Highlights from the second day's play at the 41st Ryder Cup, held at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, USA. Europe took command on day two of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
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CHEERING It's been a remarkable opening
session for the United States. Right at it, baby. Not too brilliant this
morning, but this afternoon, much better. He's redeemed himself, the
young fellow. Take a bow, Rory McIlroy and Team Europe, who have
already produced something of a minor miracle in Minnesota, dragging
themselves back into contention on a quite pulsating opening day in this
41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National. Because after a morning
mauling in the foursomes by a fired up American team and their
supporters, the first session whitewashing this great event since
1975, what a response it was from Darren Clarke's men. Led by the
talismanic Rory McIlroy here at the 16th, with that eagle, yes, America
leads 5-3 but arguably this moment has given Europe the overnight
momentum. Even before I hit that putt I wanted to put an exclamation
point on that session forums. Honestly I thought about the
celebration before I hit the putt. It's a hostile environment out there
and I want everyone that's watching out there to know how much it means
to us, how much it means to me personally and others as a team and
we're not going down without a fight. There was certainly a large
question about Europe's chances after the red wash in the morning
but blue was the colour that dominated the afternoon fourballs,
Europe claiming three of the four matches including a significant
first defeat of America's top pair. The USA led by two but it might have
been a lot worse for Europe. An emphatic reply to a pretty trying
morning. How did you deal with the whitewash at lunchtime? We were all
disappointed. We were hoping for a lot better than that this morning
but the guys just had a tough morning and our condo parts played
really well. But that happens in Match Play. -- counterparts played
really well. At the start of the European were supposed to be better
for some players and America is supposed to be better fourballs
players but that's the Ryder Cup. We knew the Europeans would play well
this week and they really played well all day. They played better
this afternoon. A lot of close matches even though the scores don't
indicate it. A lot of birdies by the Europeans this afternoon. We had to
come back hard again tomorrow morning. So date two starts with
ultimate shot foursomes matches and for Europe all four pairings Conte
Nawrocki and all four are untried in this format. Michael Roy and Thomas
Pieters need to build on Berrett afternoon success yesterday, taking
on five-time major winner Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. Red-hot
putter Brandt Snedeker and big hitting Brooks Koepka team up
against Henrik Stenson, who takes Rocky Matthew Fitzpatrick in his
charge. The Sheffield man has had to make today -- has had to wait until
today for his debut. It's Justin Rose who will offer him guidance
today against Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson, who won that opener
together. Whilst Reed and Spieth, smarting from a first defeat in five
to God have the successful Spanish duo of Garcia and Cabrera-Bello in
their sights. Rickie Fowler's first Ryder Cup win at his ninth attempt
has clearly had a positive effect. He set off superbly in the top
match, draining the birdie putt at the 1st two cheers. Could the
Belgian match it? Oh, yes, what was that you are saying everyone? The
European captain has picked a good year and Phil Mickelson knows it.
Pieters already as fired up as his partner Rory McIlroy it appears on
Darren Clarke's own course leaders in Boris -- embracing that rule,
taking one up lead in the top match. Rickie Fowler, who had hugged
trouble yesterday, found the sand not to his liking again at the 4th,
a mistake that would see top pair allow McIlroy and Pieters to go two
in front and worst was to follow for the Californian at the 5th,
shortened to a driveable par-4, out came the big stick and way out into
the distance when Europe thereafter. Ian Nicholls and offers the
consoling arm, three down now. In the last match out, Jordan Spieth
was ominously warming up the putter. A second birdie on two holes. They
barge in front of Spaniards Garcia and Cabrera-Bello, one up. Another
iceman, Henrik Stenson's putter was as cool as his nickname. The second
par putt sliding by today it and the Swede and Sheffield on Matt
Fitzpatrick two down against Snedeker and Koepka. Richard Kruse
all Sachsen for Europe but it's America with eyes on a first win in
eight years who lead in two matches, European blue the dominant colour in
the top one. All square in the other. Like the record 55,000 crowd
here at Hazeltine, our commentators are engrossed in it all.
COMMENTATOR: I'm very impressed with this young
fellow, Ryder Cup debut. Taken to it like a veteran.
Oh no. Sadly, too long, found the water. At the 3rd, Jordan Spieth. To
win the hole. Lovely putts this morning, all the Americans. What a
start from Reed and Spieth is, birdie, birdie, birdie, the opening
three holes, and they are two up. A little stream to the left. They've
dropped out to hear. They are playing their third shot to the
short par-4, the American team tied for two.
Oh, very nice. Very nice indeed. They still have a chance of sneaking
a half. Walking down the seventh green you can see how money people
were out watching, there were 50,000 here yesterday all cheering for the
American side, mostly cheering for the American side and if Rickie
cannot listen they'll get another cheer. Rickie Fowler on the seventh,
this do win the hole. This for a birdie. Despite visiting water the
Europeans have a chance for a half. Rory looking a little anxious.
Fingers crossed this before half. They visited the water off the tee.
Thomas Pieters has this for the four. A testy, nervy, tickling one.
Beautifully done, right in the heart of the cup. What a beauty. They
remain three up. He's into this, he's into this. The opening match,
McIlroy and Pieters, three up after the opening seven holes. Snedeker
and Koepka a couple up after six. The third match all square at the
bottom much advantage Reed and Spieth, playing some wonderful
foursomes golf. It's a bit different, P. He hasn't
got -- Peter. He hasn't got to play one out of there, ended up in the
fellow's pocket. I remember once someone hit it into someone's bra!
This is quite a good little hit from here. He can afford to be bold.
Hanging over the top of the flag. Spin, no spin, rather unlucky. I've
seen Mickelson spin back from there. This is a delicate one, right at the
8th, horrible downhill lie. Cheerio. Almost further away than he started.
