Highlights from the opening day's play at the 41st Ryder Cup, held at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, USA.
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There is nothing quite like this in world sport. The opening morning of
the 31st Ryder Cup in Minnesota. This is golf with the volume and
emotion levels cranked up to maximum level. The Europeans have dominated
this contest winning eight of the past ten matches in the last three
in a row. Incredibly, the United States of America have uncorked
champagne only once this century and tens of thousands of their fans are
desperate to quench an eight year purse. This biennial contest is
always worth the wait. -- eight-year first.
It takes some nerves just to walk out of a first three and Darren
Clarke of Northern Ireland has done that as a player and as European
captain. His great friend skippers the US, Davis love, having been on
the losing end of that European miracle at Medinah four years ago.
Both teams are determined to play the match in a spirit that would
honour the memory of golfing legend, Palmer, who passed away at the
Beacon. Six different nationalities, five major winners including
top-ranked Rory McIlroy and six rookies. No European team has won
away from home with so many rookies in the side. The 12 strong US team
starts as favourites. 11 time Ryder Cup winner Phil Mickelson 15 major
winners in their line-up. Only he and JB Holmes have ever been on a
winning US team before. There was plenty of excitement on a misty
morning in Minneapolis. Peter Alliss watching it all unfold. Thank you,
Hazel. He is Justin Rose about the lodge
the first shot of this year's Ryder Cup matches. You can just about pick
out the fairway with visibility of 400 yards, maybe 350. You can see
they're how gloomy it is. And he has found it. Nice opening tee shot from
Justin Rose. For the United States, Patrick Reed oblivious to the chill
of the wind. He strikes one away, and that's good.
So four foursomes or alternate short managers getting is underway just
after 7:30am. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed renewing the successful
partnership from Gleneagles. So, too, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson,
both combinations unbeaten to get the last time. Phil Mickelson teams
up with Rickie Fowler to face Rory McIlroy, who takes, the rookie Andy
Sullivan under his wing. The all major winning partnership or Jimmy
Walker and Zach Johnson faced Ryder Cup heroes Sergio Garcia of Spain
and Martin Kaymer Germany, whilst the power and precision combo of
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar take aim at the experienced Lee Westwood
and first timer, Thomas Pieters of Belgium. In the top match, Jordan
Spieth, the double major winner warming up his putter at the 2nd
door, that is a birdie and a one up lead on Stenson and Rose. His
partner Patrick Reed was an instant Ryder Cup hero as top US point
scorer last time. He put them two up at the next. That is back-to-back
birdies for America. Meanwhile, in the second match Rory McIlroy drew
first blood with Andy Sullivan for Europe winning the fourth in part
after a miss by Mickelson on the green. And a nervous start forth in
time bettering Lee Westwood missing this one at the 2nd consecutive
bogeys with Thomas Pieters, so unsettling start for Europe at the
bottom of the order. So the US two up in the top and bottom matches,
and in commentary with a total of 23 Ryder Cup appearances between them,
Mark James, Ken Brown, Peter Alliss and Hunter Mahan. Rather fortuitous,
I feel. Jordan Spieth with a second shot to
the seventh. That is a beautiful shot. Not easy
to get to that back pain and he has played a delightful one there,
Spieth. A couple under for the opening six holes and two up. Rickie
Fowler, fifth shot on the sixth. I don't think they're favourites at
this hole. Certainly not now. Now Justin Rose putting, him and Stenson
in serious trouble. They have played six holes and they are two down,
they might go three down here, with a long putt for a birdie. And that
is a good-looking putt. Not in, though. Patrick Reed with the putt
to go three up. McIlroy, his third shot, and the opening one up,
looking like going to up with the Americans having all sorts of
problems coming up to this par-5. That could well be a concession. Not
sure quite yet. Patrick Reed with the putt the go three up, and he has
done it. Lovely start for Spieth and Patrick Reed. Three up against
Stenson and Justin Rose. Great stuff. Even Stevens at the moment,
but early days. Sullivan has pushed his tee shot, with a good little
pitch across the little inlet, under and around the branches, sliced
across, it fell short, and it could be in the hazard. It just clipped
the grass. The open champion. Dustin Johnson. Putt foray birdie at the
5th. And it finally hopped straight into the bottom of the cup. One of
these moments with things turning in favour of the United States. Phil
Mickelson with his second shot to the seventh. His tee shot just
around the corner of the fairway. Simple pitch up, the flag, to the
back of the green. APPLAUSE
Westwood, this is a massive putt, this, for a birdie. Has he had it?
