The American side dominated the first day of the Ryder Cup, taking a 6-2 lead into the weekend.
Team USA Take Historic Lead Into Ryder Cup Weekend
After claiming a 3-1 win in the foursomes this morning, team USA would replicate it, dominating the first day proceedings and taking the largest American lead into the weekend since the Ryder Cup switched to include Europe in 1979.
Early indications showed that the fourballs would be a lot closer than the foursomes, with all four pairs staying relatively close throughout the front nine.
With four consecutive holes halved, the Europeans did birdie the 16th to move to dormie two, but the American pair would close out the match with a par at 17th enough for a 2&1 win.
The victory meant that Johnson and Schauffele remained undefeated at Whistling Straits, after both secured comfortable victories in the morning foursomes.
An eagle three for McIlroy at the 5th had put the pair in front, but the Americans controlled the remainder of the contest, claiming five of the next 10 holes to move Team USA in to a 5-1 lead.
With defeat, it’s the first time that McIlroy has lost two Ryder Cup matches on the same day, with Harrington being left a tough decision for tomorrow’s play.
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The match included some incredible moments, with the standout being a 417-yard drive from DeChambeau on the par-5 5th.
But it was Hatton who held his nerve, with two stunning shots on the 18th leading to a clutch birdie and Europe’s first points in the afternoon fourballs.
Despite four good drives down the last, none of them could capitalise, with pars sharing the spoils and leaving USA 6-2 ahead going in to the weekend.