He meant to pitch it at least twice on the fringe. Off the back foot for
Reed. Oh, another birdie, four birdies in the opening five for the
Americans. What a little chip for Reed and Spieth, looking like they
might go three up. Get in there. What a duo these two have been. Now,
Sergio has this putt to half the hole, what a blow if he could, could
he? Has he? It's their wonderful retort from Garcia. Eighth green,
this is a par put for Phil Mickelson. It's very slow. As to
give this a whack. They are urging it, they are urging it, oh, my
goodness, what a par, what a par! That year will ring around the golf
course. Getting their! -- that she will ring around the golf course.
Get in there. What annoys, it's like being in Ibrox. Down the slope at
the 7th format Fitzpatrick. Could do with one. Come on, come on. He's
done it, you little beauty! A little confidence booster. A tricky one for
a half. Well done. McIlroy for a half. Will there be such a cheer if
this goes in? Well done, McIlroy. Rather subdued, not quite so
raucous. Well done. McIlroy and Pieters remain three up. A massive
putt for Brooks Koepka, Mr half the hole. So Europe sneak a hole, the
United States want up after seven holes. Terrific stuff, it really is
-- the United States are one up. You lap the second day, the foursomes, a
morning's play, you can see McIlroy and Pieters up, one much all square,
the other two, America just ahead. Cabrera-Bello two down, third shot
at the par-5 six. They just clipped the top of the bunker, tried to get
it out too far. It's caught the top of the bunker, killed it. Spieth.
Third shot at the six. They are in the driving seat here.
CHEERING Could have done better with a hop
forward but on the green in three. At the back of the ninth, Rickie
Fowler to get one back. This for a birdie down the slope. Can he read
it? Can he read it? Oh, my, oh, my, my. Therein for a par. Not quite
online. Garcia, fourth shot at the six.
Opponent on the green in three. Must get down in two. To have any chance.
This for a half at the 9th four Rory McIlroy. Oh, no, oh, no, that came
from nowhere. For the first bogey. Europe now only two up.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello at the six, for a par, if this goes in, which it...
Reed, two putts to win the hole, I'm sure he can cosy it up. Or can he?
Christopher Columbus, he's left his partner a snorter there. Chris Wood,
second shot to the seventh hole. Tricky little shot. The poll was an
far on the green. He's played it nicely, nice -- the hole wasn't far
on the green. He played it nicely, good shot. Two putts for it. Making
him work for it. Reed and Spieth go three up. Looking strong. Zach
Johnson at the sevens, long putt. Third shot. Up to the hole side,
that's very well judged from such long-range.
APPLAUSE Justin Rose now to win the hole here
at the 7th. Could just do with a little bit of magic. Is there a bit
of magic about? There is. There is! Well done, Rose. One up.
Well, after a lot of toing and froing this is where Rory tee shot
finished at the 10th and it looks like you can probably get a club on
it but not the most inviting shot for Thomas Pieters. The Americans,
15 feet away. Where has it gone? Oh! A little Brucie bonus there, after
the two tee shots it looked like it could be two lost balls but
eventually they find the green in two. What a break. There's the
scores on the doors at the moment. Europe up in two, the United States
up in two. Very close. We've seen some most entertaining golf. It's
been a real adventure when they hit the tee shot, it's a long one with a
big swing from left to right. Difficult to lay stone dead. Run it
out, Rory, run it out. Trying its best. Pretty good from there so they
have that for a par. APPLAUSE
81 yards left for Spieth, a wayward drive from Reed at the 7th hole. It
looks like he had a gap to go through straight at the pin. What
stopped from Spieth. These two are absolutely on fire this morning. A
miracle par for the Europeans. Mickelson has this for a birdie
three to win the hole, on number ten.
What a raw there's going to be if this goes in, and it has. The United
States win the ninth and tenth holes. Europe one up now, a tenuous
They were in command half an hour ago.
Go on, Sergio, this for a birdie, a little down the slope. He's coaxing
it, he's coaxed it right into the centre of the cup for a timely
birdie three. APPLAUSE
Almost equidistant away from the Americans, but just Rory to go
first. They could do with a nice putt at this stage will stop is it?
Is it? Just as the boat was starting to rock, they lost the last two
holes, a lovely birdie from Rory. He acknowledges the crowd. What a great
shot that is. APPLAUSE
This for the Americans' fifth birdie in seven holes. Patrick Reed makes
it. They stay three up against Garcia and Cabrera-Bello. What golf
from these two. 5-under through seven holes, a great putt from
McIlroy. Can Mickelson follow him in for a half to remain one up? At the
11th hole. Oh! He can't. Just drifted off at the last second. Two
up for the Europeans. Rose at ten, good tee shot from
Chris Wood, one of this pair, downhill to this front left pin
position today. The Americans miles down there at the tee. Oh, good shot
from Rose, applying a little bit of pressure for the American pair.
Third shot on the 11th, par-5 for Fitzpatrick. Getting one out of the
rough. That's beautifully played by Matt Fitzpatrick, Stone cold dead.
Good birdie. Pieters, for a par, here at the 12th.
Pretty good bunker shot from Brooks Koepka but Snedeker has this to
halve the hole, the Europeans in for four. That is not like Snedeker.
Back to all square. Fowler, top match, he and Mickelson. Putts it
in. Back to one, McIlroy and Pieters. Six holes left. Tiger Woods
on the left, just wandering along with Spieth. Tiger looks a big man
now. I remember when he was very thin. Wood to win the hole here at
the 10th. In! Ever-changing leaderboard.
Europe up in two, the US now only up in one. How well Reed and Spieth
have played, three up. Snedeker has driven it into the left rough,
Koepka at the 12th. What on earth was that? He's missed the pond. That
was a shank. A Lucy locket, the old cab rank. Would you believe it?
