Live blog: 2018 Ryder Cup, Friday afternoon foursomes

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Live blog: 2018 Ryder Cup, Friday afternoon foursomes

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Live blog: 2018 Ryder Cup, Friday afternoon foursomes

The hot start for the U.S. on Friday morning at Le Golf National was squandered as the Europeans swept afternoon foursomes to put the Americans in a 5-3 deficit heading into Saturday at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

We tracked each match, hole by hole, as it all played out in Paris:

Match 4 – Hole No. 14: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Spieth lips out an 8-footer for birdie and Molinari drains a 7-footer for birdie to win the hole and the match. That does it! A clean sweep for Europe in the afternoon session.

Europe wins, 5 and 4

Match 3 – Hole No. 14: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Noren cozies an eagle putt from off the green to tap-in range. They only needed to halve the hole, so Europe wins, 5 and 4. And the match wasn’t even that close, to be honest.

Europe wins, 5 and 4

Match 4 – Hole No. 13: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Spieth’s putting magic from this morning has disappeared. Well, first he loses his tee shot with an iron right into a hazard. Then Justin Thomas hits a brilliant third shot on the par 4 to 8 feet, leaving that for a steal of a halve. But Spieth misses yet another putt, losing the hole. This match is almost over.

Europe leads, 4 up thru 13

Match 2 – Hole No. 16: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

With McIlroy hitting his tee ball to 15 feet at the par-3 16th and the Americans facing 10 feet for par, the U.S. team concedes the birdie and match.

Europe wins, 4 and 2

Match 3 – Hole No. 13: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Mickleson ends up with a birdie putt of 18 feet that he just has to two-putt to win the hole. He actually buries it, which means they of course win the hole easily. This is just delaying the inevitable, though.

Europe leads, 5 up thru 13

Match 1 – Hole No. 16: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Good tee shot from the par-3 maestro Henrik Stenson, who finds the upper tier about 20 feet away. Rose putts it close and is conceded the par and the match.

Europe wins, 3 and 2

Match 4 – Hole No. 12: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Thomas chips to about 3 feet, which Spieth will clean up for par. The Europeans find the par 4 green in regulation and two-putts. A ho-hum halve.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 12

Match 1 – Hole No. 15: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Fowler has an 6-foot comebacker for par to extend the match and he just gets it to drop at the par-4 15th.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 15

Match 2 – Hole No. 14: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

Poulter and McIlroy nearly went 4 up with four to play, but Poulter lipped out his birdie try from 8 feet at the par-5 14th.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 14

Match 4 – Hole No. 11: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

A terrific tee shot from Spieth leaves the U.S. 8 feet for birdie. Molinari flails his right and long, and Fleetwood hits a tremendous chip to get this to finish about 10 feet away for par. The putt doesn’t fall, though, which means bogey. So the U.S. is conceded the hole.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 11

Match 3 – Hole No. 12: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Mickelson hits a wayward approach left and short-sided and DeChambeau proceeds to flub a chip. DeChambeau actually makes an 8-footer just to save bogey. But it doesn’t matter, as Garcia rolls in a 3-footer for par to win the hole and pretty much put this one out of reach.

Europe leads, 6 up thru 12

Match 1 – Hole No. 14: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

DJ continues to roll it well by making a crucial birdie from 12 feet for a halve.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 14

Match 4 – Hole No. 10: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

This one is really slipping away for the U.S. An errant drive in the rough from Thomas leads to Spieth dumping the approach on the par 4 in the front bunker. Thomas blasts out 8 feet past. The Euros two-putt for par and then Spieth misses that 8-footer to halve the hole. This is tough to watch.

Europe leads, 4 up thru 10

Match 2 – Hole No. 13: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

After winning the 12th hole with par, the Euros get off to  rough start here as Poulter drives it into the hazard. However, the ball is playable and McIlroy is able to find the green and give Poulter an 18-footer for birdie. After Watson misses his birdie putt, Poulter steps up and drains it! Vintage Poults!

Europe leads, 3 up thru 13

Match 3 – Hole No. 11: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Probably some complacency setting in here for Garcia and Noren, as Garcia misses a 5-footer for par. That allows Mickelson to coax in a 4-footer for par to give the Americans a second straight hole win. This is still lopsided, but the Euros better be a little careful.

Europe leads, 5 up thru 11

Match 1 – Hole No. 13: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Like this morning, DJ and Rickie are starting to heat up, most noticeably DJ’s putter. After making a par putt to win 12, DJ holes a birdie roll his team’s first birdie of the day in this match.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 13

Match 3 – Hole No. 10: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Noren hits into a hazard off the tee while DeChambeau finds the fairway and Mickelson stuffs the second shot to 5 feet. The Euros eventually make bogey and concede the hole to the Americans. Finally something good for the Americans in this match, but it’s way too little too late.

