Ryder Cup: Europe path 5-Three after Friday afternoon fourballs

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Europe should create historical past to retain the Ryder Cup after being whitewashed within the opening session, however an excellent fightback saved their hopes firmly alive at Hazeltine.

Darren Clarke’s facet had been shell-shocked after dropping all 4 foursomes matches in entrance of a raucous dwelling crowd, with the star pairing of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson tamely surrendering their unbeaten report to Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

Nonetheless, Open champion Stenson and Olympic gold medallist Rose led by instance within the afternoon fourballs in opposition to the identical opposition, storming to a 5&four win to get the primary European level on the board.

The all-Spanish pairing of veteran Sergio Garcia and rookie Rafa Cabrera Bello then beat Ryan Moore and JB Holmes Three&2, earlier than an off-form Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett misplaced 5&four to Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka.

However Rory McIlroy and an impressed Thomas Pieters ended a rollercoaster day on a excessive be aware by beating US Open champion Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar Three&2 to make sure Europe trailed simply 5-Three in a single day.