Write off the pike. Have a look at the other end, watch it shoot out to
the left. Over there she goes and watch it go, baby. Hit something and
ricocheted back, shot of the day. The Americans pin high Wright, 35-40
feet, a wonderful monster drive from McIlroy. A pitch from 97 for Pieters
and this is a real birdie chance. Oh, beautiful pitch. Stay there. A
chance for the Europeans. Well, a good try from Snedeker. Complete
shank from Koepka. Got lucky, finished playable. Snedeker onto
here, this for a par. The Europeans not in for five yet. And they are
not in for five yet. Well, both pairs trying to lose this hole. 35
feet for Mickelson. Pushing retirements this group, they are
allowed three hours and four minutes and that's just about up and they
are putting still. A few minutes' were left in that one. -- work left
in that one. This is where Fitzpatrick's tee shot ended up,
well wide of the green. This will call for some touch, skill and luck.
And he's got all three will. What they touch. -- what a touch. That
will going shot of the day, or be in your list of the best shots of the
day. Halved the last hole in pars, the Europeans want up. Put on the
14th here for McIlroy to regain the two hole lead, the Americans not in
yet. A bit of work left and that's way, way, way right. The chance for
Americans to get a half. The US has just played beautifully this
morning. About 5-under. Keep the momentum going, keep the pressure on
Europe growing. And that's the right side, a big moment for Europe to
kind of sees a hole back. Mickelson left Fowler much to do. This for a
half. Well, that was very tacky, very unlike the American team. It
wasn't all that far away, I suppose, but three putts. What a gift for
McIlroy and Pieters. Snedeker at the 13th, this to win the hole to get
one ahead. He does. Well done. CHEERING
Who said golf was a quiet and gentle game? CROWD: USA. Rory, out of the
right rough. Just won the last hole to go two up. Watching it closely.
Very solid shot. Slope of the Green taking it right to the hole, 20 feet
for birdie, put the pressure on the US team. Now Garcia to halve the
hole. This has been a little bit of a messy one. Some people thought the
US might have given this, but they didn't. And that's the reason. The
win for the US, they go marching on four up.
CHEERING Justin Rose here, 250 yard par-3,
one of the prettiest swings in golf, tries to hoist this high up into the
air. Soft. Beautiful shot. This is going to end up being a hat of a
shock -- a heck of a shot, putting a lot of pressure on the United
States. They are two up in the match. Stenson, good tee shot,
Fitzpatrick from a good sport, clean, look at the green.
He likes it, he likes it. He loves it. Koepka, this is where Snedeker's
tee shot ended. . Can he fired it under the trees, miss the branches.
Under the bunker. Miracle shot coming up. It has, indeed. That's a
brilliant result. I don't know quite how he did that without mirrors,
smoke, etc, but he did. Chris Wood to win the hole here at the 13th.
Oh, shaked the edge. A bit of match play strategy needed here. You're
two up, you don't want to race this four or five feet by. You're running
out of holes. They've got a four, five footer for a par. Don't leave
your partner too much to do. And don't bother with that, I'll just do
it for you. Thank you very much, partner. Zach Johnson, tester here,
to have the hole. Oh, dear. Huge miss. Huge miss. They go three down
in their match. Europe is quickly gaining control of this match. After
that miss of Zach Johnson, that is the situation. :
All to play for in the other two. The bottom match seems, certainly
for US to be a certainty. Stenson, right rough. Second shot on the
right rough. Looking at it very intensely. Hoping for it to sit.
Wow, wow. This is really turning into a huge match for both teams.
Snedeker, a little deeper into the trees here. US can't do anything too
foolish. I think he caught it a little heavy. Oh, wow, right in the
middle of the green. Just outside Henrik by 20, 25 feet. This is a
heck of a match. This is a huge match for both teams. McIlroy. He
has good eyesight. To see the hole from that distance. He needs it
within three or four feet. O in, of course! Judgment of distance. Well,
it's pretty good, but not there. Koepka, at the 15th.
Looking good. Oh, yes. Well, he's had a few holes where he has been
up-and-down. Had a shank, a couple of wild tee shots. Beautiful putt
there. They are a good team. They set the crowd going, too. Everybody
happy! Fitzpatrick, this for a half. Ah, bad luck. Good three for the US.
They now go two up. Rickie Fowler, clearly needs this
putt or the match is over. Low right. Never really had a chance.
Very good win. Excellent golf from McIlroy and Pieters. The Europeans
3-under-par for their round. Very good foursomes. In fact, excellent.
Jimmy Walker here for birdie. Really need something to make it happen.
Beautiful putt. Wow! Snedeker and Brooks are giving life to the US.
This is great stuff. Absolutely vital putt here for the
European point of view, to half the 14th. Is oh, it just slipped pass
for Chris Wood. McIlroy and Pieters take the first
point for the morning foursomes. Four and two. Rose and Wood two up
against Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson. Rory must be delighted?
Definitely. You want to set the for the rest of the team. When they saw
us up early, that's exactly what we were trying to do. Get up early on
them, put blue on the board. Luckily, Darren had a lot of faith
in us to send us out first. We delivered for him. Great interaction
between you and the crowd all the way round. What is it like to be
playing in this cauldron? Unbelievable. It's a great
atmosphere. It seems like we are playing it in the right spirit. It's
really competitive on the golf course, but still respectful. So,
obviously happy with how everything has went. Hopefully, we can get
ourselves back together and regroup and go out and win a point again
this afternoon. Fitzpatrick has the same yardage as their opponents. 259
yards. Oh! I'm afraid, with two down, looking like going three down,
this match could be over. Pressure, do you think? I think it was a
little bit more club than he had. He was trying to give it a little
extra. Just trying to give it a little extra and came over. Reed.
Oh, hit a great putt, just hit the left edge. Europe survives this
hole, stays three down. Snedeker, US team, short of the
green. Two up, trying to close the match out on this hole. Chipped it
ever so slightly. Running out about five feet short of the hole.
After a visit to the water this is a putt for the European side from
Fitzpatrick to save their par. Oh. The match over I feel.
Solid win for the US. This Koepka and Snedeker team is a monster. They
have a lot of momentum on their side. McIlroy and Pieters winners.