Johnson and Matt Kuchar three up after five holes and the first two.
And a big iron to this ninth green, 475 yards. Jordan Spieth to play.
It is going right, he needs a bit of luck, and he doesn't get much. The
seventh green and Rickie Fowler's partnership with 3-putts from here
to win the hole. CHEERING
The Americans get one back. From one down. Spieth and Patrick Reed three
up, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar also three um, and Europe one up
with McIlroy and Sullivan just losing the seventh. So it is nip and
tuck at the moment, America slightly ahead. A twitchy looking par-3 8th.
Playing 189 yards. He is liking it, his liking, that is a cracking shot,
absolutely delightful. And the locals are loving it, and there are
plenty of them out here. The open champion, Stenson, slightly uphill,
this second shot to the ninth, his opponent is in the right-hand
bunker. He did what he needed to do, he
finds the putting surface. McIlroy's tee shot ending up in the bunker,
some of them coming out, fairly simple, if you can get it to stop,
but it didn't. It goes on, eight feet, ten feet past. Attach scrappy
from the Europeans. Here he is, Mr Tiger Woods, one of the assistant
captains, calling into Davis Love III, what is going on? Hopes to be
back playing in the next three weeks. That would be nice to see.
Now, McIlroy. Very important middle putt. Sloppy to lose a short-haul to
a three, sloppy. Here is how it looks. McIlroy and Sullivan just
losing the eighth. All square after a fast start. The United States up
in two and Europe up in one, and the other match, all square. One of
these putts that can sway a match. He has got his routine in this
situation. He put his partner in the sand. Didn't play a very good bunker
shot. Can he sync this long putt for a four? Not far away. Now, Garcia.
Him and Martin Kaymer, one up. Play the
beautiful second shot very close, and look at this one, even better.
That's the way to do it! The Americans are taking a bogey at this
ninth, so two putts from this European side to win the hole. They
win the hole with a par, and go two down. Zach Johnson, this, to halve
the hole. Garcia pitches it can absolutely stone dead. It sneaks in
the right edge, at pace. The seven hole, halved in three. Garcia and
Kaymer one up. Westwood trying to cut from the corner of the dogleg
and has gone to the right. Don't go over there. That is miles to the
right. It looks like he's in the water. That is poor. Two shot at the
short eighth, Garcia in 15 feet, and this looks good. Though, it is good.
Two lovely shots. The Europeans here at the 9th have
played three and thereabout four feet away. Fowler is chipping just
off the green, this is their third shot with the match all square. It
is running well, slowing up, running well, in. Would you believe it? The
crowd go ballistic. There's Abraham Lincoln. Well, well, well. Mickelson
and Fowler go one up. This to win the eighth hole for Zach Johnson.
What a lip out. That came out faster than it went in. All sorts of
trouble at the 7th for the Europeans with Westwood heading to the water.
This is their fifth shot, so this, for a bogey. The Americans in decent
shape. They don't want to go four down, that is for sure.
Patrick Reed, what they half, rattled into the back of the cup. It
was a half in four. It didn't look like it. Spieth and Reed stay two
up. This from Dustin Johnson to win the hole. This, to go five up. Not
looking good, is it? It turned right into the bottom of the cup and the
locals are going wild with the cheers flying round the course. Five
up after eight holes. A bit of a break for Stenson and
Rose, finishing between the bunkers. It is a par-5, this is their third.
This is their third. It was almost a gobbler.
Walker, this worry half at the 9th. Can you follow him on? Yes, he can.
What a great putt. The Europeans remain one up, though. Plenty of
chat between the two Americans. They know it is up a little then down a
little, this for their birdie at the par-5 11th. The Europeans in a
little closer. It makes it, it's in. Great Park -- great putt from
Spieth. Crucial putt for Stenson. Sometimes
he tries to be a little firm if it is make or break. You beauty. Half
in four the remain two down. -- they remain.
