Europe cruises to 17.5-10.5 victory at Ryder Cup

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Europe cruises to 17.5-10.5 victory at Ryder Cup

2018 Ryder Cup

Europe cruises to 17.5-10.5 victory at Ryder Cup

And the drought for the U.S. in Europe continues.

The Europeans closed out the 2018 Ryder Cup in Sunday singles as they were never truly challenged on the final day. They entered the day with a four-point lead, and there was a moment during the day where an American comeback seemed feasible. But the home squad quickly dashed that.

Francesco Molinari earned the clinching point, beating Phil Mickelson 4 and 2, and became the first European to go 5-0 in a single Ryder Cup.

The final score would end up being 17 1/2 to 10 1/2, with Alex Noren draining a long birdie putt at the 18th to win the final match 1 up. The Europeans lost the opening session, 3-1, but dominated three of the final four and tied 2-2 in the other (Saturday afternoon foursomes).

The U.S. has still not won a road Ryder Cup since 1993. Europe has now captured nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups.

We tracked each match, hole by hole, from this session. You can view that all here:

Match 12 – Hole No. 18: Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

What a fitting end. With DeChambeau 3 feet from the cup for birdie, Noren drains a 40-footer for birdie to halve the hole and win the match, 1 up. That puts a cherry on a dominant 17 1/2 to 10 1/2 win for Europe.

Noren wins, 1 up

Match 10 – Hole No. 16: Tyrrell Hatton (EUR) vs. Patrick Reed (USA)

A tough week for Reed, but he did find his form Sunday. It’s a win for him and he give the crowd a mock shush and clap (it was good-natured, mocking himself and appreciating the crowd) to top it off. Pretty much the only good thing we saw from the U.S. all week besides JT’s strong play. It’s now 16.5-10.5. Just one match left.

Reed wins, 3 and 2

Match 11 – Hole No. 12: Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson (USA)

Stenson closes out Bubba of course. There are two matches left on the course and it is now 16.5-9.5, Europe.

Stenson wins, 5 and 4

Match 8 – Hole No. 16: Sergio Garcia (EUR) vs. Rickie Fowler (USA)

Garcia closes out her with pars and a halved hole. The Europeans already won, so this just further cements it. A great week for Garcia, a controversial captain’s pick, as he goes 3-1 and he becomes the all-time leader in Ryder Cup points, passing Nick Faldo for the mark.

Garcia wins, 2 and 1

Match 9 – Hole No. 16: Francesco Molinari (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson (USA)

Molinari is conceded his birdie on this par 3 after a poor Mickelson tee shot, and that does it! It’s a 4-and-2 triumph and that puts Europe at 14.5 for the win! Very fitting as the man who goes 5-0 is the one who seals it. Congrats, Francesco! Score is officially 14.5-9.5 at the moment. All that’s left is to find out the official final score.

Molinari wins, 4 and 2

Match 8 – Hole No. 16: Sergio Garcia (EUR) vs. Rickie Fowler (USA)

Rickie goes in the water off this par-3 tee. That eventually leads to a conceded win after Garcia cozies his birdie putt to tap-in range. Europe is dormie in three remaining matches and already has 13.5 points, so they’ve essentially clinched. It’ll be official soon.

Garcia leads, 2 up thru 16

Match 6 – Hole No. 18: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

Poulter is just nails in the Ryder Cup. He fires his approach 7 feet from the flag on this par 4 after Johnson can only hit it to 30 feet. Johnson needs to make that putt to have any chance to win the hole and halve the match. It rolls over the left edge and Poulter is conceded the birdie and the match. It’s now 13.5-9.5, Europe.

Poulter wins, 2 up

Match 8 – Hole No. 15: Sergio Garcia (EUR) vs. Rickie Fowler (USA)

An odd hole. Fowler drives into the water on this par 4. But Garcia flails his second shot in the water. A big mistake and he ends up needing to make a 20-footer for bogey to halve. He doesn’t and this match could turn (not that it matters).

Garcia leads, 1 up thru 15

Match 9 – Hole No. 14: Francesco Molinari (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson (USA)

A nice brief charge from Lefty, but Molinari appears to be headed to 5-0 this week as he wins Nos. 12 and 14. That means he’s 3 up and should win. Barring the miracle of all miracle, the U.S. will lose this Ryder Cup.

