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Europe sweeps foursomes for first time to start Ryder Cup

GUIDONIA MONTESELLO, Italy — If there’s a silver lining following Friday’s opener for the United States in the 44th Ryder Cup at Marco Simeone Golf Club, it’s that most of the country’s Golf fans may have fallen asleep during Team USA’s crushing defeat by Team Europe.

Team Europe swept all four foursomes (alternating shot) matches on Friday morning to win 4-0 for the first time in Ryder Cup history. This European team is completely dominant as they try to take back the trophy after losing 19-9 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2021.

This is only the fourth time a European team has gone unbeaten in a single match. This is the first time since 2006 that a European team has taken the lead after the first quarter. It won the Ryder Cup at the K Club in Strathvan, Ireland, 18.5 – 9.5 games.

“We got off to a good start this morning,” Ireland’s Sean Lowry said. “We need to keep our heads down. Look, we’re really happy with how we started today and obviously there’s a lot of golf to be done here. We talked about getting off to a fast start and we’ve done that.”

Team USA had hoped to end the 30-year absurdity of the Ryder Cup being played outside the United States, but with 24 games remaining, they still have a lot of work to do. The Americans need 14 points to defend their title; the Europeans need 14 ½ to win it back.

Spain’s Jon Rahm and England’s Tyrrell Hatton secured victory for Team Europe with a 4-3 victory over world number one golfers Scotty Scheffler and Sam Burns. First point.

Rahm and Hatton seized control of Top Match on the third hole and never took it back. Rahm made a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 third hole to take a one-stroke lead. He made another 4-foot birdie putt on the par-4 fifth hole. Then on the par-3 seventh hole, Rahm’s tee shot hit the pin and his ball came to rest 2 feet from the hole.

The American pair had a chance to get one back on the 10th hole, but Rahm chipped in from just off the green for par, halving the hole. The European made a birdie on the 11th and an eagle on the 12th, and that was the end of the game.

Scheffler and Burns are good friends and are 0-3-1 when playing together in international competition. They went 0-2-1 in the 2022 Presidents Cup in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Open champions Brian Harman and Max Homa compete against a team consisting of Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg The Scandinavian team also struggled in the match, falling 4-3 in the second game.

Hovland, the defending FedEx Cup champion from Norway, set the tone on the first hole. After Aberg’s second shot about 35 feet to the right of the pin, Hovland chipped in from the green and made a 9-foot birdie to win the hole. On the next hole, Hovland made a 9-foot birdie putt to take a two-shot lead.

Harman and Homa won the next two holes to tie the score, but the Europeans were not going to give up without a fight. Hovland’s chip shot on No. 3 bounced off the pin; Aberg’s chip on No. 4 slipped out of the hole. To Americans, it’s a game. Ryder Cup rookie and former Texas Tech star Aberg holed a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 6 and a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to lead by three strokes.

“Obviously, they played really well,” Homa said. “We didn’t have a lot of chances, and unfortunately when we did get them, we didn’t take advantage of them. I mean, they played really well.”

In the third game, American Ryder Cup veteran Ricky Fowler missed an 8-foot putt that would have won the hole. That’s how Fowler and two-time major champion Collin Morikawa played the rest of the round, losing 2-1 to Lowry and Austria’s Sepp Straka.

The European pair led by two shots after four holes and then won three consecutive holes, Nos. 7 to 9, to move into fourth. Fowler and Morikawa fought back to win a few holes late, but it wasn’t enough.

Even the usually reliable duo of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele lost 2-1 to Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on Friday. ) and England’s Tommy Fleetwood didn’t help either. The American pair was one shot behind at the turn and two shots behind after 11 holes. On the 14th hole, Schauffele made a 12-foot birdie putt for the American team to get within 1 point. On the next hole, Schauffele missed a 4-footer for par. The European team won the hole and took a 2-point lead in the match.

Four four-goal (best-ball) matches continue on Friday. Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas will face Hovland and Hatton at 6:25 a.m. ET; Scheffler and Brooks Koepka will face U.S. 6:40 a.m. ET to face Rahm and Nicolas Hoggard; Homa and U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark to face Robert McIntyre and Justin Rose at 6:55 a.m. ET; Morikawa and Sheo Filler will face McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick at 7:10 a.m. ET.

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