Very awkward shot left for Martin Kaymer. You can see the pin down in
the valley, next to the water. Got to pick it fine draw it. Nice
strike. Nice strike. One of the shots of the day. Beautifully
controlled. So difficult to get the contact just right. Thomas Pieters
at the long par-4 9th, this for par, five down, not too much pressure on
them at the moment. Well done. APPLAUSE
You know what it is like to be a captain, Mark. There is a lot going
on. He's looking calm, but his brain is spinning. Kuchar foray half,
Pieters in from 12 feet for a par, to stay five up at the turn. They
have got one back. A little light at the end of the tunnel for Westwood
and Pieters. If you can turn one of these matches round it is huge in
the momentum of the match. Sullivan for par at 11. The Americans can't
do better than bogey, and he has made it. Great stuff from Andy
Sullivan. The match, all square. Come on, Sergio, let's see one of
your magic ones that just tumbles into the front of the cup. Is it
that quick? Oh! Garcia and Kaymer remain one up, but
an opportunity. The Europeans are not made their par. This is for
Reed's rep R. You wouldn't have guessed about that. They have halve
the hole in bogeys. A good break for the Europeans, but Spieth and Reed
remain two up. There is a situation, the Americans two up and four up,
with a tenuous lead for Garcia and Kaymer. McIlroy and Sullivan all
square, with Mickelson and Fowler, so all to play for. Garcia at 11. A
lot of trouble looking up there. That is right of right. Good grief.
We almost ran out of red paint, then! That was on the rainbow,
wasn't it? It would be too bad there, but he has short sighted
himself for the pin. It's back right. The pin nine yards on in the
centre of the green, but still, 240 yards, this par-3. It is a massive
hit with almost certainly his longest iron, Justin Rose.
That was just pure Alun Pugh. Absolutely on the button. -- purer
than pure. Sullivan pitching a yard short of this green and rolling back
to him. This is a little damp, this area. Not an easy chip. He's played
it pretty well. Use the slope to kill it. Pity well played from
McIlroy. Staring at the offending piece of turf. Tricky pitch for
Kaymer with Garcia's wayward second. He has short-sighted himself, the
pin on the right, not much room to play with and not the easiest live.
Very well played by Martin Kaymer. This is pressure. This is to halve
the hole, and to remain all square. Come on, Andy, well done, two in a
row. That really will boost his confidence. Great pitch from Kaymer.
At 11. This, to win the hole for birdie. It just slid across the face
of the hole. They hang on to the one hole lead.
Big D concentrating hard with his fingers crossed. 240 yards. What an
irony, released that down the breeze, and Andy Sullivan has
suddenly found a bit of confidence. From their angle it looks like he's
gone in the hole. Have you got one of those outfits, Ken? I only wear
them when I go down the pub! They flew out on my flight. I tell you
what, they do like a beer. In 43 on this par-3 13th, good tee shot from
Sullivan, and Michael were, this, to win the hole. Might be a bit of
noise if this goes in, even though we are in a foreign country. I say!
A bit partisan, old chap! Very good putt. The plot thickens. Zach
Johnson with the putt to win the hole and even the match. Beautiful
putt. It felt like Sergio and Martin Kaymer had control this match but
the US back all square. Sullivan, in the light rough, not a great deal of
rough, this is rather surprising. He and McIlroy, one up. He's suddenly,
live. He got rid of those early nerves, and playing nicely,
Sullivan. Zach Johnson with the hybrid at 13. Looking good, trying
to find it, trying to find it, beautiful shot. Lots of great shots
from this par-3 today. Putting the pressure on Europe. The US already
in with four, McIlroy his game right now. That is always going in. This
group is really on fire. Great golf, great golf from these two. McIlroy
is really warming up. It is nice to see. The atmosphere now is getting
really good. Walker to win the hole. That Is big
putt there. A lot of momentum for the US right now. One up on the last
two holes. Turning the tide. A lot of missed opportunities. A check on
the leaderboard: This is where McIlroy's shot from
the trees ended up. Sullivan, a little chip. Oh, it's away. He's had
a few chip shots and I'm afraid, none of them have been very good.
He's done it again - oh, he hasn't! Oh, it looked so, so good. That's a
five, a sloppy five. If that's conceded, the United States have a
four-footer or so to win the hole. Yes, well done. You should win holes
of this length of pars. That's what's happened. Back to one.
Right in the middle. Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar are playing really
great golf right now. Captain Clarke. Lee Westwood, this to halve
the hole. That's missed. So his morning of
misery continues. Five down. Looking a little long. Solid shot.
30 feet for birdie. Came in low, trying to get it to
come back. Solid shot. It needs to turn and it will. Yes!
The United States are putting quite beautifully. In the last hour,
they've holed a ton of putts, beautifully struck.
Rose needs something to happen. That's not it. Good try, but not
enough. It's in! US gets the first point of
the Ryder Cup. Huge crowds, huge roars. First blood to the United
States and it must be said, Europe, so far, have not holed many putts.
Play has been a little bit untidy. It's been tense and exciting. We're
three quarters of the way through the opening foursomes. So far, the
mood swings towards the United States.
