Team USA Dominate, Whilst Garcia Breaks Ryder Cup Record

Team USA Dominate, Whilst Garcia Breaks Ryder Cup Record

Ryder Cup Day 2 Foursomes
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USA claimed yet another 3-1 session as a tightly fought morning foursomes ended with the Americans firmly on top.

Team USA Dominate, Whilst Garcia Breaks Ryder Cup Record

The Spanish duo of Jon Rahm (opens in new tab) and Sergio Garcia made it two wins from two in the morning foursomes, with Garcia breaking the record for most matches won at the Ryder Cup.

Despite being 3-down through three holes against Brooks Koepka (opens in new tab) and Daniel Berger (opens in new tab), the duo rallied, getting the scores back to 1-down before a scintillating chip-in from Garcia at the 9th put it back to level.

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Back-to-back wins at the 12th and 13th put the Europeans 2-up, with a contentious moment at the 15th being the big talking point of the match.

Playing his second shot on the 15th, the Americans felt that they should get relief from a drain. However, after two rule officials looked at the situation, it was deemed there was no possibility of relief. This led Koepka to say "If I break my wrist, it's on f------ both of you," (opens in new tab) to the two rules officials present.

With a close finish lined up, the Spaniards recovered, winning the 16th and 17th to claim a 3&1 victory, with Garcia (opens in new tab) breaking the most Ryder Cup matches won record.

In the second match, Collin Morikawa (opens in new tab) and Dustin Johnson (opens in new tab) secured their second foursomes point with a tense match between Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton (opens in new tab) ending in a 2&1 victory.

Ryder Cup Day 2 Foursomes

Morikawa and Casey walk across the eighth green. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Similar to the first match, the Americans took the first three holes, with further victories leading to them being 4-up at the turn.

Europe would fight back though, claiming the 11th and 13th before a hole-out eagle from Casey (opens in new tab) at the 14th put them within one.

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As the momentum swung it seemed Europe were back in it, but a scrappy bogey at the 15th put them back to 2-down, and thanks to two halves, Johnson and Morikawa would secure another point for USA.

With two games out on the course, we saw our first foursomes match go down the 18th, with Jordan Spieth (opens in new tab) and Justin Thomas (opens in new tab) staging a comeback to defeat the rookie pairing of Viktor Hovland (opens in new tab) and Bernd Wiesberger. (opens in new tab)

Speith and Thomas had been 3-down through six, but a run of birdies and eagles saw the Americans get to 2-up with two to play.

Ryder Cup Day 2 Foursomes

Thomas and Spieth move to 4 wins and 2 losses as a pair. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Despite losing the 17th, Wiesberger would find the creek at the 18th, leading to a 2-up victory for Team USA.

In the final match, Xander Schauffele (opens in new tab) and Patrick Cantlay (opens in new tab) also made it two wins from two in the foursomes.

A tightly fought front nine gave way to an American dominated back, with three wins on the bounce moving them 3-up.

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Lee Westwood (opens in new tab), who is without a Ryder Cup win since 2014, and Matt Fitzpatrick (opens in new tab), who is yet to claim a Ryder Cup point, did stage a slight comeback, but the American pair were too strong, eventually securing a 2&1 win.

After yet another 3-1 win for Team USA, they sit 9-3 ahead with Padraig Harrington's men have it all to do this afternoon.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x