't make a single birdie.

• European fans criticised for first tee boos

"I never have any doubt in Rory McIlroy, because if I start doubting him,
then I probably shouldn't be doing this job," he added. "I believe in him, and it was great to see his response today.

"I'm not in any way, shape or form qualified to tell Rory McIlroy how to
play golf, but I'm qualified to lead him in a direction with the people
he's surrounding himself with this week to get good things out of him. He is that guy that he only needs very short comments and then he
goes again."

Golf News

European Tour pros have putters stolen Down Under
J.B. Holmes fires back after slow play roasting
Adam Scott willing to take drastic action so PGA Tour tackles slow play
Geoff Ogilvy: 'PGA Tour didn't inspire me anymore'
Matt Kuchar issues apology; will give caddie $50k payment

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
Review: Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick tips with Denis Pugh and Peter Barber See all videos right arrow

play button
Denis Pugh’s tips for swinging on plane
Watch
play button
Denis Pugh says, ‘Turn, don’t slide’
Watch
play button
How to effectively compress the golf ball
Watch
play button
Denis Pugh’s takeaway tips
Watch
See all videos right arrow