Beautiful shot. Putting a lot of pressure on Europe right now.
Big crowds on this hole. Beautiful shot from Phil. Wow! US trying to
get a clean sweep this morning, if they can.
It's right in the middle. Beautiful putt by Matt Kuchar. Playing so
solid. Solid win for the US. The United States already safely in with
two points on the board. Two matches still out on the course, Garcia and
Kaymer two down to Walker and Johnson.
The American team play very solid. They got off to a good start. To
come back from two down early you have to make a few, that pretty much
sums it up. Looking real good... Oh, my word!
That was cruel. That was absolutely cruel. That putt had no choice but
to go in. This is brutal. Great try by Andy Sullivan.
Oh, he dubbed it. That's not his favourite shot. I must say Europe
are creeking and groaning on this opening morning. They're doing their
very best to help the United States into a healthy morning lead.
Pours it in the middle. The US ties it up with two to go. Big roars, a
lot of people here on the 16th hole. Trying to break. Stays just high.
Great putt. Good touch. Easy par for the US.
Sergio, can we have a touch of magic? No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
Pick it up, let's move on. Zblt United States overwhelming
Europe at the moment. The crowd likes it. Oh, wow! The US
has a lot of momentum on their side right now.
The crowd are playing a huge part in this morning. They've really come
alive. It was dull and misty this morning, chilly.
This has to be a good one. And it isn't. This is a very sad collapse.
Doing nothing for the confidence of the Europeans at this moment.
Lovely line. Solid shot. Put the pressure on Europe.
It looks a bit of a lost cause unless this goes in. He's holed
longer ones than this. A good effort but a lost cause. Pick
them up, move on. The United States two putts to win
the match. Needs a ripper. Not bad. A chance
for McIlroy maybe to hole one. What a morning.
Zach Johnson, a very sound putter. Two putts to win. Should be no
trouble. Particularly when you only take one! Another point for the
United States. It will take all Darren Clarke's charm and whimsy to
get his team ready for this afternoon's four balls.
Just short. That's a four for the US. They will have to wait and see
if they get the full point or the half point.
No. 4-0 to America. A tremendous start by them. The crowd have given
them a huge boost. At this moment, Europe's chins are on their chests.
Confirmation, 4-0 to the United States. At moments, it looked as if
it was going to be very different from that. But it must be said,
Europe's players were very untidy, at times. The United States holed
more putts and that's the result. What a turn around in your match
first of all. Well, you look at the birdies that those two made on the
toughest par three, that 13th hole, 250-yard par three, amazing birdie.
They came back birdied the next hole. Had a lot of momentum. But I
thought we showed a lot of heart to hang in there. We won the next three
holes and the match. The European guys weren't quite at the top of
their game this morning. The American guys played better. They
played very well. Hopefully this afternoon the roles will be reversed
and the Europeans will go out and make some putts and get some
momentum. What a start for the United States. The first time in 40
years a whitewash from the first session. How much can you take from
this morning? A lot. We can take a lot from this morning. It feels good
for people to play well. We came into this Ryder Cup with an
amazingly relaxed and focussed attitude. We've had Great Leadership
from Davis. Great Leadership from Stricker and Furyk and Tigerer. The
guys are extremely talented and they're sick of losing. Am I
surprised at 4-0, of course, I am. The thoughts of the vice captain and
a smiling Hunter Mahan is with me. The US has struggled with the
foursome, just one point from two sessions at Gleneagles. How have you
turned it round this time? All the groups that I saw were very
familiar. They're guys that have played a lot together, especially
the last couple of days, but even in president's cups and previous Ryder
Cups. Everyone is super familiar with one another, comfortable with
one another. They can just go out and play. I'm sure Davis Love can
build the momentum, but how will it spark changes in the thinking of
Darren Clarke. Not much he can do this afternoon. He needs to get the
new guys out there to play. After this afternoon, there could be a lot
of big changes for tomorrow. He has to look at the scoreboard, I mean
the US only needs 10-and-a-half points to win. They can smell it. He
may have a lot of changes to make. He needs to go with his best guys.
You seem very happy about it, so far, not surprising. A fantastic
start for America. One hour's turn around between the morning foursome
and afternoon four balls. This is how they line up. Deja vu about the
top match. Spieth and Reed will hope. So -- hope so. The American
duo unbeaten now in four matches together.
