Ryder Cup Europe Beat US 4-0

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Ryder Cup Europe Beat US 4-0

The sun was shining and the rout was on Friday morning at Marco Simone Golf Club.

Team Europe swept the foursomes session to take a fostering 4- 0 lead into the autumn fourballs, with the Americans noway leading a single match. Not for one hole, not in any match.

It’s the first time Europe has blanked the Americans in the opening session of the matches( theU.S. won, 4- 0, in opening foursomes in 2016 at Hazeltine).

Last week, theU.S. swept the opening session in the Solheim Cup but Europe clawed back to retain the mug with a tie. This time, still, it’s the callers who are in a deep hole.

Then’s how the Day 1 foursomes played out in Italy

Match 1 Jon Rahm/ Tyrrell Hatton( EUR)def. Scottie Scheffler/ Sam Burns(U.S.), 4 and 3

Rahm and Hatton’s dominant palm was stressed by the Spaniard’s near- ace at the par- 3 seventh.

After the Europeans made the turn, 2 over, it looked as if the Americans would be suitable to pull within one at the par- 4 10th. Rahm had other plans, dicing in for par from short of the green to tie the hole.

Rahm and Hatton progressed to win the 11th and 12th holes to go 4 over and seacoast to the finish line to put the first point on the board for Team Europe.

Match 2 Viktor Hovland/ Ludvig Aberg( EUR)def. Max Homa/ Brian Harman(U.S.), 4 and 3

Hovland brought the fireworks beforehand in this one, dicing in from just off the green at the par- 4 first for birdie to take a 1- up lead.

Aberg was solid in his Ryder Cup debut, as the brace took a 3- up lead into the reverse nine and turned another bone
on with a birdie at the par- 4 14th.

Hovland ended the match atNo. 15 when he splashed a greenside cellarage shot to within a bottom for a conceded par and another point for the Euros.

Match 3 Shane Lowry/ Sepp Straka( EUR)def. Collin Morikawa/ Rickie Fowler(U.S.), 2 and 1

This was noway as close as the score would indicate.

Lowry and Straka were 4 over through nine holes and theU.S. could get no near than 2 down on the reverse nine. The big guys closed it out with a routine par at the 16th, putting Europe up, 3- 0, with one match left in the session.

Match 4 Rory McIlroy/ Tommy Fleetwood( EUR)def. Xander Schauffele/ Patrick Cantlay, 2 and 1

This was the closest of the early contests, with Europe leading, 1 over, through 14 holes. It appeared the American tandem would draw all square at the 15th, with the Euros out of position, but Fleetwood rolled in a 20- footer for par and Schauffele followed by missing a 5- footer to match.

Staked to a 2- up lead with three to play, Fleetwood hit the platoon’s tee shot into the bank of the green on the drivable par- 4 16th, slightly clearing the water. They couldn’t get up and down, while theU.S. made birdie.

Cantlay also hit a solid tee shot on the par- 3 17th, outside 20 bases. But McIlroy responded with a outrage to 3 bases.

After Schauffele missed, Fleetwood rolled his in to complete the blanking.

Reference

www.nbcsports.com/golf/news/europe-sweeps-u-s-4-0-in-opening-foursomes-at-ryder-cup

apnews.com/article/ryder-cup-europe-mcilroy-usa-marco-simone-9188ec42c56d45055aa621d918b39a73

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