Molinari leads, 3 up thru 14

Match 11 – Hole No. 12: Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson (USA)

Watson makes a mess of this hole and Stenson two-putts from 50 feet for par to win this hole and take a humongous lead. This one is all but over.

Stenson leads, 5 up thru 12

Match 6 – Hole No. 17: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

Poulter knocks his approach in here to 8 feet while Johnson drive into rough, goes over the green and leaves himself 2 feet for par. Huge opportunity that you’d expect Poulter to make, but it lips out on the right. Halve and we’re onto 18.

Poulter leads, 1 up thru 17

Match 6 – Hole No. 16: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

What a weird match. Johnson drained some ridiculous putts and then fell apart to go from leading to 2 down. And now he comes back and buries a 40-footer down a humongous slope for birdie. Poulter misses his 20-footer to halve. This match is now in question again. U.S. needs this and like three other matches, though, to turn to win. A European triumph is 98 percent coming at this moment.

Poulter leads, 1 up thru 16

Match 4 – Hole No. 17: Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)

Rahm comes right back from his gaffe at 16 and stuffs his par 4 approach here. Woods missed the fairway, does well to come up just short of the green and chips to a few feet. But Rahm drains his 4-footer for birdie to win the hole and the match. It’s now 12.5-9.5, Europe. Tiger Woods goes 0-4 at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Rahm wins, 2 and 1

Match 7 – Hole No. 14: Thorbjorn Olesen (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth (USA)

This was a total beatdown. Olesen buries a 15-footer for birdie and Spieth can’t get his 12-footer to drop and halve. So he loses the match. It’s now 11.5-9.5, Europe. Spieth is now 0-6 in singles in the Ryder and Presidents cups.

Olesen wins, 5 and 4

Match 10 – Hole No. 11: Tyrrell Hatton (EUR) vs. Patrick Reed (USA)

Reed buries this 20-foot birdie putt as he finally seems to find his form this Sunday. That wins the hole and he takes a commanding lead.

Reed leads, 3 up thru 11

Match 4 – Hole No. 16: Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)

Wow. Rahm hits it to 40 feet on this par 3 and comes up 4 feet short. Woods had a 20-footer to win the hole but missed. Rahm lips out the par putt on the right and he loses the hole. This one is suddenly in question.

Rahm leads, 1 up thru 16

Match 6 – Hole No. 14: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

This could be a huge moment. Poulter drains a 12-footer for birdie at the 14th and that wins the hole! This puts the Europeans up in six of eight remaining matches. The U.S. needs to turn three of those into two wins and a halve to have any chance. Not looking good.

Poulter leads, 1 up thru 14

Match 9 – Hole No. 11: Francesco Molinari (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson (USA)

Lefty! He walks in a long birdie putt here to eventually win the hole and cut into the deficit. If Mickelson can somehow come back and win this match that would be a huge shift.

Molinari leads, 1 up thru 11

Match 4 – Hole No. 15: Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)

Woods lost the 14th when he missed a 5-footer for par. Inexcusable considering that’s a par 5. They both par this hole, which means Rahm retains a comfortable advantage.

Rahm leads, 2 up thru 15

Match 5 – Hole No. 14: Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tony Finau (USA)

Finau just unbelievable stuff. He takes this hole to absolutely demolish Fleetwood, who was 4-0 coming into this match. Fleetwood missed some really short putts, but Finau also played really well. It’s now 10.5-9.5, Europe. But the home team does lead in five of the remaining matches.

Finau wins, 6 and 4

Match 3 – Hole No. 16: Justin Rose (EUR) vs. Webb Simpson (USA)

Rose drains a 15-footer for birdie, but Simpson decided to just pour in his 10-footer to halve on top of him. What a performance from Webb over these last two sessions! It’s now 10.5-8.5, Europe. The home team is still in control leading five remaining matches, but it’s slipping a little…

Simpson wins, 3 and 2

Match 2 – Hole No. 18: Paul Casey (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka (USA)

Both find the fairway, and Casey hits a nice second to 20 feet. A poor approach from Koepka, who goes into the left bunker. But he blasts out to 4 feet. Casey misses his birdie effort, and Koepka makes to halve the hole and the match, It’s now 10.5-7.5, Europe.

