Capital of France: Paris is known as the “City of Light” but USA was facing dark times as Europe edged to a 8-4 lead on the second morning of the Ryder Cup.
The home side won three of the four fourball matches to tighten its grip and give Jim Furyk’s defending champion some serious issues with one session of team play to come before Sunday’s final singles matches.
Europe was touted as the underdog ahead of the biennial clash, but it followed Friday afternoon’s historic whitewash with another dominant session in front of a vocal but good-natured home crowd at Le Golf National.
— Rob Jerram (@RJerram) September 28, 2018
Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood AKA “Moliwood” won their third win during a row in this match by their second successive beating of Tiger Woods and patrick Reed 4&3.
Reed, whose Captain America moniker is currently trying progressively absurd, dared to give the French crowd the “shush” throughout this latest humiliating. fat chance of that.
To imagine, Europe were 3-0 down once the first three fourballs on Fri morning. From that low point, they created a sequence which can never be repeated within the intense Ryder Cup arena.
Sergio Garcia’s 25-footer down the 17th green was most likely the highlight because it ensured that he and Rory McIllroy halted the resistance of Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau within the high match to prevail 2&1.
English pair Casey and Hatton were never behind and won with 2 holes to spare against world No.1 Johnson and Fowler.
“It’s wonderful, i am almost lost for words,” rookie Hatton told Sky Sports. “It’s such a special moment to win a point for the team. it had been a Casey specific train on the front 9.
— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) September 29, 2018
I was simply trying to assist where I may.
The US-based Casey played the last of his 3 Ryder Cups 10 years past, but recommitted himself to the european Tour to be eligible for this event.
I desperately needed to be back on this team because i know how smart it’s, said Casey, who was given a wildcard by captain Thomas Bjorn. “All these guys are wonderful. Once you are a Ryder cupper, you are always a Ryder cupper.”
Europe contains a 5-3 advantage going into the second day of the Ryder Cup, a lead that feels even larger with the momentum from its 1st sweep of a session since 1989.
U.S. captain Jim Furyk isn’t ready to panic.
After the Europeans won all the foursomes matches to overcome a 3-1 deficit, Furyk was looking at the large picture. He points out there are twenty matches still to be played at le Golf National.
Furyk is causing out the same fourballs pairings Sat that he used in the opening session.
Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed get a replay against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, the eu pair who won both matches on Fri. Furyk is expected to shake up his foursomes pairings in the afternoon.