Snedeker and Koepka just finishing off there at the 16th. The other two
matches still alive. Europe favourite in one. United States
favourite in the other. Can anybody turn the match around? The Americans
have laid up and Justin Rose is going to have a go at this par-5
green. There can only be one place. There can only be one place. Oh,
dear. Interesting strategy there, Justin Rose. Two up and went for the
green with his second. Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson in a nail biter and
gaining momentum with some Europe miss-Kews. Staring it down.
Beautiful. Steady right there. Great shot by USA. Gained momentum in this
match. You can hear the crowd -- miss-cued. This doesn't look easy.
The US with back-to-back bogeys. They're struggling right now. They
are spraying it all over the place. From the rough, in the trees. He
were in control of this match, three holes ago. Jordan Spieth needs to do
something good here. Trying to skip it. Wow, the US... They are losing
the grip of this match, quickly. Had to keep it under the branches. The
pin at the front of the green. It stayed in the water. Up the hill, a
little from the right. You beauty. You little beauty.
APPLAUSE For a par, the US still have a putt
for a birdie. They are clinging on with their fingernails in a piece of
glass. Europe, two putts. They can win this hole and cut in another
hole. Beautiful putt by Sergio. The US third straight bogey. They are
reeling right now. They need to get back their confidence.
Beautiful save by Europe for par. Zach Johnson here, Team USA. A putt
to win the hole and go one down, with two left. We will hear a loud
eruption if this goes in. Boom, the US. One down, with two to go. This
match has changed quickly in the last couple of holes. We shall see
in the next 45 minutes or so. Don't go away, don't go away. These last
two matches, all sorts of things could happen. So important what
happens here and the result of the match. The US will be happy with
2-2. Can Europe sneak something out? Who knows. Two down. They are on the
16th. He has to play a little gem of a shot here. Nice contact. Very nice
contact. Don't spin too much. Inside the Americans with a much easier
putt than Reed, up the slope. This match is getting tighter and
tighter. Europe is getting a little momentum each time. Chris Wood had a
chance at the 17th to close the match out, but it was just a half.
Both tee shots have found this right side and first to play is Zach
Johnson. They are lucky off the tee. Looks like a pretty good right to a
right rough to a pretty good pin. Clearly, the ball jumped. He's
hoping it gets down quickly, and it did not. Cometh the moment, cometh
the man. He has this to win the hole. To get within one. Has he, has
he? He has you know, he jolly well has. Ha-ha. My goodness, pumped up.
Reed and Spieth one up, two holes left to play.
Justin Rose, from the right side. Just trying to get this thing in the
middle of the green. Wow, great shot. Classy player. Major Champion,
Rider Cup winner. Justin Rose knows how to hit those shots. Jordan
Spieth, for a birdie here. Put immense pressure on. He likes it. He
likes it. No, there's no way. There is no way. There is no way. What
just happened! Zach Johnson hit his second shot over the back of the
green for the United States. Jimmy Walker chipped about 15 foot by. Two
putts here would mean a victory for Europe. Up the hill and down the
other side for Chris Wood. That's going to be good. That's going to be
good enough. Well, it was a brave fight from the US side coming back.
The Europeans sneak home. One up victors. What a match. What a match.
This to tie up the last. He hasn't. He Jolly well has, you know. Well
done. Match all square. 16 and 17 victories. How did Spieth stay out.
Right in the heart of the Cup. All square. This is a massive, massive
point. Oh, don't go away. This is getting more and more exciting
there. Is how it stands. Two victories for Europe, one for United
States. The score 6-5. The final pairing going up the last all
square. Let's hear from Justin Rose. Three he up you are comfortable
thinking when can we close it out and have lunch. When it's back to
one, they have hope none their step. A half point for them is more than a
half point. That's a psychological advantage if they get something out
of the match. It was important to close it out. I saw Tiger earlier
today, around 7.00am, he said - they have to win this match. It's a huge,
huge match. Right now, a half is not really good enough for them. They
need a full point. Tiger Woods got a beady eye on what is happening on up
here. The Americans hit it over the back right of the green. Still
there, in an awkward spot. They have played two. This is for a three from
the centre of the green for Cabrera Bello. That's a pretty darn good
effort. Doesn't want to leave his putter too much work to do. They get
a chance. Singing quartet from the first two. Lovely Rye ams to sing.
Jordan is taking dead aim at this shot. He is definitely seeing this
go in. Sit, sit, sit. A little testy. Testy. Wow, this match
couldn't get even more tense. It seems to on every shot. Just came
out a little hot. Huge, huge putt for US. They cannot afford to lose a
full point on this match. Great putt by Patrick Reed. Big shy
of relief from the US squad. There are cheers, but mostly just a sigh
of relief. This to steal something. I daren't watch. I'm going to
listen. Well done, Sergio. Well done, Sergio. A hard match. What a
match. What a match. Incredible. Well done by Europe. They fought and
fought. Even when they were four down they kept fighting. The US lost
their game. They made three bogeys in a row. A half point for both
teams. But Europe definitely won that match. Cinderella couldn't
write a story like it. Fantastic this morning. McIlroy and Pieters
played wonderful golf against Fowler and Mickelson. Snedeker and Koepka
played well against Stenson and Fitzpatrick. The last two matches
they were amazing. Do you remember the US were ahead 4-0. I don't think
anyone else They kept throw does. Ing darts at us. We made an amazing
birdie on 12 to have the hole. Thanks to my partner's putt. We
just, we saw a little window. Just a little window they gave us. We
grabbed that moment. We came back strong and they actually had tole
fight hard to not lose the match. It was a great, it was a very well
played match. Fantastic comeback from the Spaniards. Rory seems to
havelet Ian Poulter vibe out there. He has it going? Poulter must have
been talking to him an awful lot. He's just such a confident player
right now. The his result last week goes that way. Rory, he is a
brilliant young man. He just loves it so much. So proud to be
representing Europe and playing the way he. Is for him to be leading off
Europe today, him and Thomas Pieters going this afternoon, befitting of
how he is fitting this morning. A veteran of three rider Cups, Hunter,
how influential you reckon that Rory McIlroy, the man we have been
talking about, is becoming in this contest? No doubt Rory is the new
leader of Team Europe for the future. He is playing unbelievable
You saw it yesterday. On The Eagle putt to finish off the match. That
emotion, that swagger, that yness, that is something you have to have
when you are on away soil. He is the leader of this team. The
US has to defeat him this afternoon. If they don't, I think they will
lose the session and will lose control of the Ryder Cup.
