A disastrous morning leaves U.S. Ryder Cup team down 8-4

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A disastrous morning leaves U.S. Ryder Cup team down 8-4

The United States team needed a strong morning showing in fourballs on Saturday, trailing 5-3 after Friday at the 2018 Ryder Cup. It didn’t happen. On the contrary, the U.S. team dug itself a deeper hole, falling to a 8-4 deficit.

Here’s how the matches went…

Sergio/Rory vs. Finau/Koepka

A disastrous morning leaves U.S. Ryder Cup team down 8-4

Sergio Garcia, who was a questionable captain’s pick coming into the event, has proven to still be a worthy Ryder Cup competitor picking up 2 points in the two matches he’s played in. The U.S. team, down 4 holes with 5 to play, was mounting a comeback winning three straight holes, but Sergio rolled in the dagger on 17.

Sergio hits a CLUTCH putt to win the match over Koepka/Finau. ????

— PGA of America (@PGA)

Although inconsistent throughout the match, Rory poured in four birdies of his own following a birdie-less Friday fourballs performance. In all, the Sergio/Rory pairing was 7-under through 17 holes of play.

Casey/Hatton vs. DJ/Rickie

A disastrous morning leaves U.S. Ryder Cup team down 8-4

DJ and Rickie were both essentially in their pocket on the first hole after Rickie hit his drive in the water and hit a terrible approach shot, and DJ hit his second shot in the water. A bounce-back birdie by Rickie on the second hole moved the match to all-square, but that was about the highlight for them in this match. Casey made 5 birdies in the first six holes, and the Casey-Hatton duo was 9-under as a team through 16 holes… that’s simply tough to beat.

Fleetwood/Molinari vs. Woods/Reed

A disastrous morning leaves U.S. Ryder Cup team down 8-4

Furyk decided to go back to the Reed-Tiger well on Saturday after the pairing lost their fourballs match to the same opponents yesterday. It did not go well. An uninspired Tiger and a flailing Reed both struggled to hit fairways, and thus, greens. Reed hit his tee ball in multiple hazards off the tee, hit one O.B. on 7, and he didn’t hit his first green in regulation until the 8th hole. This about sums it up:

I’m sure I’m missing something, but I just don’t recall anyone EVER playing as poorly as Patrick Reed just did in that Ryder Cup match with Tiger Woods. It was unspeakably awful.

— Jay Coffin (@JayCoffinGC)

And this haymaker…

Captain America must have no passport! No sights of him in Paris!

— Edoardo Molinari (@DodoMolinari)

Tiger didn’t play much better, low-lighted by a head-scratching approach shot on 13 with a wedge in his hand that found the water in a crucial moment of the match. Reed made a clutch 10-foot birdie putt to halve the 9th hole, and Tiger won two holes with birdies, but the match was awfully lopsided toward the Europeans, who played the 15 holes in 6-under.

Here was the one highlight from Tiger:

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— GolfWRX (@GolfWRX)

Poulter/Rahm vs. Spieth/JT

A disastrous morning leaves U.S. Ryder Cup team down 8-4

This was the match of the morning by far. JT/Spieth jumped to an early 1 up lead ala Spieth’s long birdie putt on hole No. 2, but Rahm/Poulter moved to 1 up through 7. The U.S. then won 3 of the next 5 holes, but lost the 13th hole to a Rahm birdie.

Poulter, who expectedly holed a number of crucial putts, was chest-pounding all over the course.

It’s not a true European blow out until Ian Poulter is chest pounding all over the green

— GolfWRX (@GolfWRX)

JT wasn’t holding back his own emotional celebrations in the closing holes. While Spieth mostly carried the team early with his flatstick, JT caught fire down the stretch holing a number of big putts, and birdie-ing 4 of the last 6 holes in the match. Here was the winning putt/reaction.

JT with the walk-off birdie to defeat Team Europe! ????????

— PGA of America (@PGA)

So the United States team heads into the afternoon alternate shot matches down 8-4. Here are the pairings (with a highly questionable lack of adjustment by Captain Furyk following the Friday afternoon sweep, using mostly the same pairings aside from giving Tiger the nod to play with Bryson instead of Phil).

A disastrous morning leaves U.S. Ryder Cup team down 8-4

 

A disastrous morning leaves U.S. Ryder Cup team down 8-4

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