(US – Europe 11-5) It was another heavy day for the European team at the Ryder Cup on Saturday. Viktor Hovland (24) lost both matches he played, and the European team must now write Ryder Cup history if they want to defend victory.
Aftenposten collaborates with VG-sporten. Therefore, as a reader of Aftenposten, you also get articles and services created by VG.
Viktor Hovland was left with half a point after three games in the Ryder Cup debut before Saturday night’s fourball game. There, the Norwegian played alongside Tommy Fleetwood, as he also did when he scored his first half point on Friday.
Against Americans Bryson DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler, it was a match that rocked back and forth. The European duo took the lead in the match for the third time at the 12th hole, but again the Americans struck back and tied for the third time after a birdie by DeChambeau on the 14th hole.
The American duo won the next two holes after a good play from Scheffler, so Hovland / Fleetwood had to win the last two holes for half a point. DeChambeau secured the victory for the USA with a birdie on the 17th hole, which means that the position before the final day of the Ryder Cup is 11-5 for the USA.
If there is to be a European victory, the history of the Ryder Cup must be written. Twice before, most recently in 2012, a team went from 6-10 to 14.5-13.5 on the final day, but no team ever made it back. after being six points behind.
This is how Saturday’s games ended:
- Rahm / García (Europe) vs. Koepka / Berger (United States): Europe won 3 and 1 – 1 points to Europe
- Casey / Hatton (Europe) mot Johnson / Morikawa (United States): USA won 2 and 1 – 1 points to USA.
- Hovland / Wiesberger (Europe) vs. Thomas / Spieth (United States): USA won by 2 holes – 1 point for USA.
- Fitzpatrick / Westwood (Europe) mot Schauffele / Cantlay (USA): USA won 2 and 1 – 1 points to USA.
- Rahm / García (Europe) vs. Koepka / Spieth (United States): Europe won 2 and 1 – 1 points to Europe
- Lowry / Hatton (Europe) vs. Finau / English (US): Europe won by 1 hole – 1 point for Europe
- Fleetwood / Hovland (Europe) vs. DeChambeau / Scheffler (USA): USA won 3 and 1 – 1 points to USA.
- Poulter / McIlroy (Europe) vs. Johnson / Morikawa (United States): USA won 4 and 3: 1 point for USA.
Hovland was expected to be among the top players in Europe at this year’s Ryder Cup, where Hovland writes the history of Norwegian sport as the first Norwegian participant in the tournament’s history. The 24-year-old has played in four games so far but only has half the point.
– They played really well, but they really gave us a chance to run away, and we just didn’t take that chance. I definitely missed too many putts. Tee til green I think we played better, but we didn’t deal with that, Hovland said after Saturday’s foursome loss.
In the fourball game, Hovland dropped several putts initially, but there were no birdies in the last half of the round and then there was another loss.
Also stars like Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey -both played three games that ended with three losses- have had a weak score in the European team, where it is mainly the Spanish Jon Rahm and Sergio García who have added points. Rahm is number one in the world, while Garcia is the player who has scored the most points in the history of the Ryder Cup and the two have won three of the three games they have played together so far, while he was also half a point for Rahm when he played Tyrrell Hatton on Friday night.