Interesting. This morning, an extraordinary session from Europe's
point of view. In that last match, the Spaniards recovering from four
down to get that half point. How does that play for US morale? That
was a huge, it was a half point, a win for Europe. Being four down. The
way they played. The way US started hitting it everywhere was not even
in some holes, late. That is a huge win for Europe. They feel so good
about themselves. US need to take control. Win matches early. If Rory
wins again, first off, the US is in trouble. Let us confirm the order of
this afternoon's fourballs. This is the thinking of captains Clarke and
Love. Dustin Johnson and Koepka team up taking on the established Rory
McIlroy and Thomas Pieters who won two out of two. Chris Wood and his
12th Ryder Cup partner, Danny Willis and Ryan Moore and JB Holmes have
something to proof this after noon. Matt Kuchar might give the momentum
player Phil Mickelson licence to attack against Martin Kaymer and
Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard is one of five Europeans who will be
playing all five matches. These two combinations lock horns for a third
time at Hazeltine. It's honours even between them in matches so far. Reed
and Spieth come off both a chasening half this morning and defeat in this
format yesterday to Europe's Olympians, Rose and Stenson. So
leading the line again, four time Major winner, Rory McIlroy who lost
none of his intensity over a working lunch. To the second hole, Westwood
and Willetts scramling here. Master Champion shird third shot. In from
off the green. An unlikely birdie. Such is the quality of this contest,
good enough for a half to remain all square against Moore and Holmes.
40-year-old Henrik Stenson, warming up perhaps for another superb
afternoon against the USA's go to pairing of Reed and Spieth. At the
1st that birdie lands the all-important first blow for Europe.
Up ahead, Belgium's Thomas Pieters drove the short 311 par-4 5th hole.
A monster this time with putter in hand. A brilliant eagle he is
already a Ryder Cup diamond. Two up with McIlroy. Phil Mickelson, his
third shot to the 3rd hole. That would make the breakthrough against
Kaymer and Garcia. One up, US. When the Spaniard missed from close-range
for par at the next, Garcia would gift his opponents another hole. The
eight time Rider Cuppa and German farter in now two down in that
match. With only one point separating the teams, this is a
positive start for Europe in the afternoon as they seek to close that
gap. Up in the top and bottom matches so far. The United States
are ahead in the third and all square in the other. What an
afternoon session in prospect ahead of tomorrow's singles. 7th tee, Rory
McIlroy. 410 yard par-4. Water left and right. He's going out with the
big stick. Oh, the big stick, going left. He's going to have to see it
quick. There's water there. He's sneaked past it. OK. Tiger Woods
looking on. Wondering what he is thinking - will I ever get back and
do this again, or has it all passed by? It would be sad if it has. I
would like to see him in full flow once more. Just a little hand and
arm shudder. Oh, yes. Stopped a whisker too soon. Good shot.
Kuchar has a great start to this afternoon's session. Trying to add
another birdie to his three or four he has had. Oh, he's got it going.
He's got it going. Kuchar has the putter home for Team USA. With the
US in tight, Pieters was a tad aggressive on his first putt, ending
up three putting leaving Rory basically by himself with a birdie
putt here. Oh. This can be a silly game at times.
That is why he's Rory McIlroy and the heart of Europe right now. What
a great job. Some people think he doesn't putt very well - it comes
and goes! There you see a Bird's Eye view of this 7th green. McIlroy had
the worst tee shot. He's the one so far who got the birdie. This to
halve the hole. Well done. Well done, indeed. Koepka holes a nice
putt. McIlroy and Pieters, two up. Holmes has driven in the water.
Here's Moore. Ryan Moore, oh, that doesn't look...
Has he gone miles left, away from the water on the right? No, well,
that's... Almost a chargeable offence. Third shot for Justin Rose.
His part partner, Stenson, is not in. Best he could do is a four. The
Americans are close, three, four feet away. He's hooked too high and
too wide and too clumsy. Conceded. Rose and Stenson go all square.
Koepka, for par. Really need this. You can't give three putts and
bogeys away. Wow. Wow. Oh, the US just... Just keeps giving up holes
to Europe. Pieters for three. That's just too easy. These guys are way
too good to give them pars for wins. Rory, Rory has been great this week.
He has really led Team Europe. Bird's Eye view of the proceedings
here at Hazeltine. Patrick Reed, third shot at the 6th.
Oh. It's heading for the hole. Could it? No! Oh, come on, come on. Steady
on, you'll have thrombosis. Some are with you. You don't have to
encourage them too much. This for the half.
Reed and Spieth go into the lead for the first time in this match.
Westwood coming up the green, running nicely. Will it reach? Yes,
it will. Oh, what a bonus. Yes, you beauty. Your partner knocked it over
the green and thought that was rather amusing, you thought nothing
was funny and you knocked in a monster. Willett and Westwood, one
up. 312 yard drive for McIlroy at this huge 478 par, yard par 9th.
Uphill second. Wind a little right to left. So little of it. He likes
it. Oh, what a shot from McIlroy. That's just majestic. More like a
beer festival, isn't it. Songs ring out, cheers and shouts and tears of
joy and anything else you can think of. It's all here. Octoberfest. Garp
gash, over the water at the 7th. Just all about judging the distance.
Oh, just scraped over. Oh, what a shot. Go in. My goodness me. They
are stepping up the pace here at Hazeltine.
