Ryder Cup live blog: Europe takes 10-6 lead going into Sunday

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 29: Rory McIlroy of Europe plays a shot during the morning fourball matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on September 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) Getty Images

Ryder Cup live blog: Europe takes 10-6 lead going into Sunday

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Ryder Cup live blog: Europe takes 10-6 lead going into Sunday

The U.S. and Europeans halved the afternoon foursomes session, which means the Euros lead 10-6 going into Sunday singles.

We tracked the matches, hole by hole, as they unfolded Saturday at Le Golf National.

Catch up below:

Match 4 – Hole No. 15: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (EUR)

Poulter makes a 15-footer for birdie here, but Spieth follows by burying a 10-footer to halve the hole and win the match. He chest pounds, too, a clear reference to Poulter. It’s 10-6 going into Sunday after this American win.

U.S. wins, 4 and 3

Match 2 – Hole No. 16: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

Simpson’s putter closes this out. Noren stuffs his tee shot to 2 feet at this par 3. That conceded birdie seemed it would continue the match, but Simpson then drained a 20-footer for birdie to halve the hole and win the match. He made so many putts this afternoon. Bravo.

U.S. wins, 3 and 2

Match 3 – Hole No. 14: Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR)

And this one is over. Molinari rolls in a 7-footer for birdie, and that wins the hole and the match. Molinari and Fleetwood become the first European duo to go 4-0 as a team in a single Ryder Cup. Unreal. Woods is 0-3 at this Ryder Cup.

Europe wins, 5 and 4

Match 1 – Hole No. 17: Brooks Koepka/Dustin Johnson (USA) vs. Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR)

Stenson makes a 12-footer for par and after Koepka misses his par try from 10 feet, the Euros earn a point.

Europe wins, 2 and 1

Match 2 – Hole No. 15: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

Watson goes way long and finds the back part of the green at this par 4, and Simpson’s lag putt ends up 10 feet short. Watson misses the par save and Garcia and Noren stay alive.

U.S. leads, 3 up thru 15

Match 4 – Hole No. 13: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (EUR)

Spieth drains a 15-footer for birdie, and that wins the hole. This one is almost over it seems. Amazing considering Spieth and Thomas lost the first two holes of this match.

U.S. leads, 4 up thru 13

Match 2 – Hole No. 14: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

Booming drive by Watson and a beautiful second shot by Simpson earn them a conceded eagle at the par-5 14th.

U.S. leads, 4 up thru 14

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

Koepka stiffs it at the difficult par-4 15th and Johnson drains the 4-footer for birdie after Rose misses a 7-footer.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 15

Match 3 – Hole No. 12: Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR)

These two ALWAYS seem to answer. DeChambeau misses the green, and Tiger narrowly misses the cup on the ensuing chip. But it’s a par. Meanwhile, Fleetwood drains a 10-footer for birdie to push the lead back to 4 up.

Europe leads, 4 up thru 12

Match 4 – Hole No. 11: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (EUR)

Justin Thomas has been the American star of this Ryder Cup. Spieth knocks the tee shot on this par 3 20 feet left of the cup and Thomas drains the birdie putt to win the hole. He gives a fiery reaction, too. After a missed opportunity at the ninth and an escape for a halve at the 10th, the Americans indeed have moved 3 up.

U.S. leads, 3 up thru 11

Match 3 – Hole No. 11: Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR)

OK, a little bit of intrigue in this match. DeChambeau fires one 8 feet past the flag and Woods walks in the birdie putt to win the hole, as the Euros can only manage a par on the par 3. That’s now consecutive holes won, and you never know. But they’re really going to need to play well to come back on this star European duo.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 11

Match 3 – Hole No. 10: Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR)

DeChambeau hits a beauty of an approach that finishes 15 feet under the hole. That sets up Woods well, and he drains the birdie look. That’s the duo’s first birdie today and it wins them the hole after Fleetwood misses his 12-footer for birdie to the left. A nice hole, but the Americans have A LOT of work to do.

Europe leads, 4 up thru 10

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

Koepka with a good approach from the thick rough to about 12 feet, but Johnson pushes the birdie roll badly. Rose has an 8-footer for birdie and he drains it.

Europe leads, 2 up thru 13

Match 4 – Hole No. 9: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (EUR)

The Europeans escape from falling further behind. U.S. was just off the green in two while Europe was in the front bunker in three. Poulter had a 5-footer for par and drained it. Thomas had just a 3-footer for birdie to win the hole, but he pushed it. A stunning halve in a match that has gone the Americans’ way after losing the first two holes of the match.

U.S. leads, 2 up thru 9

Match 2 – Hole No. 10: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

With the Americans facing a bogey putt at the par-4 10th, the Europeans earn a conceded par and the hole win.

U.S. leads, 3 up thru 10

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

Poor chip from Stenson at the par-4 12th and Rose misses an 8-footer for par. U.S. wins with par.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 12

Match 3 – Hole No. 9: Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR)

This is becoming a total beatdown. Both teams had putts inside 10 feet for birdie. But Woods misses his 7-footer for birdie on the left while Fleetwood drains his 6-footer to win the hole. This is a thrashing.

Europe leads, 5 up thru 9

Match 4 – Hole No. 8: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (EUR)

Both teams hit their tee shots on this par 3 over the green. Poulter chips about 5 feet short of the cup but McIlroy’s par effort hits the left edge and scurries on. Spieth chips to 3 feet and Thomas cleans up for par to win the hole.

U.S. leads, 2 up thru 8

Match 3 – Hole No. 8: Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR)

As we said, Tiger’s return to Ryder Cup play is becoming a disaster. He misses the green on this par 3 and DeChambeau pitches nicely to 5 feet, but Woods misses the par putt. Fleetwood calmly holes a 3-footer for par to win the hole and extend the lead.

