(USA 6-2 Europe) Viktor Hovland (24) and Tommy Fleetwood (30) ruined their match win, and Europe is off to a strong start to the Ryder Cup against the USA.
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The United States is in the lead at 6-2 after the first day of three. The first team in 14.5 points wins. Europe’s opening day is the worst since 2004, when Europe had 6.5 points compared to 1.5 for the United States after the first day.
After the eighth hole in foursome matches, where everyone plays with their ball, but only the best result in the team counts, Hovland / Fleetwood was three up against Thomas / Cantlay of the USA. The highlight was a beautiful chip in the Hovland cup on hole four.
But Hovland / Fleetwood lost a breath. This happened as the American couples Johnson / Schauffele and Finau / English were increasingly superior to Casey / Wiesberger and McIlroy / Lowry, respectively.
“We’ve had a beautiful day and the fans have been incredible,” Harris English tells the US Golf Channel.
Cantlay / Thomas won holes 9 and 12, and were only one down before the last six holes. With an impressive eagle on the 16th hole, Thomas matched the United States lead. It ended the same and they shared the points.
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World number one Jon Rahm and his teammate Tyrrell Hatton saved a draw against Dechambeau / Scheffeler on the 18th hole in gusting Wisconsin winds, thanks to Hatton.
– It was very windy. Neither of us played our best golf, says Rahm.
– I had a good partner and I enjoyed every minute. We are a good team and we will dominate, he says Bryson DeChambeau from the United States.
This is how Friday’s fourball games ended:
- Casey / Wiesberger (Europe) mot Johnson / Schauffele (United States): USA won – 1 point
- Rahm / Hatton (Europe) vs. DeChambeau / Scheffler (United States): Equal – 0.5 points each
- McIlroy / Lowry (Europe) vs. Finau / English (US): United States Wind
- Fleetwood / Hovland (Europe) vs. Thomas / Cantlay (United States): Equal – 0.5 points each
February 1Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP
The Friday before he took USA leads 3-1 after all four games, where players hit every other hit:
- Camp 1: Garcia / Rahm (Europe) vs. Spieth / Thomas (United States): Europe won
- Camp 2: Casey / Hovland (Europe) vs. Johnson / Morikawa (United States): United States Wind
- Camp 3: Westwood / Fitzpatrick (Europe) vs. Berger / Koepka (USA): United States Wind
- Camp 4: McIlroy / Poulter (Europe) vs. Cantlay / Schauffele (United States): US Ventilation
– Viktor has every reason to be proud of his debut, Discovery expert Henrik Bjørnstad then said of Hovland.
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Starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, a new round of foursome and fourball matches awaits. Team selections are not yet known. Europe’s captain, Pádraig Harrington, said at the beginning of the week that was obvious that Hovland could play all five games.
Sunday is the singles game. In match play, which is used in the Ryder Cup, points are counted by the number of wins on a single hole in the round, not the number of strokes used in total in the round, as in golf. ” regular”.
Throughout history, the United States has a solid advantage with 26 victories over 14 of the Europeans. But Europe has won nine of the last twelve, even though the Americans have largely dominated the rankings.