After that magnificent second shot here at the 9th, McIlroy to win the
hole. Beautiful. Every shot a gem. Captain Clarke, fum bling with his
glasses, sweaty hands, moves forward to say - well done. They do play
rough these boys sometimes. Sergio's putt was conceded, only about a
foot. Lovely second shot for a half. Matt Kuchar. Oh. Too hard. Didn't
take the borrow. The Europeans get one back. Only one down, now. That
is how they stand at the moment. 2-2. Those bottom two matches, only
one hole in it. Justin has come out of the trees and found the green.
Not very close to the flag. McIlroy, got a good look at the pin position.
Urging it up and on, and he's done a pretty good job, 10, 12 feet away.
Koepka, after another biggie, down the middle of the fairway. Just to
pitch it to this back right position. McIlroy already 10, 12
feet away. Looking good. Stay there. Great shot from Brooks Koepka.
Second to the 7th. Out of that rough. Helping him there. Not
getting too much backspin. Beautiful shot. The standard of play this
afternoon is breath taking. JB Holmes, one down, second to 9. Long
uphill par-4, 478 yards. These boys reducing it... That's an absolute
cracker from Holmes. Good lord. They're just knocking the pin out.
Incredible golf. Brooks Koepka had his birdie putt
conceded, such was the quality of the approach. McIlroy has this for a
half. Ah, boy, he is on fire, Rory McIlroy. Four up. He's going to pull
a muscle in that right shoulder. It's just a matter of time.
Westwood, up the slope here, at the 9th. Not a bad angle to putt it
from. A little bit up the slope. This for a birdie 3. Oh. Thought it
wasn't going to make it. But it made it comfortably. Wonderful second to
the 7th from Patrick Reed. This tap in for a birdie. Shouldn't be a
problem. And isn't. This partnership, 6 under for the
opening seven holes and two up. Not too shabby. Huge tee shot. A
towering iron into this long 9th for Holmes. The Americans are back to
all square. Gorgeous day for playing golf. We have seen some exceptional
stuff. Let's look at the scoreboard. Pieters and McIlroy in complete
command of the opening match, four up. Playing delightful golf. Second
match all square. The bottom at the moment going to the Americans. It's
very tight. Reed having a shot at the 8th.
Oh, another marvellous iron shot. 180 yards.
Rory just far enough back to put spin on this. A tight front pin over
the bunker. The breeze is helping. He has to land it very precisely.
Oh. Got lucky there. Got very lucky. Pitched off the little down slope.
Wasn't what he was trying to do. A tricky length of bunkers. Has he
got it? He has. A terrific shot. 35, 40 yards are never easy particularly
when you have to land it on a small landing area. Excellent.
For a birdie at the 8th, Justin Rose, he needs it. Americans in
close. Koepka and Johnson currently four
down. This is for their birdie. If they miss this and Rory holes
they'll be five down, so it's vital. Yes. Brilliant up and down, nudges
it in, heaping pressure on. Back to the big hitters.
Crucial putt from Johnson, but McIlroy has this to remain four up.
With seven to play. Oh, well. I can sniff a comeback now.
Reed at the 8th, all the others have missed. This to go three up. Oh,
yes, he is playing some sensational golf this afternoon.
CHEERING This guy is along for the ride.
Westwood at ten, long-range birdie attempt. This would certainly be a
bit of a surprise. He knew that was then, 12 feet out. A lovely surprise
for Lee Westwood. Dustin Johnson, he liked the sound
of it and no wonder. Covering the flag all the way. We need something
to happen and three down. Holmes, oh, my, good grief. So
concerned at giving it a chance he has mis-hit, so Willett and Westwood
stride up to the 11th tee one up. Couldn't get any closer. Just
watched this leaderboard, three up and want up, in the opening two
matches for Europe and three up and one up for the United States. The
United States leading 6.5-5.5, terrific stuff. McIlroy's search
shot, the Americans in the driving seat. A little flip over the corner.
Up she goes, will it stop? No. APPLAUSE
Now Mickelson, the ageing of the eight. -- gladiator. Once more into
the Coliseum. It's getting closer, it's in.
CHEERING And the cheers ring out and the sums
remain upright. Saved again. -- the thumbs remain upright. Saved again.
To win the 12th. Dustin Johnson. It's done, what a brilliant three,
very few threes got at the 12th. The Americans win 11th and 12th, back in
this match. Garcia, you saw Mickelson holed his tramline, this
is to halve the tense. -- tenth. The Americans go two up after that
birdie. Thomas Pieters. He and McIlroy have lost the last couple of
holes. Needs some good, clean hitting. That will do, for a start.
Check on the scoreboard. Well, it all seems to be rather different
from the scores would suggest. It's very much even Stephen, but the
Europeans appear to be just struggling a wee bit at the moment.
America in the ascendancy. Pieters for a birdie. He is putted nicely so
far today. How about that? It was desperately
needed. Oh, that hurt. One of these days... Oh, again, beautiful putt.
This to halve the hole. Too much pace. Kirkpatrick misses it and
there's a huge turnaround there. -- Koepka misses it. Five holes left to
play. Sergio, with a putt to win here on the 11th. He's had great
touch all week. Oh, wow. Just needed a bit more.
Thomas Pieters, second of the 14th. Splinter. Pardon? Way right. A few
more of those will shut them up. JB Holmes, one down, tee shot at the
13th. Two against one. CHEERING
Beauty. Pieters to win the hole. He's done
it, he's played quite splendidly today. A wonderful way with tee
shots, but what a debut. Four up, he and McIlroy, four up and full.
Garcia at the 12th. Third shot. CHEERING
Happy days. He's missed a couple of tiddlers, but then out of the blue
touch of magic. DJ, after a mammoth drive. Taking dead aim, 76 yards to
the hole. Left it a little right, it's going to spin back down to the
hole. Beautiful shot. Study now, study. Great shot the United States.