Brandt Snedeker was at Medinah. First taste of the drama for Brooks
Koepka. They take on Martin Kaymer and green jacket winner and
debutante Danny Willett. That red hot all Texan pairing of
Reed and Spieth hadn't cooled off by even one degree. Reed ramming this
home for birdie at the first. One up and Rosetta and Stenson immediate --
Rose and Stenson immediately under pressure again. A confident start
from Rafa. He set up birdie. Europe and Spain one up on Holmes and
Moore. Danny Willett's build up to the match has been chael enging, but
this was a settler. First hole halved in birdie. At the next,
Koepka's partner, Brandt Snedeker, who's yet to win even a half point
for his team, knocked this into birdie range and took it. US go one
up in this match. This morning everything was going in on the
greens for Jordan Spieth, but not that one. Missed for par. Rose and
Stenson all square now. To the bottom of the order, last match,
Europe one up, but the new US Open champion, Dustin Johnson, drains a
15 footer to go all square with McIlroy and Pieters. Talk about
muscling in on the action, Brooks Koepka reduced the long par five
630-yard third to two blows and two putts for birdie. Now two up on
Kaymer and Willett. So all square in two matches. Honours evenly spread
in the others. Europe desperately need to find some momentum in this
session. It's going high. Oh, beautiful shot.
Just like he planned. The US will have to make birdie just to tie this
hole. Liking it. Very solid shot. 12 feet
for birdie on the sixth. This for a half. Garcia-Cabrera
Bello go two up. This morning's drubbing by the
United States, this afternoon it's pretty even Stephens. Lovely
conditions for playing golf. Elegant looking, simple swing of
Thomas Pieters. If you pitch it by the flag, you
land on a down slope. Yes. At last, the Europeans have
holed very few putts today on this opening day's play here at the Ryder
Cup. There was a good one. He's rolling them nicely. He's done
it again. He really is a little fire ball.
Needs a little hop, skip and a roll. It does. Beautiful shot.
He doesn't want any extra work to do. That will do very nicely! A win
for Europe. That eases a little of the present pain.
There's a calmness that's come over Team Europe this afternoon. They've
got a bit of confidence. Great shot down the fairway, sounds like. Yeah,
beautiful. Perfect. Rafael Cabrera Bello off to a good
start this afternoon. Perfect distance. Beautiful shot.
Willett surveyed this putt from every angle. This to win the hole.
Another one lips out. The Europeans have not been putting well.
Beautiful shot out of the rough. Not much of an angle. Very aggressive,
right at the hole. Oh, what happened there? That was
not in the programme. I have no idea what happened there. Just a little
accident in the hitting area. They love it.
But his partner thinking, "What on earth are you doing to me? "
Simple little pitch, or is it? Yes, delightful.
Looks good. Oh, yes! One of Europe's rookies playing at this moment very
nicely. A lot of lip-out this afternoon.
Guys hitting the putt a little too hard. No Stenson here at the
seventh. This is the top match in the
afternoon four balls. Can he do it? He can. Europe one up.
Kuchar has putted and missed from more or less the same line.
He's done it. He knew it was in. He and his new partner go two up.
Justin Rose safely on the green. Gave his partner information on the
wind on this shot. I think he will be dialled in.
Solid strike. Very high ball hitter. Watching it. Beautiful shot and Oh!
Hello! Gorgeous. For a second it looked as if it was
going in for a one. But a cast iron two. Don't bodger to bring your
putter. -- bother. He's done that
beautifully. Well, both the players from the US
left the long putts right on the edge of the hole. They're now two
down. Pouring it in the middle. One of the
best putters on the Tour. He's showing why.
Very casually just nudged in. Now three up.
Situation looking much better for the Europeans after this morning's
debacle. As we keep saying, lots of holes to be played. At this moment
it's 3-1. Hit it crisply. Likes it, I fancy.
That's why. That is why! Beautifully struck.
Oh, yes, beautifully played too. A real chance for McIlroy and Pieters
to go four up. Daddy's home. Daddy's home
apparently. He's probably watching the golf. Great shot from Koepka.
He's taking to this like a duck to water.
This to win the hole and go four up. All the way. Well done, the rookies,
the new boys, doing very well. At this moment. Going nicely. Gaining
more confidence. Sergio Garcia with a tricky third shot at the 9th. This
can be awkward. That is nicely played, beautifully played! And the
Americans have had a bit of bad luck and missed a few putts. That was
beautiful, wasn't it? Played absolutely perfect.
Good, long iron into this ninth for Holmes, Leicester match Garcia's
chip in birdie. And they turn, four down. -- this to match.
Uphill at the 9th, Brooks Koepka. That long iron, high into the air.