Halved

Match 3 – Hole No. 15: Justin Rose (EUR) vs. Webb Simpson (USA)

Rose goes in the water on his approach to this par 4, and that about does it on that hole as Simpson is on the green and is eventually conceded a birdie and the win.

Simpson leads, 3 up thru 15

Match 10 – Hole No. 7: Tyrrell Hatton (EUR) vs. Patrick Reed (USA)

Reed drains a 20-footer for birdie and that ends up being good enough to win the hole. He’s really found his game today after struggling the previous two.

Reed leads, 2 up thru 9

Match 2 – Hole No. 17: Paul Casey (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka (USA)

Casey is a fighter, got to love it. He fires one 7 feet beyond the flag at this par 4 and drains the birdie putt. That is huge. U.S. won the opening match, would be big for Europe if they can get halve or better out of this one.

All square thru 17

Match 4 – Hole No. 13: Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)

Tiger falters right as he’s charging. He drives into the rough on this par 4, is forced to lay up and can’t hole a 20-footer for par. Rahm lags his 20-foot birdie putt to inches to win the hole.

Rahm leads, 1 up thru 13

Match 1 – Hole No. 18: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

McIlroy puts 3-wood in the right fairway bunker and then can’t get his ball out of the bunker. He has 158 yards to clear and opts for 7-iron instead of 6-iron to make sure he gets it over the bunker lip. He hits the lip anyways and the ball ends up wet. Thomas finds the fairway off the tee and after McIlroy finds the water, Thomas hits it to 6 feet. He’s conceded birdie and the win.

Thomas wins, 1 up

Match 6 – Hole No. 11: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

Oh, man! Johnson drains what had to be a 70-footer for birdie as his putter is on fire. What a putt! Poulter nearly drains his 15-footer to halve, but it lips out on the right. DJ takes the lead.

Johnson leads, 1 up thru 11

Match 1 – Hole No. 17: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

We’re going to 18 all square after McIlroy converts a near-impossible up-and-down par.

All square thru 17

Match 12 – Hole No. 5: Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

DeChambeau knocks in a 6-footer for birdie to win the hole and extend the lead.

DeChambeau leads, 2 up thru 5

Match 10 – Hole No. 7: Tyrrell Hatton (EUR) vs. Patrick Reed (USA)

Hatton misses a 20-footer for par and Reed wins the hole to take back the lead.

Reed leads, 1 up thru 7

Match 6 – Hole No. 10: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

DJ plays this par 4 beautifully as he wedges to 4 feet. Poulter misses a 6-footer for par, and the win is conceded.

All square thru 10

Match 4 – Hole No. 12: Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)

Here comes Tiger. He buries a 12-footer for birdie to win this one and we are all tied up in this one. And he’s showing some fire, folks!

All square thru 12

Match 7 – Hole No. 9: Thorbjorn Olesen (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth (USA)

Spieth has made just one birdie all day and Olesen continues to take advantage. He drains a 20-footer for birdie at the par-5 ninth to move to 5 up at the turn.

Olesen leads, 5 up thru 9

Match 10 – Hole No. 6: Tyrrell Hatton (EUR) vs. Patrick Reed (USA)

Hatton fires right back, as he has a 20-footer for birdie to win this hole and he knocks it right in. A great last couple of holes in this match.

All square thru 6

Match 11 – Hole No. 5: Henrik Stenson (EUR) vs. Bubba Watson (USA)

Stenson continues to put the hammer down by draining a 10-footer for birdie. It’s his third straight birdie.

Stenson leads, 3 up thru 5

Match 9 – Hole No. 6: Francesco Molinari (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson (USA)

Already 3 down, Mickelson gets a hole back by sinking a 40-footer for birdie at the par-4 sixth.

Molinari leads, 1 up thru 6

Match 7 – Hole No. 8: Thorbjorn Olesen (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth (USA)

Big fist pump from Thunder Bear as he drains a 12-footer for birdie at the par-3 eighth.

Olesen leads, 4 up thru 8

Match 10 – Hole No. 5: Tyrrell Hatton (EUR) vs. Patrick Reed (USA)

Reed finally shows some life this week, as he buries a 30-footer for birdie to win the fifth and take the lead in this match. He shows some emotion here, too, as he should.