They need this hole. Phil Mickelson here to answer that long birdie putt
by Sergio. Good role, good effort, but off.
Europe now just one down in that match, getting very tight.
DJ with the putt to extend the match. Right to left, uphill. Nice,
solid putt. CHEERING
Yeo -- US three down, three to go. You can hear chants of USA. You've
got to keep that magic going. Back to the 13th, Holmes, this putt for a
two just to get the match back to all square. Thank you very much.
CHEERING Brooks lifts out the fairway here,
par-5, incredible setting. 20 or 30 deep here on this hole. Very
aggressive. A high cut, going right through the middle of the green.
Looking good. Great shot by Brooks. Big roar from the US, the hometown
fans here. Matt Kuchar here on the 13th par-3.
Backward pin. Along putt. The camera has a lot of work left to do so he
must have nuzzled this up there. We've seen the past few days this
putt will run away from you rather quickly, so speed is of the utmost.
Settle, settle. Do it! Oh, boy! CHEERING
Matt Kuchar with a bomb. Oh, no, what just happened there? After
Kuchar's bomb, and dance and celebration of all sorts, Sergio
with a putt to halve the hole. Up and over the crown, rolling,
rolling, rolling. Very good effort, very good effort, but not quite good
enough. US takes that hole undergoes two up. -- and goes two up. Koepka,
two great shots, middle of the green, eagle shot. The match is
getting very interesting now. Nestling at up there right by the
hole, that won't be a Amy, but the US definitely in command on this
one. -- it won't be a gimme. Nicholson, second to the 14th.
Four up, with four to play. If this finds the bottom of the cup it's two
up with two to play for the United States. Perfectly played par-5 from
Koepka. They marched to the 17th. NACRO one -- CROWD: USA. Come on,
Stenson. Him and -- they've hold very little but finally finds the
bottom of the cup. Well done, Henrik . Phil Mickelson to birdie putt
here, about four feet. Been really awesome this afternoon,
really feeding off one another. The flag on the 17th is eight from the
right, not too tucked away. Covering the flag all the way, a
crackerjack from Thomas Pieters. Kaymer for the half on 14th. A
beautiful wedge shot in here. He wants to stop the momentum of the
US goes three up, with four to go. The 13th, a difficult par gimme and
Rose has holed nothing so far today. Is it his moment? -- it's a
difficult par-3. Something to cheer about, found the cup.
Neither of the Americans can make a birdie now so a couple of putts from
Pieters and the match is over. One is enough. Three one victors. A
vital point for the European side. A little stumble in the middle of the
back nine but other than that Pieters and McIlroy looking
extremely solid stop what a great day for Thomas Pieters. Six and a
half a six and a half. This to halve the 13th. That's no good. So Rose's
beautiful putt means 13th, the Americans just one up. After a bit
of a struggle towards the end, McIlroy and Pieters win three one.
The bottom two matches looking like they're going the American's way. A
great book for rooms in -- great putt for Rose. Just one behind.
Let's hear from Rory McIlroy. What a star he's been. I'll ask about the
atmosphere, how have you found it? It's been tough. You have to keep
your focus and concentration at all times and sometimes not letters --
let it affect you but at the same time when you play a good shot or
hole putt, you want to let them do that, so as much as they are giving
is, we are trying to give it straight back at them. Phil
Mickelson here, great try, right down the middle of the fairway for
stop his specialty, like a little half wedge, punchy, big divot,
coming in low. Stops. Right where he wanted it. Great stuff by Phil.
Danny Willett, a great drive. Metal wood, a mighty swing, looks like he
found it out to the right, trying to watch it, see where it goes. A heck
of a shot. That was beautiful. APPLAUSE
Phil Mickelson here for birdie. This match has turned into a must have
for the United States with Europe tying it up at six and a half. Phil
and Kuchar have been a great pairing today. Phil seems energised, been
rolling a really nice. Boom, another one. Great job by Phil. Great birdie
He's holed some in the Ryder cups in the past, if this doesn't find the
bottom of the cup, this match is over. Big swing from right to left.
He's done it. The Americans three up, with three to play. Europe has
won the last two holes, they're getting a lot of steam in this
match. They're definitely thinking of stealing a point from the US.
Henrik, beautiful shot. Stay there, baby, stay. Easy, it's a good shot,
good place to become a good place to putt from. Danny Willett, after a
great metal, hit this greening two, an eagle putt to win the hole out
right and go up 14 Europe. Tracking, it looks like a great touch.
Excellent putt. Probably won't be conceded in circumstances like this.
Great putt. Sometimes during a stroke play tournament you have a
critical moment and in the Ryder Cup just on the odd occasion as one of
these. Rose has left his marker two feet short of the cup and has to
keep it inside that. This is for 34 Stenson, a massive putt. -- it for a
three, four sensed -- it's three, for Stenson. The US reeling a little
bit, lost the last two holes. A great wedge shot here, hoping to
capitalise. Get the US backed up two. Boom. Patrick Green was saying
there was no doubt about that, trying to get the crowd pumped up.
Phone a friend, what an effort, what an effort. Just when he needed to
make one, he does. Two up. It's running out for Europe. With JB
Holmes, birdie conceded. Wow, these are Ryder Cup putts if I've ever
seen them. Solids stroke, good putt, that's what you want to see from
these guys. Great stuff. From both teams. Aiming everything down the
left, he's got a left-to-right shot, he's got a bit too much club here.
Car Britain, landed softly. This could be spectacular. It's coming
down like a wedge, what a shot, a couple of shots from Kaymer and
Sergio Garcia there. 15th, five on three from the left from the water.
It's a beauty. Lovely shot. Took some of the backspin off but he's
putting down the slope from there. Out in 29 today. On his own balls,
Reed. It's a tickly putt down the hill and across the grain for
Garcia. Pace so important. Running a bit, slowing up nicely. Write to the
hole side. That's a gem. APPLAUSE
Ryan Moore, birdie putt, this for a two, just on the very edge of the
shadow. Tickles it down the hill. Looking good. Oh, would you believe
it? Just short of pace. He was left alone but managed to get a three.
