5 takeaways from Ryder Cup morning four-ball play
Here are 5 quick takeaways from the morning four-ball action at Le Golf National.
1. U.S. off to hottest start in nearly 30 years
The U.S. lead 3-1 after the morning four-ball action. The Americans haven’t had this good of a morning session since 1989. As no road team has ever swept the morning four-balls, the American start was historically good, with every match turning in the favor of the stars and stripes, save for the Patrick Reed/Tiger Woods vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood match, which went the opposite way.
2. Woods/Reed let it slip away
Tommy Fleetwood’s two late monster birdie efforts, including the one below, were critical for the Europeans.
SOUND ON ????
— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope)
After Reed chipped in at the 10th hole, the Americans lead 2-up. However, birdies from Molinari at 11 and 12 squared the match. Fleetwood poured in a birdie at the 15th and the 25-foot effort above at the 16th to effectively put the match away.
3. Rory McIlroy didn’t make a birdie…
After a lackluster final-round at East Lake, Rory McIlroy continued in that vein at Le Golf National. Hitting his golf ball all over Le Golf National, the Ulsterman was the only player in the morning action not to circle a number on his scorecard. Thorbjorn Olesen did everything he could, but the duo of Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson rolled to a 4 & 2 win.
4. …but Jordan Spieth sure did
Jordan Spieth used his off week (after missing out on the Tour Championship) to hone his golf game, apparently. Spieth nearly holed his opening approach shot. He birdied the third through fifth holes, and he pitched in at the seventh hole to push the lead to 3 up. Buoyed by Paul Casey, the Europeans fought back, but ultimately fell short, falling 1 up to the Spieth/Thomas team.
5. Koepka/Finau key
Even enjoys a little luck every now and then! ????
— PGA of America (@PGA)
Thanks in no small part to a lucky break at the par-3 16th, Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau stole a point they probably didn’t deserve. 1 down, Finau’s tee shot at the par-3 carried a water hazard by inches, bounced off the wooden reinforcement and landed four feet from the hole. Finau made the putt to square the match, eventually grabbing the point. Pretty wild to think that had Finau gotten a different bounce, the competition could have been even at 2-2 entering the afternoon.