The flight on that, majestic stroke from Koepka. Garcia put a few free
problems, trying to hoik this up in the air. Lovely shot from surgery.
-- from Sergio Garcia. Keeping the pressure on. Danny Willett at long
range from nine for a birdie. Koepka is unfairly close. He is giving that
a fair hit, dead straight, great putt from Danny Willett. Really,
from nowhere. Up a little slope here on the green
for Ryan Moore. Decent length putt, and Ryan Moore is the man who brings
the cheers back. In the 43. -- in for three after a magnificent iron
shot. Right to live, get the pace up, but it dived, so Europe get a
hole bag. Three up with nine holes to play.
Garcia, to halve the hole. The Americans finally getting a birdie
but Garcia follows them in for a birdie. Doesn't want to go to him
too much. A couple of great birdies in a row for Sergio Garcia. Darren
is discussing something, a much better afternoon for Europe. This
morning must have been rather difficult to watch. Brandt Snedeker,
this to win the hole, and he's done it, so they are back to four up, he
and Koepka against Willett and Kaymer. Next to play is Stenson.
-- what a shot. Massive tee shot from McIlroy around the corner of
the dogleg at the tent. And pitching on to the green. You can feel the
Europeans' confidence rising. Not quite stone dead, but what a shot.
Koepka at the 11th. Still learning his trade on the European Tour. In
the far east and through Europe, and learning it well. Nice shot, there.
Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy close, and this, for a birdie, and by Jove,
he's done it. APPLAUSE
McIlroy for a half. At the end of it all, he has half in three. Four up.
Sixth on this par-44-speed. His playing partner's got a 15-18 footer
for par, but Stenson has this for the win and may do it.
Europe have their four. This is to halve the hole.
Three up, Rose and Stenson. Only six to play. What does the leaderboard
pillars? Europe still up in three matches but considerably up in those
three matches. The United States up in one, well up, four up. Martin
Kaymer and Danny Willett can't do much about it. They are up against
it. Justin Rose at the 13th, a par-3. Him and Stenson are three up.
Nice bounce, nice kick, nice bounce, fortunes are favouring Europe a bit
this afternoon. Exactly the opposite of this morning. 215 yards, the pin
tucked to the left of the green, and water to the left of that. Nice
bounce for Rose. His playing partner can freely go at the pin now.
Henrik Stenson, what the shot. Remember all those wonderful shots
he played? Just had another one there. Koepka sailing along nicely
with Snedeker. Running sweetly. It just goes by three or four feet,
further than you think. This is a dangerous flag to flirt with, they
are three down, the Europeans in quite tight on this par-3, so not
much margin for error. He kind of liked it. He kind of likes it, what
a shot, 215 yards, and he almost cans it. What a bounce on that.
Martin Kaymer, and this, to halve the 11th. Koepka already in for his
birdie. The Americans are 7-under par for the opening 11, and five up,
impressive stuff. Snake get going and is five up, Martin Kaymer must
be wondering what is going on and must be suffering a bit from shell
shock at the moment. The other three European matches going well. Stenson
after that beautiful, beautiful tee shot at the 13th, this for a birdie,
this foray two. Yes, firm and straight, lovely putt.
DJ playing his third on the 11th from the right rough, needs to get
something going quickly here. Beautiful shot, right to the hole,
stopping in about five feet. The US, hoping to get one back here. Jordan
Spieth to halve the hole. Stenson on for a delightful two. I thought that
was almost a foregone conclusion, but no. Stenson and Rose when the
hole, to go four up. I think that the call of nature may have
interrupted the caddy, there. Taking the poster with him. -- the putter.
Patrick in the third bunker on the other side, really getting onto this
hole, not sure how his life is but he can be aggressive with this shot.
-- how his lie is. There it is, good shot, good shot. McIlroy with that
first putt running seven feet by. He is up to it. Good putting when you
do things like that. It annoys your opponents. Justin Rose, monster
drive, beautiful angle to this hole, a little bit downwind, trying to
come in, nice and high, slowing it down. Beautiful shot. Trying to
close the door on Team USA and get the point for Team Europe. Johnson,
to win the hole, and does. Gets one back. Back to three. Europe up in
three, still. Snedeker and Koepka well up on Kaymer and Danny Willett,
the closing holes coming up. The crowd have been taken completely out
of this Ryder Cup. Patrick needs this. Good try. Europe in full
control and needing a couple of putts to close this matchup. Europe
has absolutely manhandled the US this afternoon. He's doing great
with his putter. He has really put it on the US, Stenson. The crowd
have suddenly gone very quiet indeed. Just rolling this up to the
hole side. Don't do anything foolish. That looks pretty tidy.