Reed leads, 1 up thru 5

Match 2 – Hole No. 13: Paul Casey (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka (USA)

Casey finally flinches. He knocks his tee shot right into the water here and ends up lipping out a 20-footer for par on this par 4. That leaves Koepka two putts from 18 feet to win the hole and he drains the putt for birdie anyway.

Koepka leads, 1 thru 13

Match 12 – Hole No. 3: Alex Noren (EUR) vs. Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

In the anchor match, DeChambeau drains a 5-footer for birdie to win the hole and take the lead.

DeChambeau leads, 1 up thru 3

Match 5 – Hole No. 9: Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tony Finau (USA)

Finau makes a 12-footer for birdie at the par-5 ninth hole and wins his fifth straight hole.

Finau leads, 5 up thru 10

Match 1 – Hole No. 14: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

Thomas isn’t close on his eagle try but McIlroy gives him a 4-footer for birdie. McIlroy then lips out an 8-footer for birdie to lose the hole.

All square thru 14

Match 2 – Hole No. 12: Paul Casey (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka (USA)

This is becoming a really good match, Koepka has a 15-footer for birdie to win this hole and just drains it with some speed on it, too. No fear. Wonderful stuff.

All square thru 12

Match 4 – Hole No. 9: Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)

Woods with a huge hole here. An incredible second shot on this par 5 with a fairway wood finishes 15 feet beyond the flag. He would have the eagle putt to win the hole and he buries it! Gives off a spirited fist pump, his first real display of emotion in this Ryder Cup. He knows that was big.

Rahm leads, 1 up thru 9

Match 5 – Hole No. 8: Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tony Finau (USA)

Maybe Finau should’ve gotten more play this week. He birdies the par-3 eighth to go 4 up on the 4-0 Fleetwood.

Finau leads, 4 up thru 8

Match 6 – Hole No. 7: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

DJ misses a 5-footer for par to halve the hole and that’s a significant loss right there after he had fought hard to square the match.

Poulter leads, 1 up thru 7

Match 1 – Hole No. 13: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

Thomas runs his birdie putt about 5 feet by and after McIlroy misses an 8-footer for birdie, Thomas lips out the par save. McIlroy retakes the lead.

McIlroy leads, 1 up thru 13

Match 7 – Hole No. 6: Thorbjorn Olesen (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth (USA)

The wheels are falling off for Spieth, who bogeys his third straight hole, at the par-4 sixth, and Olesen takes advantage each time. Here, he makes a 3-footer to calmly go 3 up.

Olesen leads, 3 up thru 6

Match 6 – Hole No. 6: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

Kind of a surprise, as Poulter has a 4-footer for par to halve the hole and it slides by on the left. That’s back-to-back losses. Just 15 minutes ago, Poulter looked better than 50/50 to go 3 up. Now he’s not leading at all.

All square thru 6

Match 7 – Hole No. 5: Thorbjorn Olesen (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth (USA)

Olesen is denied a birdie chip by the flagstick, but his par wins him the hole anyways.

Olesen leads, 2 up thru 5

Match 5 – Hole No. 7: Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tony Finau (USA)

Finau nearly holes his approach and is conceded birdie to win another hole.

Finau leads, 3 up thru 7

Match 1 – Hole No. 12: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

Wow! After leaving a flop from the rough short of the green at the par-4 12th, Thomas chips in for par! McIlroy halves the hole after making his 3-footer. This is the match to watch, folks!

All square thru 12

Match 2 – Hole No. 10: Paul Casey (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka (USA)

Casey continues to show no give. He buries a 12-footer for birdie to win back-to-back holes and turn this from an American to a European flag.

Casey leads, 1 up thru 10

Match 4 – Hole No. 7: Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)

Woods missed a couple of good chances to square this match at Nos. 4 and 5 and now it shows how costly that was. He hits in the rough off the seventh and is forced to lay up on this par 4. He hits to 20 feet and misses the par putt. Rahm then lags his 18-foot birdie putt to within a foot and is conceded par to win the hole.

