• Recover from 4-0 whitewash to win session 3-1
• Rose/Stenson earn revenge over Spieth/Reed pairing
TEAM EUROPE | RYDER CUP
Europe recovered exceptionally well from a whitewash in Friday morning’s foursomes to take just a two-point deficit into Saturday’s Ryder Cup action at Hazeltine.
After an inspired performance from the US in an area they have failed considerably in the past, Darren Clarke’s men turned the tables by winning the fourballs session 3-1 – and in doing so wholly justifying his decision not to play Matt Fitzpatrick or Chris Wood on day one.
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson responded impressively from their 2&1 defeat to Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth in the foursomes, coming from behind to beat the same opposition 5&4 with an incredible nine birdies and no bogeys between them through 14 holes.
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Less than 30 minutes later, the deficit was back to four points when Brandt Snedeker – who was on fire with his putter – and Brooks Koepka comfortably saw off Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer 5&4, the latter of who only posted three hole scores as he continued to struggle like he had with Sergio Garcia in the morning.
However, thankfully for Europe, it was the only point USA got in the session as, firstly, Garcia and rookie Rafa Cabrera-Bello closed out a 3&2 win over J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore – despite the American duo hauling themselves back from 4DN with five to play thanks to two fantastic lengthy birdie putts from Moore.
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Meanwhile, in the anchor match, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar were unable to replicate their supreme showing against Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters in the foursomes.
Westwood shouldered the blame for the pair’s poor performance and, out with Rory McIlroy, the Belgian oozed confidence as they went 4UP through seven holes before winning 3&2.
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