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Patrick Cantlay sparks 3-1 U.S. four-ball win at Ryder Cup

MONTESELLO, GIDONIA, Italy – Patrick Cantlay recorded his third consecutive birdie on the 18th hole at Marco Simone Golf Club on Saturday. Finally, he pretended to take off his hat and salute the audience. The remaining American players turned and waved their hats to the European fans.

Two days after the conclusion of the 44th Ryder Cup, the United States trailed 10.5 – 5.5 and needed the biggest comeback in history to defend the trophy. But finally, after a largely forgettable weekend, the U.S. team had some momentum thanks to controversial reports from Cantlay and the British media.

The world number five Cantlay made a 43-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to beat Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and England’s Matt Few by one stroke in the final Patrick. Cantlay and U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark were one shot behind with three holes to play. Cantlay matched McIlroy’s birdie with a 10.5-foot putt on No. 16 and tied the match with a 10-footer on the par-3 17th.

On Saturday morning, the U.S. lost three games of foursome (rotating shooting) play, trailing by seven points, and British media reported the U.S. team was torn apart. It accuses Cantlay of being responsible for players not being paid to play in Ryder Cup matches. He allegedly did not wear a team-issued hat in protest.

Once the report broke on social media, many European fans waved their hats in greeting to Cantlay on almost every hole.

“I’ve never had so many standing ovations on the tee and on the green,” Cantlay said. “I thought it was awesome. You know, when we went to the first tee today, I told Windham we were going to use all the energy there as fuel, and we did.”

Cantlay denied the report and said the Ryder Cup is not about getting paid. Cantlay said he was not wearing a hat because it did not fit. For the same reason, he didn’t wear a jersey during Team USA’s 19-9 win over Whistling Straits in 2021.

“This is just about Team USA and representing our country,” Cantlay said.

The Americans won three of four four-goal (best-goal) games in Saturday afternoon’s match. Europe’s five-point advantage was its second-largest lead two days later. Europe needs four points to win the Ryder Cup. Team USA must win 8.5 of 12 singles points to defend the championship trophy.

Trailing by the same score, the U.S. scored 8 of 12 points in the singles match, nearly achieving the biggest comeback in Ryder Cup history when the U.S. defeated 14.5 at Valderrama Golf Club in Spain in 1997. – Defeated by a score of 13.5. It is four points in Ryder Cup history.

“I really believe that everyone on this team trusts each other,” American Max Homa said. “It’s a huge hole, don’t get me wrong. But I’m sure every one of these guys is going to make their point on the board. And, yeah, I don’t think a second has gone by that’s not the case. .So hopefully we can go out there tomorrow and be as crazy as we can be.”

Team USA’s first points of the game came from Sam Burns and Collin Morikawa, who defeated Norway’s Viktor Hovland and Sweden’s Ludwig Aberg 4-3 in top-level play. . The Scandinavian pair beat world number one golfer Scottie Scheffler and five-time major champion by 9 and 7 shots in the morning session Brooks Koepka, the most lopsided game in Ryder Cup history.

Burns and Morikawa proved to be stronger opponents. Burns won four of the first six holes before Morikawa scored three shots in four holes from 9 to 12 to give the Americans a six-shot lead. It was the first loss of the week for defending FedEx Cup champion Hovland, who has a record of 2-0-1.

Homa and Open champion Brian Harman also overtook England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Denmark’s Nicolai Hoggard early in the second race. Homa birdied Nos. 1, 4 and 6 to take a three-shot lead, then Harman birdied the par-5 ninth to extend the lead to four shots.

Houma hit one of his best shots of the week on the par-5 12th after the European duo closed the gap to three shots. He hit his approach shot from 246 yards to 2 feet and made the eagle putt. The Europeans won a few holes later, which made the match interesting, but Homa’s par putt on the par-3 17th resulted in a 2-1 win.

England’s Justin Rose and Scotland’s Robert McIntyre beat Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas 3-2 in a disappointing performance for a normally reliable pair. They are 0-2-1 this week when they play together.

Saturday morning’s practice was another unmitigated disaster for Team USA. Scheffler was in tears after he and Koepka took lightning strikes against Hovland and Aberg. Hovland and Aberg played last season at Texas Tech before turning pro in June.

The European pair led by five shots after seven holes before closing out the match on each of the next four holes. The American team didn’t win a single hole. The American team shot 40, 5 over par, on the front nine; the European team shot 31, 4 under par. The match lasted only 2 hours and 19 minutes and failed to reach the 12th hole.

It was the largest victory in any format of 18-hole competition at the Ryder Cup, which was first played in 1927. The previous biggest lopsided losses in 18 holes were 8 and 7, occurring twice in singles matches, most recently in 1997 by current U.S. team vice-captain Fred Couples over Ian Ian Woosnam.

The previous worst defeat in foursomes was 7-6, which happened three times, most recently in 2012 when Americans Keegan Bradley and Phil Mixon lost to the current European team Captains Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.

Harman and Homa defeated Ireland’s Sean Lowry and Austria’s Sepp Straka 4-2 to earn the team’s first perfect score.

“We needed something to meet our needs,” Homa said. “I felt like we were ready this morning. We were ready to go out and play some great golf. And we did. Someone had to provide the spark, so I’m glad it was us. We were obviously in a big hole, but we had The right people are here to help us out.”

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