Rahm leads, 2 up thru 7

Match 6 – Hole No. 5: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

DJ with some life! He buries a 40-footer for birdie with Poulter having just 12 feet for his. What a putt, and Poulter almost responds, but his putt catches the left half of the cup and lips out. From likely 3 down to 1 down for DJ.

Poulter leads, 1 up thru 5

Match 2 – Hole No. 9: Paul Casey (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka (USA)

Casey has a 10-footer for birdie on this par 5 to win the hole and he drains it dead center. He’s been nails this week.

All square thru 9

Match 5 – Hole No. 6: Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tony Finau (USA)

Fleetwood misses from short range again and Finau takes a 2-up lead, winning the last two holes with pars.

Finau leads, 2 up thru 6

Match 3 – Hole No. 8: Justin Rose (EUR) vs. Webb Simpson (USA)

Rose putts his birdie roll off the green, but it doesn’t matter as Simpson drains a bomb from 30 feet!

Simpson leads, 3 up thru 8

Match 1 – Hole No. 11: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

Good shots into the par-3 11th, but Thomas misses from 10 feet and McIlroy misses from 8 feet. Halve.

All square thru 11

Match 8 – Hole No. 3: Sergio Garcia (EUR) vs. Rickie Fowler (USA)

Garcia can’t make birdie on this par 5, but Fowler does. He comes up in the front bunker with his second and blasts beautifully to within inches for a conceded birdie and a win.

Garcia leads, 1 up thru 3

Match 1 – Hole No. 10: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

This match is getting really good. Thomas has 12 feet for birdie and sneaks it in there, walking it in in the process.

All square thru 10

Match 3 – Hole No. 7: Justin Rose (EUR) vs. Webb Simpson (USA)

Rose drives it in the rough and has to pitch out. After a lengthy par putt slides by left, Rose concedes birdie to Simpson.

Simpson leads, 2 up thru 7

Match 6 – Hole No. 4: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

Poulter and Johnson both had good birdie looks around 10-12 feet. Johnson’s putt slides by on the left while Poulter simply drains his no problem. That wins the hole on the par 4 and he’s extending the lead.

Poulter leads, 2 up thru 4

Match 5 – Hole No. 5: Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tony Finau (USA)

An up-and-down match continues as Fleetwood lips out a 4-footer for par at the par-4 fifth.

Finau leads, 1 up thru 5

Match 7 – Hole No. 3: Thorbjorn Olesen (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth (USA)

Spieth squares the match back up with a short birdie make at the par-5 third.

All square thru 3

Match 9 – Hole No. 1: Francesco Molinari (EUR) vs. Phil Mickelson (USA)

A disastrous Ryder Cup continues for Mickelson, who lips out a 10-footer for par at the par-4 opening hole.

Molinari leads, 1 up thru 1

Match 8 – Hole No. 2: Sergio Garcia (EUR) vs. Rickie Fowler (USA)

Fowler whiffs on a 4-footer for par at this one, as the ball is hit too hard and misses on the left. That was to halve the hole and this is a disastrous start.

Garcia leads, 2 up thru 2

Match 5 – Hole No. 4: Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tony Finau (USA)

Fleetwood was 2 down after two holes, but has won two straight holes, including the par-4 fourth with birdie. He also birdie the par-5 third.

All square thru 4

Match 8 – Hole No. 1: Sergio Garcia (EUR) vs. Rickie Fowler (USA)

Garcia fires one in 10 feet right of the flag and wiggles in the putt on the left side of the cup to take the opening hole.

Garcia leads, 1 up thru 1

Match 1 – Hole No. 8: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

“C’mon!” Thomas holes a 20-footer for birdie at the par-3 eighth and lets out a big roar.

McIlroy leads, 1 up thru 8

Match 7 – Hole No. 2: Thorbjorn Olesen (EUR) vs. Jordan Spieth (USA)

Olesen has 15 feet left for his birdie and with Spieth in for par, he sinks it for birdie to take the lead.

Olesen leads, 1 up thru 2

Match 3 – Hole No. 5: Justin Rose (EUR) vs. Webb Simpson (USA)

Rose gets one back as Simpson misses a 10-footer for par left.

