Day 2 scores and results as Rahm extends Europe’s lead and afternoon pairings announced

by Joanne Miller

In a stunning display of dominance, Norway’s Viktor Hovland and Swede Ludvig Aberg delivered a historic victory for Europe in the second foursomes of the morning at the 2023 Ryder Cup. They defeated American duo Scottie Scheffler and Brookes Koepka by the largest margin in modern Ryder Cup history, with a resounding 9&7 win, surpassing the previous record of 7&6.

The morning began with Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood battling it out against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. In a fierce competition, McIlroy and Fleetwood came out on top with a 2&1 victory, adding another point to Europe’s lead. Max Homa and Brian Harman secured the first win for the US, defeating Sepp Straka and Shane Lowry 4&2. However, Jon Rahm’s almost-hole-in-one on the 17th ensured another point for Europe, extending their lead to 9½-2½ going into the afternoon fourballs.

The afternoon fourball pairings were announced, with Hovland and Aberg set to face Burns and Morikawa, Fleetwood and Hojgaard taking on Homa and Harman, Rose and MacIntyre going against Thomas and Spieth, and Fitzpatrick and McIlroy challenging Cantlay and Clark.

As the day progressed, Rahm and Hatton faced a tight match against Schauffele and Cantlay. Rahm came close to a hole-in-one on the 17th, but ultimately, he and Hatton secured a 2&1 victory, adding another point for Europe.

The match between McIlroy and Fleetwood against Spieth and Thomas became an intense battle. Fleetwood missed a crucial putt to win, but McIlroy saved the day with a clutch eight-foot putt, securing the victory for Europe.

In the final match of the day, Homa and Harman chipped in for a win against Lowry and Straka, giving the US their first point of the day.

Europe’s dominant performance on day two of the Ryder Cup showcased the team’s strength and skill. With a commanding lead of 6½-1½ after day one, Europe continued to overpower the US, extending their lead even further. The impressive victory by Hovland and Aberg highlighted the team’s determination and unwavering focus.

As the Ryder Cup moves into the final day, Europe will look to maintain their momentum and secure a decisive victory over the US. The stage is set for an exhilarating conclusion to this historic tournament.

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