International Team Event

Ryder Cup 2018

September 28-30

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

Past winners

September 28-30

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

Past winners

Day 1

Europe dominate foursomes to lead at The Ryder Cup

September 28, 2018

Team Europe rallied from a 3-1 deficit to claim a clean sweep for the first time ever in a Ryder Cup foursomes session and lead 5-3 going into the second day at Le Golf National, in Paris, France.

Europe dominate foursomes to lead at The Ryder Cup, © Getty Images
Francesco Molinari & Tommy Fleetwood

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Team Europe rallied from a 3-1 deficit to claim a clean sweep for the first time ever in a Ryder Cup foursomes session and lead 5-3 going into the second day at Le Golf National, in Paris, France.

An incredible fightback, led by Ryder Cup veterans Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, saw Europe sweep a session for the first time since 1989, a rare feat that they have achieved just twice, both times in fourball sessions.

“It was a bit of a roller coaster ride, to be honest," said Bjørn. "We were obviously disappointed with this morning. I think a couple of guys came in and felt like they couldn't get out of the matches what they wanted. There was a good feeling about going out and trying to do something this afternoon, pretty much the way before I got on the golf course, to be honest. So it was a great afternoon."

“This morning session could easily have finished 2-2, but it could also have been a whitewash the other way, and obviously that makes a difference; that [Fleetwood & Molinari] stand up in the end and holes the putts on 15, 16, 17 to win the match when it really matters. It gives them belief, but also gives their teammates hope.”

“We got those crowds behind us. We got them going. They started believing, and then they went through the whole golf course, and then it seemed like nothing could go wrong. That was kind of the feeling that you got through the day and through the afternoon, and we hold putts; the Americans missed putts, and that's kind of where it all went this afternoon.”

Europe dominate foursomes to lead at The Ryder Cup, © Getty Images

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During this morning’s fourballs, the United States won the first three matches of the day as Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau beat Justin Rose and John Rahm 1 Up, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler defeated Rory McIlroy and Thorbjørn Olesen 4&2, while Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas overcame Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton 1 Up.

“We got the momentum in the morning, out 3-1," said Furyk. "Europe flipped it quickly and got some unbelievable momentum in the afternoon for 4-0. So two totally different sides in the morning and the afternoon."

“You know, you've got to look at it, we played for eight points so far out of 28. The event's still pretty young. We've got one more team format tomorrow and then the singles. Eight out of 28, you know, pretty small percentage of this golf tournament been played."

“In medal play, you can shoot 68 and 78, and you're down ten shots and you've got to try to make that up for the next three days, right. In match play, you can make a 10 on a hole and the other guy makes a 3 and you only lose one hole. You can make that up the very next hole. Kind of the same thing with these matches, you lose 6&5, you lose 2&1, it's still the same result, correct?

“We have to shore things up, and I'm guessing we'll switch things up in the afternoon tomorrow. We've already been thinking about that.”

The shining light for Captain Thomas Bjørn’s European side was the performance of Open Champion Francesco Molinari and 2017 Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood. The pair defeated Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods 3&1, avoiding the possibility of a whitewash in the first session as seen at Hazeltine in 2016.

Bjørn made the decision to send out the experienced pair of Rose and Stenson first in the afternoon foursomes session, in what would be their seventh match together, against Johnson and Fowler. They won Europe’s second point of the day as they defeated the Americans 3&2.

Moments later, Europe’s third and fourth points of the day were secured with McIlroy and his afternoon partner Ian Poulter defeating Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 4&2, with Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren beating Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau 5&4.

Molinari and Fleetwood, returning to action for the afternoon session, defeated Thomas and Spieth 5&4, with Fleetwood becoming the first European Rookie since Garcia in 1999 to win both their games on the first day of a Ryder Cup.

The duo will play their third match together on Saturday morning in the fourball sessions, drawn against Woods and Reed.

Saturday Morning Fourball Session
Match One – 08:10
Rory McIlroy
Sergio Garcia
Vs
Brooks Koepka
Tony Finau
Match Two – 08:25
Paul Casey
Tyrrell Hatton
Vs
Dustin Johnson
Rickie Fowler
Match Three – 08:40
Francesco Molinari
Tommy Fleetwood
Vs
Tiger Woods
Patrick Reed
Match Four – 08:55
Ian Poulter
Jon Rahm
Vs
Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth
Friday Results
Europe
 
USA
14½ to win
Points Needed
14 to retain
5
Score
3
Friday Morning Fourballs
Justin Rose
Jon Rahm
1 Up
Tony Finau
Brooks Koepka
Rory McIlroy
Thorbjørn Olesen
4&2
Dustin Johnson
Rickie Fowler
Paul Casey
Tyrell Hatton
1 Up
Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth
Francesco Molinari
Tommy Fleetwood
3&1
Tiger Woods
Patrick Reed
Friday Afternoon Foursomes
Henrik Stenson
Justin Rose
3&2
Dustin Johnson
Rickie Fowler
Ian Poulter
Rory McIlroy
4&2
Bubba Watson
Webb Simpson
Sergio Garcia
Alex Noren
5&4
Phil Mickelson
Bryson DeChambeau
Francesco Molinari
Tommy Fleetwood
5&4
Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1