Europe leads, 6 up thru 10

Match 4 – Hole No. 9: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

And they give this one right back. Spieth fluffs a chip, and Thomas then leaves the next chip 5 feet short. That is what’s left for par, and they have a chance on the par 5 after Fleetwood misses a 15-footer for birdie. But Spieth hits a terrible par putt, as it dives low and right immediately and he’s disgusted. Understandably so, as that is a putrid par and loss of hole.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 9

Match 1 – Hole No. 12: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

The Americans get one back with a short DJ par putt make at the par-4 12th, but they still have a ways to go.

Europe leads, 4 up thru 12

Match 3 – Hole No. 9: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Garcia chips beautifully to 3 feet and Noren cleans up for birdie to win the hole. This is just a total laugher. Don’t know what else to say on this one.

Europe leads, 7 up thru 9

Match 2 – Hole No. 11: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

Great shots by Watson and Poulter into this par-3. However, McIlroy misses a 5-footer while Simpson makes from 4 feet.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 11

Match 4 – Hole No. 8: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Wait, the U.S. actually won a hole? We are trying to confirm … yep, it is indeed true. Shocking! A great up and down for par after a marvelous Spieth chip forces Fleetwood to make a 10-footer for par to halve the hole, but he can’t get it to drop. This is a huge match for the U.S. If they could somehow turn this…

Europe leads, 2 up thru 8

Match 2 – Hole No. 10: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

Sloppy hole halved with bogeys that sees McIlroy chip into a bunker and Watson miss an 8-footer for par after a poor approach shot.

Europe leads, 2 up thru 10

Match 4 – Hole No. 7: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Spieth had a 25-footer for birdie, but the right-to-left swinger finishes a little low and left. It’s a par and they halve the hole. That’s probably the best thing that’s happened to the U.S. in the last hour or so, which is saying a lot.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 7

Match 1 – Hole No. 11: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Same story as the last hole, as Johnson hits a poor tee shot and then misses a short par save at the par-3 11th. Rose hit a good tee ball, only for Stenson to miss the birdie putt, but it didn’t matter.

Europe leads, 5 up thru 11

Match 3 – Hole No. 8: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

This is embarrassing for Mickelson and DeChambeau. Garcia and Noren are playing really well, but the Americans are just playing so poorly too. They just look totally out of whack. Anyway, another bogey from them allows Noren to roll in a 5-footer for par to extend the lead further.

Europe leads, 6 up thru 8

Match 1 – Hole No. 10: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Johnson misses a makeable par putt and Europe takes yet another hole.

Europe leads, 4 up thru 10

Match 3 – Hole No. 7: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

The Americans again struggle as Mickelson misses another fairway. Meanwhile, Sergio hits it in the short grass and Noren knocks that approach to 15 feet. Mickelson makes a miraculous recovery from on top of a mound 60 yards away to 5 feet but it doesn’t matter. That’s because Garcia drains the birdie putt to further this commanding lead. This is a total waxing.

Europe leads, 5 up thru 7

Match 2 – Hole No. 9: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

Watson’s short par save on this par-5 slides by right and the Europeans win with a par. Europe now leads at least 2 up in every match.

Europe leads, 2 up thru 9

Match 4 – Hole No. 6: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Fleetwood drains another lengthy birdie putt, this one from 12 feet. That comes after Justin Thomas leaves a 15-footer for birdie short. That means consecutive holes won, and the Euros are really taking command of this match.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 6

Match 1 – Hole No. 9: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Rose tries a big flop from thick rough short of the green on this par-5, but he leaves it short. However, after Fowler misses a 15-footer for birdie, Rose converts a 10-footer for par to halve the hole. HUGE.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 9

Match 3 – Hole No. 6: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

This one is getting out of hand. Garcia chips up to tap-in range for birdie at this drivable par 4. The Americans then fail to match when DeChambeau misses a 10-footer for birdie on the left.

Europe leads, 4 up thru 6

Match 4 – Hole No. 5: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Fleetwood had a 15-footer for par and continued his strong putting day by draining it. Thomas let a 10-footer for par slide by on the right, which means Europe wins the hole.

Europe leads, 2 up thru 5

Match 2 – Hole No. 8: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

Americans can’t get up and down after a poor Simpson tee ball at the par-3 eighth. McIlroy sinks a short par putt to win the hole. It’s all blue on the board right now in foursomes.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 8

Match 2 – Hole No. 7: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

The Americans run into some trouble at this par-4 seventh, and Simpson can’t save par from 25 feet. The U.S. now trails in three and leads no matches this afternoon.