Simpson leads, 1 up thru 5

Match 6 – Hole No. 2: Ian Poulter (EUR) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)

Johnson with a poor shot short and left at this par 3, and this one doesn’t come close to clearing the water. Poulter astutely follows by going right of the pin and just over the green. Johnson’s shot from drop zone finishes 20 feet right of the cup and Poulter chips 4 feet past. Johnson needed to make that bogey putt for any chance at halve, but it slides right. He concedes Poulter’s par.

Poulter leads, 1 up thru 2

Match 4 – Hole No. 3: Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)

Rahm finds the green in two at this par 5 while Woods comes up short and left. Woods pitches his third 10 feet short of the cup while Rahm runs his eagle putt just 2 feet by. Woods basically has to hole that putt to halve the hole with birdie and does. Rahm taps his in after to confirm the halve.

Rahm leads, 1 up thru 3

Match 2 – Hole No. 5: Paul Casey (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka (USA)

Koepka fires an approach in 7 feet right of the flag and drains the left-to-right putt for birdie to win the hole. He made an 8-footer for birdie at the third to essentially halve that hole. This duo has already combined for four birdies.

Koepka leads, 1 up thru 5

Match 5 – Hole No. 2: Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tony Finau (USA)

Looks like Fleetwood is missing Molinari. He misses a 6-footer for par at the par-3 second and drops another hole.

Finau leads, 2 up thru 2

Match 3 – Hole No. 3: Justin Rose (EUR) vs. Webb Simpson (USA)

Rose plays three consecutive shots at this par 5, including a chunked chip into the bunker with his third. He saves par from 8 feet, but Simpson makes birdie from 4 feet.

Simpson leads, 2 up thru 3

Match 1 – Hole No. 5: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

Big halve for McIlroy here as he makes a difficult left-to-right-breaking putt from 10 feet.

McIlroy leads, 2 up thru 5

Match 5 – Hole No. 1: Tommy Fleetwood (EUR) vs. Tony Finau (USA)

Fleetwood finds bunker with his approach and then has his bunker shot roll past the hole, off the green and into the water. Finau wins with a conceded birdie.

Finau leads, 1 up thru 1

Match 1 – Hole No. 4: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

McIlroy is heating up. He makes a 10-footer for par to win the par-4 fourth and win his third straight hole.

McIlroy leads, 2 up thru 4

Match 3 – Hole No. 2: Justin Rose (EUR) vs. Webb Simpson (USA)

Simpson makes a 6-footer for par while Rose misses his 3-footer for par and drops the hole.

Simpson leads, 1 up thru 2

Match 4 – Hole No. 1: Jon Rahm (EUR) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)

Woods hits a pretty mediocre approach from the fairway as this one flies 40 feet past the flag. Rahm takes advantage by stuffing one in 4 feet short of the cup. Woods lags nicely to tap-in range, but Rahm rolls in the short birdie putt to win the hole.

Rahm leads, 1 up thru 1

Match 1 – Hole No. 3: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

McIlroy makes a 15-footer for birdie on this par 5 while Thomas can’t get up and down from the sand, missing a 7-footer for his birdie.

McIlroy leads, 1 up thru 3

Match 2 – Hole No. 2: Paul Casey (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka (USA)

What a response! Casey drains a 40-footer for birdie to get the European crowds going. Koepka has a 30-footer to halve the hole but it falls off to the right. Casey comes right back after his disaster at the first.

All square thru 2

Match 2 – Hole No. 1: Paul Casey (EUR) vs. Brooks Koepka (USA)

Both find the fairway, but Koepka hits a solid approach 20 feet right of the pin while Casey flails one into the right bunker. His ball half-buries and goes into a downhill lie. From there, he had nothing and going at the hole risked the ball running out and trundling all the way to the water on the other side, which is exactly what happened. That put Casey in with bogey at best and Koepka two-putted for par, so the U.S. takes this one.

Koepka leads, 1 up thru 1

Match 1 – Hole No. 2: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

Thomas finds the bunker at the par-3 second and can’t save par from 7 feet.

All square thru 2

Match 1 – Hole No. 1: Rory McIlroy (EUR) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)

Both players find the fairway, but McIlroy hits his approach much closer, landing his ball about 8 feet away. Thomas makes a 25-footer for birdie, though, forcing McIlroy to make. He doesn’t and Thomas wins the hole. This match is going to be good.

Thomas leads, 1 up thru 1

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