Just you watch this. If you want to see poetry mood in motion, the
feathers turning into the ring, drifting around, and here comes
somebody after my dinner. I'll see them. Justin Rose, to win the match.
Rattled it right in the back of the hole. Thank you very much. Stenson
and Rose, back to form. Not brilliant this morning but this
afternoon, much better. Five and four victory. The first points of
the afternoon for Europe, a five and four victory for Rose and Stenson.
Let's hear from them. We played well in the morning, we just didn't make
the putts, and in the afternoon the continued, and we got on a good run.
From the sixth, almost three birdies in a row, putting you two up. Can
you describe the level he was playing at early on particularly? I
was scratching around for birdies, and Henrik was doing it in his
flashy fashion but when he gets going with the iron, is a joy to
watch. A couple of drastic shots and a couple of cute putts upon mine,
and that is where we began to get some momentum and we never looked
back. It was a good performance. Looking pretty strong today, we kept
hitting good shots. So far, we have not seen any balls playing from
bunkers run the green putting up very quickly. Will this one do, I
wonder? It is running beautifully. That is a delightful shot. Ryan
Moore with a birdie putt here. Good putt, he likes it, he likes it, he
likes it, boom! The US gives the crowd something to yell about. He
has a putt here, Garcia, some length, to halve the hole. Maybe
coming back to life. McIlroy with a tee shot at 13, the
others all on the green, and he looks to have gone left. He
couldn't, he wouldn't, he has. What a time to leave your partner. In a
bit of bother, but he can swim, clearly.
Seve would have been proud of that one. He is making his eighth
appearance to recall Seve's appearances in the Ryder Cup. Danny
Willett with his second at the 14th. Sadly, five down. No stop at all,
good shot, but just... Where did that go wrong? Thomas Pieters has
this to win the hole. It is very speedy. Just thick of it down,
you're are well ahead at the moment. Don't do anything silly. That is
running... In. The rookie came good, he done good. Well, well, well. Well
done. Four. I say! This has got to go in from Willett. Playing one of
those fancy shots. No. Good night Vienna, thanks for the game. Best of
luck in the next round, and all that stuff. Five and four victory for the
United States. There you have it, Rose and Stenson win the five and
four,... If they'll play like that, then that is what is going to
happen. It is unfortunate, but the guys have had a great afternoon by
the looks of the board. Martin, tough day at the office given the
events of this morning as well. Definitely, it was a tough day. When
you have been here you have got to try your very best to try to
contribute something for the team, but it didn't really happen today.
It is not only about me, it's about the hole team. Unfortunately, I was
trying really hard but the putts didn't go in for me today. It was
nice playing with Danny. I wish that I could of done a little better to
give him his first match. But tomorrow, you will get your point.
Ryan Moore, with about 30 feet. He needs this putt. He needs this right
now. Gave it a good read. Rolling. Looks good, it has got a great line,
and boom! Wow! Crowd is erupting, great stuff from him. Great stuff
from the rookie. Cabrera-Bello, to halve the hole. Tickling it down the
hill. It slinks by, so the US win the hole. Wonderful effort therefrom
Ryan Moore. Matt Kuchar can still birdie this. Good putt, good try,
still looking for that first birdie. He is posing. Just needed one more.
A touch of good fortune there, Sergio, my boy. Thomas Pieters now
for par. This will be some far. -- par. Rather sloppy, losing that hold
to a four. Dustin Johnson, nice, it could be very nice. Four outstanding
birdie chances. The United States need them more than the European
side do. Thomas Pieters, up the hill, with the bit of movement. --
little bit of. Charles for the US. -- Chance for. This is of huge
importance. Just a little movement from the right. It is about marrying
that pace up with the line. CHEERING
He had just enough pace to hold the line, so the United States win the
15th, just two down with three to play. Back to the relative
tranquillity of Garcia. This putt to win the match. Big swing, right to
left, it is creeping closer. That is tidy. Make the others do the work.
He has had two wonderful putts in the last two three holes. One of
them was this sort of length. They will raise the roof if this goes in.
This, to keep the match alive. Oh, no, sir. Thanks for the game.
Another point for Europe. A brilliant day for Rafa
Cabrera-Bello. A rookie playing along with Sergio, and they win
three and two. Rory with a long iron, him and Pieters, two up, one
of his opponents is on the green, not too close to the hole, but has
Rory played one of his super fans, plummeting down from a blue sky? And
yes, he has. -- super irons. That was absolutely superb. DJ with a
medium to short iron into this par-5. Mod ball.
