SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – The United States dug itself a deeper hole Saturday morning, dropping another team session with only one more to go play in the 42nd Ryder Cup. Here’s how the matches played out on Day 2.
TOTAL SCORE: EUROPE 8, U.S. 4
Saturday morning fourballs: Europe 3, U.S. 1
Match 9: Garcia-McIlroy (E) def. Koepka-Finau (US), 2 and 1
Garcia and McIlroy were putting demons, making everything they needed to make. They were 4 up after 13, they lost the next three holes in a row, and then Garcia sealed it with a monster birdie putt on the 17th. They were a combined 7 under par.
Match 10: Casey-Hatton (E) def. Johnson-Fowler (US), 3 and 2
The Americans didn’t do anything spectacular and honestly they were lucky to take the match as deep as they did. The Europeans were a combined 9 under, and there’s just nothing you can do with that kind of display. Casey’s putter was on fire.
Match 11: Molinari-Fleetwood (E) def. Woods-Reed (US), 4 and 3
A thumping of epic proportions. Reed played as poorly as anyone has ever played in the Ryder Cup. Ever. Woods kept them in the match until European putters heated up again, winning four of the last five holes. This Euro duo is now 3-0 together.
Match 12: Spieth-Thomas (US) def. Poulter-Rahm (E), 2 and 1
The only bright spot for the Americans in the session, and they had to fight for it. Rahm and Poulter weren’t on top form, and Spieth and Thomas combined for 10 birdies, including a huge one on the 17th that kept the match from going the full way.
TOTAL SCORE: EUROPE 5, U.S. 3
Friday afternoon foursomes: Europe 4, U.S. 0
Match 5: Stenson-Rose (E) def. Johnson-Fowler (US), 3 and 2
This match wasn’t even as close as it seemed, and it set the tone for Europe to roll in the entire session. The Americans were over par and Stenson and Rose played well together again even though they didn’t really need to.
Match 6: McIlroy-Poulter (E) def. Watson-Simpson (US), 4 and 2
The European train keeps rolling with an easy win. They were 2 down after five holes, but won the next four consecutive holes to cruise against a U.S. team that was over par. McIlroy needed this after a poor performance in the morning and Poulter was never going to be denied.
Match 7: Garcia-Noren (E) def. Mickelson-DeChambeau (US), 5 and 4
Europe was 7 up after nine. Yes, that’s correct. The Americans were awful early and hit poor shot after poor shot. Garcia and Noren were antsy after sitting in the morning and just steamrolled to the easiest of wins. Four birdies in a five-hole stretch were too much.
Match 8: Molinari-Fleetwood (E) def. Thomas-Spieth (US), 5 and 4
Another blowout, this one to cap a European clean sweep of the session. The Americans had no gas and were over par, while Molinari and Fleetwood were steady and smooth, winning for the second time on the day. Yes, Europe seems to have found another unstoppable duo.
Friday morning fourballs: U.S. 3, Europe 1
Match 1: Koepka-Finau (US) def. Rose-Rahm (E), 1 up
The only time the U.S. led the match was after the 18th hole. Incredible. Europe was in complete control after the 12th hole, but quickly went cold when Koepka and Finau caught fire. A bad mix for the blue.
Match 2: Johnson-Fowler (US) def. McIlroy-Olesen (E), 4 and 2
Match was even for eight of the first nine holes, but the Americans turned it on quickly and pulled away in the easiest match of the session. McIlroy played horribly the whole time and failed to make a single birdie.
Match 3: Spieth-Thomas (US) def. Casey-Hatton (E), 1 up
All the matches of this session were great but this one was particularly wild. Spieth did Spieth things (5 under through seven) to get them 3 up after 10, but the Americans lost the next three holes in a row. Thomas’ birdie on 15 was the difference.
Match 4: Molinari-Fleetwood (E) def. Woods-Reed, 3 and 1
The Americans won Nos. 9 and 10 to go 2 up, but Europe won the next two to square the match. Fleetwood’s putter was on fire down the stretch in a match Europe had to have. Reed and Woods played decent, but never found a groove together, especially late.