Team USA Take Monstrous Lead Into Ryder Cup Final Day

Team USA Take Monstrous Lead Into Ryder Cup Final Day

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Team Europe will go into the final day six points adrift of Team USA, as they tied the afternoon fourballs.

Team USA Take Monstrous Lead Into Ryder Cup Final Day

Despite a much better fourball session from Team Europe, they will trail 11-5 going in to tomorrow's singles.

Starting the afternoon, Europe needed a 4-0 session and, thanks to Shane Lowry, it started well, with six birdies and a crucial par at the last securing a 1-up victory alongside Tyrrell Hatton.

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Facing off against Harris English and Tony Finau, the Europeans managed to get to 2-up through 11 holes. The American's did fire back though with a birdie at the 13th, as the match remained on a knife edge heading into its conclusion.

Birdies halved the 14th and 16th with the match being only the fourth of the week to go down the 18th.

Having to lay-up with his second, Lowry struck a crisp iron shot to 10-foot of the hole and, with English in for par, it remained up to the Irishman to sink the winning putt.

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With one smooth motion, the 34-year-old holed it, turning and celebrating like he had so often done throughout the fourballs session.

Their result was soon followed by the Spaniards of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, who remained undefeated as a pair, claiming three points from a possible three.

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Garcia and Rahm remain undefeated at the Ryder Cup. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Rahm was in destructive form, especially on the back nine, as he holed some crucial putts to defeat Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth 2&1.

The celebrations weren't to last long though, as Team USA's Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa continued their undefeated streak.

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Morikawa and Johnson have dominated in the pairs. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Claiming a 4&3 win over the struggling pair of Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, the American duo also secured three wins from three at Whistling Straits, with both men looking in stunning form going into the singles tomorrow.

It was to be USA who claimed the last point in the afternoon, with the impressive duo of Bryson DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler landing a 3&1 victory over Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland.

Sitting 1-down through 13, the big-hitting pair reeled off four holes on the spin, eventually securing the win on the par-3 17th.

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As a result of the 2-2 tied session, Team USA will only need 3.5 points in tomorrow's singles to reclaim the Ryder Cup that they lost in 2018.

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