Ryder Cup: USA take Four-Zero lead over Europe after foursomes on opening day


Europe must create historical past to retain the Ryder Cup after being whitewashed by america within the opening session at Hazeltine on Friday.

Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose and Open champion Henrik Stenson surrendered their unbeaten document to Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, earlier than Lee Westwood and rookie Thomas Pieters have been thrashed by Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson then received 5 holes in succession to beat Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer Four&2, earlier than Europe’s distress was accomplished as Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan misplaced on the 18th to Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.

Maybe fittingly, the final time america received a gap session Four-Zero was when the late Arnold Palmer was captain in 1975, albeit towards Nice Britain and Eire, and Palmer’s bag from that contest had been displayed on the primary tee in tribute to the seven-time main winner after his demise on Sunday.

The US have by no means misplaced a Ryder Cup on house soil after successful the opening session, leaving European captain Darren Clarke with a large job to rally his facet for the afternoon fourballs.

Clarke stored religion with Rose and Stenson within the first match as they took on Spieth and Reed once more, with Rafa Cabrera Bello drafted in to accomplice fellow Spaniard Garcia towards Ryan Moore and JB Holmes.

Masters champion Danny Willett partnered Kaymer towards Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka, with the ultimate match seeing McIlroy alongside Pieters towards US Open champion Johnson and Kuchar.

After successful all three of their matches collectively at Gleneagles two years in the past, it was no shock that Rose and Stenson have been despatched out first for the second Ryder Cup in succession.

The identification of their opponents was not a shock both, two-time main winner Spieth and Reed having additionally gone unbeaten on their debuts in Scotland with two and a half factors from three matches.

Three birdies within the first seven holes put Spieth and Reed in command and though a par on the ninth was sufficient to scale back the deficit – solely after Stenson was made to gap from inside two ft – the European pair’s sole birdie of the day on the 11th was matched by their opponents.

In entrance of a raucous crowd Reed’s birdie on the 16th then sealed the win and he mentioned: “I live for those kind of moments, having the whole crowd behind me gets me going. It was an awesome feeling.”

Spieth added: “We knew months ago Rose and Stenson would be thrown out first and we told the captain we’d love to hit the first shots. We got off to a hot start. We both believe in each other’s games.”

Westwood and Pieters have been in hassle from the second they bogeyed the primary two holes and have been 5 down after eight, their solely win of the day coming with a par on the ninth after the People three-putted from lengthy vary.

Kaymer and Garcia have been then made to pay for lacking good possibilities to punish a nervous begin from their opponents, who birdied the 13th, 14th and 16th – and received the 15th with a par – to return again from one down after 11 holes.

However arguably the most important blow got here as McIlroy and Sullivan twice squandered a two-hole lead in match two, the second coming after birdies on the 13th and 14th.

The European pair bogeyed the 15th and misplaced the following to a birdie earlier than Sullivan, who had been very good, discovered water along with his tee shot on the 17th.