All square thru 7

Match 3 – Hole No. 5: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Another tough leave for the Americans, as the approach on this par 4 is put in a greenside bunker short-sided. It leads to bogey, and the Europeans (20 feet away for birdie) are conceded the hole.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 5

Match 1 – Hole No. 8: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Rickie hits his tee ball to 6 feet, but DJ can’t make the birdie putt, lipping it out. Stenson saves par to halve the hole.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 8

Match 4 – Hole No. 4: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Spieth is left with a slippery 5-footer for par to halve the hole and he drills it. That’s a nice rebound from last hole’s debacle, but the Americans trail nonetheless.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 4

Match 1 – Hole No. 7: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Fowler can barely get it out of the thick stuff and the Americans end up with bogey. Stenson makes a 5-footer for par to keep building Europe’s lead in this match.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 7

Match 3 – Hole No. 4: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

DeChambeau had a 15-footer for birdie to win the hole and cut this deficit in half, but his putt is just a touch high and right. Still 2 down.

Europe leads, 2 up thru 4

Match 2 – Hole No. 6: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

Watson and Poulter hit poor second shots, Watson a pitch and Poulter a putt. However, after Simpson misses his birdie try at the short par-4, McIlroy converts.

U.S. leads, 1 up thru 6

Match 4 – Hole No. 3: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Yikes. The Europeans two-putt for birdie, and a halve seemed likely as Thomas had a 3-footer for birdie. But Thomas pushed it, the ball hit the right lip and scurried on. Surprisingly, the Europeans win this hole.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 3

Match 1 – Hole No. 6: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Rose hits his second shot to 8 feet and Stenson drains the birdie putt to extend their lead.

Europe leads, 2 up thru 6

Match 3 – Hole No. 3: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Lefty hits his tee shot at this par 5 into the water … with an iron. That is pathetic, no other way to say it. That puts this duo behind on this hole, and DeChambeau actually almost drains a 25-footer for par, but it lips out. Noren then buries an 18-footer for birdie to seal the Euro win on this hole.

Europe leads, 2 up thru 3

Match 4 – Hole No. 2: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Thomas drains a 10-footer for par, and that is huge. Fleetwood had a 4-footer for par remaining that he cleans up. This hole is halved.

All square thru 2

Match 1 – Hole No. 5: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Fowler misses a 25-footer for par and the Europeans take the first lead in this match.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 5

Match 4 – Hole No. 1: Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA)

Spieth nearly drained a 50-footer for birdie, but his long effort just trickled right of the cup. That left Molinari with a great 12-foot look to win the hole, but the putt was always low and right. So, halved in pars.

All square thru 1

Match 2 – Hole No. 3: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

Wow! Simpson had some 35 feet for birdie and he gets this to drop. What a putt! That wins the U.S. the hole and they’re now 2 up.

U.S. leads, 2 up thru 3

Match 3 – Hole No. 2: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Bryson DeChambeau/Phil Mickelson (USA)

A poor tee shot out to the right from DeChambeau at this par 3. That leaves Mickelson with an impossible short game shot and he leaves it short in the fringe. Noren missed the green off the tee, but Garcia chipped easily to about 4 feet. DeChambeau’s par chip goes about 4 feet by. Noren cleans up for par and the Euros win the hole.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 2

Match 3 – Hole No. 1: Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Bryson DeChambeau/Phil Mickelson (USA)

It’s a simple two-putt par for the Americans after Mickelson gets a break off the tee as his ball veered left but came up short of a hazard. Garcia had a 25-footer for birdie on-line, but it hit the right side of the cup and violently lipped out. Halved in pars.

All Square thru 1

Match 1 – Hole No. 3: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Stenson missing a golden opportunity, as he had a 6-footer for birdie to win the hole but he pulled it and it went over the left edge. This one is halved in pars instead.

All Square thru 3

Match 2 – Hole No. 2: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

Simpson with a great tee shot to about 25 feet here. McIlroy’s was way worse, as this finishes in the right greenside bunker. Luckily for him, he has Poulter … who almost holes the bunker shot. Instead, it’s a tap-in par. Watson lags U.S. birdie putt close and this one is halved in pars.

U.S. leads, 1 up thru 2

Match 2 – Hole No. 1: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA)

An awful start for the Euros, as Poulter pulls his opening tee shot in the water. McIlroy then puts the third shot approach just right of the green. Watson, meanwhile, finds the fairway and Simpson knocks the approach to 25 feet. Watson almost drains the birdie putt, but this hits the lips and goes 2 feet by. Poulter chips the Euros’ par effort 3 feet by, and with Watson in tight for par, the hole is conceded.

U.S. leads, 1 up thru 1

Match 1 – Hole No. 2: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Fowler and Stenson both dump their tee shots into the right greenside bunker. Rose then blasts out to 8 feet. Johnson, with a tougher shot off a downhill lie, has this one run about 20 feet past. Fowler can’t get the putt to drop. Stenson’s par putt to win the hole is very tentative and comes up short and right. The hole is halved in bogeys.

All Square thru 2

Match 1 – Hole No. 1: Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA)

OK, we’re onto the alternate shot format. Fowler hits a nice approach in here about 20 feet below the cup while Stenson puts his out to the right of the green. Rose chips about 5 feet past. Johnson’s try at birdie from 20 feet just comes up short and the Americans par. Stenson rolls in the Euros’ par putt to halve the opening hole.

All Square thru 1

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