Kuchar has had eight birdies so far. Another bit of magic coming up here,
this to win the match. No, the match goes on. The Americans have made
their par, Danny Willett missed from about ten feet. This is to halve the
17th. Critical putt the match all square. Oh, Lee, Lee, they lose the
hole to par. The Americans charge, one up. Nicholson. -- Mickelson.
Knows a two and the match is over. Very nice indeed. That's a cracking
shot, it really is. Takes the pressure off his partner.
CHEERING So the momentum swinging American's
way at the moment, still a bit of golf left. This to win the hole. And
he's done it. What a man he has been today.
CHEERING The pendulum swinging American's
way. It guarantees them half a point, three up, three to play. Oh,
beautiful. The veteran of many campaigns, once more into the
breach, dear friends come of this for victory. It's there. Very well
played indeed. 21. To the 18th. Westwood. His partner is on the
green. Beautiful shot to the bunker. Can he make up for a couple of
mistakes he's made, short putts missed? Yes, he can. He certainly
Almost a concession. Patrick Reed, he's played sparkling golf all day.
Out in 29 and he's whipped that straight into the hands of the
green, I fancy. Glorious shot. That was a shot, into the pin. JB just
goes in. Is it going to reach? No. So Europe's have two putts to
salvage a half here. Willett first. He's left. Westwood -- he's left
Westwood to do the work. Stenson must have a good lie to play this
shot. Stenson, what a shot! CHEERING
Smarter than the average bear, boo-boo. Pressure, pressure,
pressure. Keep your head still, close your eyes, slowly back.
CHEERING Well, America win one up. Oh, my
goodness. It will break the heart of anybody. Reed putting 43. Can he
match Stenson? No. Well, the match goes on. The beat goes on. Victory
for Europe, two Victor Ruiz for the United States, the US are two up
with two holes to play. 9-under for his own ball today after 16 holes.
Patrick Reed. A lovely shot. He's played some
delightful shots today. Much to ponder for Darren Clarke.
Justin Rose playing one of those fancy little shots from the edge of
the green and trundling up to the side of the hole for a safe three.
Oh, look out! Oh, what a good try. What a splendid try. But it didn't
drop. Those two putts to win the match. A mere formality, one would
think. He's certainly not going to charge this down the hill, just let
it tickled down the hill. That will do, thank you very much. Thank you
very much for the game. CHEERING
A sad end for Europe. They had their chances but they've lost a couple of
very important points. It makes tomorrow's worked very difficult.
HAZEL IRVINE: You got yourself within one point at
lunchtime. Is there a sense of deflation at the way it's gone this
afternoon. We'd been hoping for a lot better but the teams have come
back from further behind so the guys will be disappointed that they
didn't do a little bit better this afternoon but it's not over yet.
Amount is not as high as the one faced in joiner, you are right. How
do you pick up your team and what will be the message this evening?
With the team here, they don't need picking up. They will know and
understand they have a challenge tomorrow but I'm sure they'll be up
for it. I won't have to do too much lifting tonight. With we saw some
wonder golf today, but how quickly the overall storyline has changed,
with every passing session. How do you read it? After going 4-0 down in
the opening session, Europe had their backs to the walls and today
they ebbed back until it became six and a half points -- 6.5-5.5 and you
thought the afternoon play would be critical. Rory Arnold Pieters played
wonderful golf, the last few matches were critical and it looks nip and
tuck. Eventually we lost all three. I don't know how it happened. The
Americans played wonderful golf, particularly Patrick Reed, superb.
Disappointing to be three points behind going into the single. I
didn't expect that but there was a mountain to climb after a poor
start. One or two of the guys who played all four matches began to
look ragged. It will be interesting to see how the fatigue begins to
play in tomorrow's singles. This is the fascination. We have right off
the back the match we all wanted to see, Patrick Reed against map --
Rory Rory McIlroy. Rory has been superb, Patrick Reed won the match
virtually single-handed. Fatigue will be a factor. Europe have to be
on their money. They can't let anything slip away because the US
only need five points. Five European players will have played all five
matches, which I spoke to Darren Clarke about an two for the United
States, Reed and Spieth, and they are our first. Davis Love is the man
who was in charge at Medina and he's seen his team lose from four points
behind. He is naturally cautious, a little, here? That's quite good for
Europe and I see them fairly even Stevens. What Davis Love would like
to see one of its best players against someone not quite in form.
Europe need to have one of those days and this time the European side
isn't quite as strong as the US. They have a mountain to climb but it
is possible because we've seen it They have a mountain to climb but it
is possible because we've seen it happen before. Isil Ian Poulter
walking past and he said hey, we are in a better position than we were in
mid-ISO he still believes, that's for sure. You can see the singles
matches on Sunday evening from 11pm, the final 12 singles matches and it
will be repeated on Monday evening from BBC Two. It will be live on
Radio Five Live from four o'clock on Sunday. So much to look forward to.
The United States, 9.5-6.5 in front, I'm not sure if we're quite in
miracle country but Europe certainly need to produce some magic in
Minnesota. In a word, is the comeback possible with six rookies
in this side and the way things have gone so far? If they win here it
will be a greater thing than winning in a diner. It was a tough day but
it's always possible, a Ryder Cup always brings up something special.
It certainly will and I hope you will share it with us. In the
meantime we will draw breath and get ready for 12 pulsating singles
matches. From is all here at Hazeltine National, it's goodbye.
# You love it # You love it when I lose control
# You'll love it when I get you on my own
# You love it when I lose control JOHNNY CASH: # You can run on for
Highlights from the second day's play at the 41st Ryder Cup, held at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, USA.
Europe took command on day two of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles with a dominant performance in the foursomes which took them into a 10-6 lead and within sight of a third consecutive overall victory.