Ryder Cup: US extends lead over Europe to 9-3 at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin
Europe’s hopes of retaining the Ryder Cup took another blow as they lost Saturday’s quartets 3-1 to drag the United States by a 9-3 record after three sessions in Wisconsin.
Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were the only winners in Europe again, battling three-on-five after five holes to beat Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger 3 & 1.
The victory brings Garcia’s individual point record to 27Â½ and means he has won 24 games, more than any other player.
But it was another session in which Europe was as poor on the Whistling Straits greens as the Americans were dominant, and every home player contributed to their score.
Justin Thomas, who teamed up with good friend Jordan Spieth to earn a point in the foursomes, celebrated by gulping down a can of beer and spraying the rest on the first tee much to the delight of the already exuberant American fans waiting the fourballs session to start.
It was a third straight session won 3-1 by the Americans, with four four-ball games remaining on Saturday. Twelve singles matches follow on Sunday, with the United States expected to reach 14 Â½ points to claim the trophy.
Europe needed a quick start to close the record four-point deficit opened by its hosts on day one.
However, Koepka and Berger won the first three holes of the top match and Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa followed suit in the second match against Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton.
Rahm and Garcia started the response in the sixth, while rookies Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger won three of the first six holes to beat Thomas and Spieth.
And when Matt Fitzpatrick drilled a five-footer to win the long fifth in the bottom game, the momentum was certainly shifting towards the visitors another cold morning by Lake Michigan.
Garcia stepped in from the front of the ninth green to tie his game, then birdie putt to win the 12th.
Casey and Hatton then started to work their way from four on the turn, winning the 11th and 13th holes, and when Casey sensationalally made his second shot on the 14th par fours at 107 yards, it looked like this game could do. switch Europe way.
But elsewhere, the momentum was with the Americans. Hovland missed putts on the ninth and 10th holes to allow Spieth and Thomas to equalize.
Meanwhile, Xander Scheatele and Patrick Cantlay were making long birdie putts in the seventh and ninth and took control of their game against Fitzpatrick and Westwood when the England pair bugged the 10th and 11th holes.
In the best game, Garcia whipped up a six-foot fairway wood in the 16th par-five to prepare Rahm for an eagle that effectively ended their game.
But this point only masked Europe’s problems. Hatton had a terrible 15th hole, coming terribly short with his approach to the green, then missed a five-foot putt by the half as he and Casey ultimately succumbed 2 & 1.
He summed up his fight and that of Europe.
Wiesberger and Hovland missed putts by the 14th and 15th holes as Spieth and Thomas went from one to one to one and although the game went last, another European error – Wiesberger hit in a stream – a given the point.
And in the final match, Westwood and Fitzpatrick couldn’t stop the assault, losing 2 & 1 on the 17th.