(USA – Europe 9-3) Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger appeared to secure a welcome point for the European team, but failed to take over the huge lead they gained early on against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
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From leading with three holes after six holes played, Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger eventually became big problems in Saturday’s foursome match at the Ryder Cup.
While the European duo missed several relatively short putts, the American team dropped the big putts and, with two holes remaining, the Americans led by two holes.
Thus, the Europeans had to win the last two holes to get half a point. They easily won the 17th hole, but at the 18th hole the last hope disappeared when Wiesberger hit the entrance into the stream. Thus, Thomas and Spieth won and, for the third consecutive session, the United States won 3-1 and therefore leads 9-3 overall.
The European team needed a boost after the United States secured an early 6-2 lead during Friday’s game at the Ryder Cup.
Viktor Hovland scored a half point in two games after he and Paul Casey lost in a foursome to Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa, while Hovland and Tommy Fleetwood shared the game with Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay following an impressive play by the American duo. .
Along with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, Hovland got off to a brilliant start in the match against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth on Saturday afternoon.
With three birdies in the first six holes, the European duo took a three-hole lead. But again, the Americans had to fight to get back in. Despite having problems on holes 7 and 9, they managed to save par. Hovland / Wiesberger, on the other hand, missed two to three meter par putts and after Spieth dropped a nine meter long putt for birdie on the 10th hole, while Hovland missed a three meter long putt, from suddenly it was the same again.
The European duo fought back with a win on the next hole, but then ran into trouble on holes 14 and 15.
The Americans had turned the game around and an American team eagle on the 16th hole put them ahead with two holes with two to play. The Europeans could not reach that advantage and therefore Hovland and Wiesberger lost.
On Friday, the Spanish duo Jon Rahm and Sergio García were the only ones to win a match for Europe. The two played together again in Saturday’s quartet, but they got off to a nightmare start against Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger and lost the first three holes.
Impressively, they turned the game around and eventually won 3-1. It’s the first time a European couple has turned a game around after missing the first three holes since 1987, when Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam did the same against Jerry. Lawrence and Lawrence Mize.
Garcia became the player in Ryder Cup history to win the most matches. Saturday was the Spanish victory number 24. Before the tournament, he was the player with the most points.