• First opening session whitewash from the US since 1975
• Arnold Palmer's bag was at the first tee - from 1975
ARNOLD PALMER | RYDER CUP
The spirit of Arnold Palmer seemed truly with the US Ryder Cup team in the opening session of the Ryder Cup as they inflicted a whitewash on Europe in the morning foursomes.
The last time the Americans went 4-0 in an opening session of the Ryder Cup was in 1975 – with Palmer’s bag from that year sitting on the first tee as the action got underway this morning.
It comes a day after a rainbow was captured on camera from stormy skies shortly after Palmer's ashes were spread at his Latrobe Country Club.
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Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth got off to a flyer, continuing their fantastic partnership from Gleneagles to beat the key European pairing of Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose – with the Englishman’s putter proving to be ice cold in what was a stark contrast to two years ago.
In match two, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler fought back to beat Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan in a match which hinged on the rookie dunking his tee shot on the par-3 17th into the water while it was all-square.
Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer blew some fine opportunities in the middle of their match to extend the lead over Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker to 2UP – only to see the US duo fight back and win 4&2.
While, in the anchor match, it was a nightmare for Clarke’s wildcard picks Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters, who were convincingly beaten 5&4 by Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.
Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed v Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson
J.B. Holmes/Ryan Moore v Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Brandt Snedeker/Brooks Koepka v Martin Kaymer/Danny Willett
Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar v Rory McIlroy/Thomas Pieters
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