Well, if it had any mud on it, it is washed off now. He's a great friend
of mine and an unbelievable player. I think you saw that today. Every
time I was a little bit off, he stepped up and he did great. I think
we felt extremely comfortable. We have played a lot of golf together.
And it was great to be able to do that. Kuchar coming down the hill,
this is quick. If he overdoes it by a whisker, he will be eight, nine
feet by. What a lovely putt. It didn't go in, but it was damn near.
Some worried looking places. Kuchar has missed his putt, and what can
Rory do? To quit down, if it falls in, is a bonus, and it does. He has
redeemed himself, that is fantastic. Don't blow a gasket, don't break a
read, don't do anything! Closes out with an eagle three Faure three and
victory. Well done. My goodness. It is worth seeing again. A tricky run
down the slope. And it just tickles in, wobbling left and right and then
write the left, but what a way to finish. What a comeback by Europe
after a dreadful morning's performance. This afternoon, some
sparkling play, to get back within just two points of a difference.
Let's hear what captain Darren Clarke thinks of it all. An emphatic
reply to a trying morning. How did you deal with the whitewash at
lunchtime? We were all disappointed. I am not going to go fly. But the
guys just had a tough morning and then we played really well. But that
happens. Historically, the Europeans are supposed to be better for some
players and they are better for ballplayers, but that was turned on
it's head, but that is the Ryder Cup. The consensus was we had to
just try and chip away. It was really just chipping away at the
lead. Even if we were 2.5 and 1.5, or even 2-2, just to get some points
on the board and some momentum, but I don't think we could have done any
better this afternoon, than to win 3-1, and we will be going into our
locker room happier than they will tonight. Davis, how do you assess
what has been a topsy-turvy day? We knew that the Europeans would play
well this week. We played better this morning, they played better
this afternoon. Lots of close matches. Lots of birdies by the
Europeans this afternoon. And said the comeback out hot again tomorrow
morning. It has been a sobering afternoon for the US team and
galleries, and some big statements made by Europeans. What is your
reading of it all? Europe got grounded a little bit in the
morning, then they went out and got a couple of Leeds early. You could
see on the scoreboard, the blue, and to see that going, then it just kind
of filter down. Henrik was unbelievable today. Can you second
guess the reaction to this in the respective team rooms? What will be
happening, do you fancy, and those? B1 will take a deep breath. It's
such an emotional day for both teams. There's a lot of golf left.
You have got this focus on the next shot and the next match. It is going
to take a long time and we have got to pace ourselves. We thoroughly
enjoyed it, I am sure that everyone at home has. And we get it at all
over again tomorrow, on day two. This is how they will be lining
up... The last two remaining European
beauties are being blooded tomorrow morning. And from what you saw
today, how is that going to play out tomorrow morning? Four rookies
coming out for Europe. They played, Rafa and Thomas Muller also for Team
Europe. I love these pairings. I think it is going to be tough for
both teams. It is going to give down to the 17, 18. The big success story
for the US today from your perspective was what? Just getting
off to a good start. It is pretty rare for the US to do that. They got
back confidence, going into tomorrow, and it is just about
hitting their next shot and not getting too far ahead of themselves.
We will be cherry picking the best parts of day two for you at
half-past midnight and it will be repeated at a more gentle hour on
Sunday morning. Live coverage on Radio 5Live throughout the day. What
a start to the 41st Ryder Cup here in Minnesota, played hard, but
played in great spirits, as befitting the memory of the King,
Arnold Palmer, with both teams the to honour his memory after he passed
away the weekend. Add all these golfing superstars owe so much to
the original game change. Good night. There have been golfers with
a more elegant swing. Golfers who have won more than his seven Majors,
but there is only one Arnold Palmer. He took golf to places and people as
never before. He had a presence, especially at Augusta. He won the
Masters four times. He came and played in the open at a time when
not agree American did. These were pioneering days in the televising of
tournaments. Arnold Palmer was simply box office. A fighter, he
loved the drama and tension of the moment. He was one of the big three.
They push the bounds of golf way back. He was a team player. He never
played on a losing Ryder Cup team. He remained to his dying day
respected by the players of today. A dear, dear friend.
Highlights from the opening day's play at the 41st Ryder Cup, held at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, USA. The biennial clash between the best golfers from the USA and Europe has been dominated by the Europeans in recent years - they have won the last three contests, and six of the last seven.