Europe leads, 4 up thru 8

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

Americans have some trouble on the green and Rose sinks a par save from 6 feet to win the hole.

Europe leads, 2 up thru 10

Match 2 – Hole No. 8: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

After a nice shot by Watson to about 8 feet at the par-3 eighth, Simpson drains the putt. Garcia played a nice chip into the slope, but it didn’t matter.

U.S. leads, 4 up thru 8

Match 2 – Hole No. 7: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

Euros are conceded a double bogey at the par-4 seventh, so the Americans take another hole, this time with par.

U.S. leads, 3 up thru 7

Match 4 – Hole No. 6: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (EUR)

That’s not something you see often. McIlroy left Poulter just 77 yards for the approach on this par 4, but Poulter hits a mediocre shot 30 feet left of the cup. McIlroy runs the putt 5 feet by. With the Americans in for par after a pretty chip to tap-in range, Poulter pulls the par putt. An awful bogey, and the Euros are now losing after a 2-up-through-2 start.

U.S. leads, 1 up thru 6

Match 3 – Hole No. 6: Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR)

Tiger’s Ryder Cup return is quickly heading toward full-blown disaster. He drives into the rough here, only allowing DeChambeau to hit the approach over the green. A poor flop from Woods leaves the Americans a 20-footer for par, which DeChambeau can’t make. Fleetwood lags to tap-in range for par in meantime, giving the Euros another hole won.

Europe leads, 3 up thru 6

Match 4 – Hole No. 5: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (EUR)

This could be a really good match. Spieth drains a 25-footer for birdie and when Poulter fails to chip in for his own, that means the Americans win the hole. After the Euros win the first two holes, we’re not even here.

All square thru 5

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

Johnson misses the green off the tee and later Koepka can’t convert a bogey putt from 8 feet. Europe wins this one with par.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 8

Match 2 – Hole No. 6: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

Simpson with a nice approach at the par-4 sixth and Watson sends home the 8-foot birdie putt to win the hole.

U.S. leads, 2 up thru 6

Match 4 – Hole No. 4: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (EUR)

The Americans catch a break here. McIlroy loses his drive way right, so far right that it goes out of bounds. Thomas follows by hitting his drive in the left rough, necessitating a lay up on this par 4. Not ideal, but the Euros continue to help, as McIlroy misses the green with their fourth shot. They can’t get up and down either, which means triple bogey. They concede the hole.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 4

Match 2 – Hole No. 5: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

After an 8-foot par miss by Watson, Noren rolls in a quick 5-footer to get a hole back.

U.S. leads, 1 up thru 5

Match 3 – Hole No. 3: Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR)

Molinari gives the U.S. an opening when he loses his tee shot in the water right. And yet, DeChambeau follows by flailing one in the hazard. The U.S. continues to struggle from there and DeChambeau makes a 10-footer just for bogey. It doesn’t matter, as Fleetwood rolls in an 8-footer for par to win the hole.

Europe leads, 2 up thru 3

Match 2 – Hole No. 4: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

Simpson hits a nice approach into the par-4 fourth green and the Americans are conceded birdie after Garcia misses in the bunker and then can’t hole a 10-footer for par.

U.S. leads, 2 up thru 4

Match 4 – Hole No. 2: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (EUR)

A three-putt bogey from 40 feet for the American duo as Thomas fails on a 4-foot comebacker. A simple par for the European duo means they win this hole, too.

Europe leads, 2 up thru 2

Match 4 – Hole No. 1: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (EUR)

An interesting opening hole. Spieth hits one in the fairway and Thomas oddly misses this approach in the bunker right, leaving the U.S. short-sided. The Euros hit the green and two-putt for par from 35 feet. Spieth blasts out 12 feet past and Thomas misses left on the par putt, losing the hole.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 1

Match 1 – Hole No. 4: Brooks Koepka/Dustin Johnson (USA) vs. Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (EUR)

DJ sends the approach right into the trees and Koepka has to hit lefty out of the woods. His ball hits a tree and the Americans end up conceding birdie.

All square thru 4

Match 3 – Hole No. 1: Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) vs. Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (EUR)

This golden Euro pairing continues to shine. Woods fires one right at the flag but 20 feet past. Fleetwood then puts his approach 7 feet right of the flag. DeChambeau nearly drains the Americans’ birdie putt, but the ball hits the left lip and rims out. Molinari, predictably, pours in the Euros’ birdie putt to win the hole.

Europe leads, 1 up thru 1

Match 2 – Hole No. 2: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

Um, well, this hole was pretty awful. Both Watson and Noren rinse tee balls at this par-3. And then Simpson does again. Garcia barely finds land, but after Simpson drains a long putt for triple bogey, Noren stubs a chip and Garcia misses the double-bogey putt. Everyday halve, eh?

U.S. leads, 1 up thru 2

Match 2 – Hole No. 1: Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (EUR)

A beauty of a hole from the U.S. A drive right into the fairway for Simpson, a great approach from Watson 12 feet past the cup and Simpson drains the birdie putt. Garcia and Noren keep up, but Garcia can’t hole their 10-footer for birdie. That means the Americans win the opening hole.

U.S. leads, 1 up thru 1

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

The Europeans put themselves in trouble when Rose had to play their third shot with an awkward, tight stance on the edge of the water. He hit a brilliant 30-yard pitch from there to 6 feet. But Stenson’s putt went over the left edge. That opening bogey allows the Americans to win the opening hole.

U.S. leads, 1 up thru 1

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