Europe has 5-point lead over USA heading into singles: How the Americans got back in the Ryder Cup

by Joanne Miller

Team Europe is in a commanding position heading into the final day of the Ryder Cup, with a 10 1/2 – 5 1/2 lead over Team USA. The European team dominated the Saturday foursomes session, winning it 3-1. Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Åberg recorded the largest margin of victory in any 18-hole match in Ryder Cup history, defeating Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka 9&7. However, Team USA fought back in the Saturday four-ball session, securing three points. Sam Burns and Collin Morikawa led the charge with a 4&3 victory over Hovland and Åberg. Max Homa and Brian Harman also contributed to the American team’s success with a 2&1 win against Tommy Fleetwood and Nicolai Højgaard. Additionally, Patrick Cantlay’s birdies on the final two holes secured a 1-up victory over Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick.

Despite these victories, the American team struggled overall, as the supposed big guns like Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth failed to secure any points. Scheffler and Koepka’s loss to Hovland and Åberg was the worst defeat in Ryder Cup history. The American team won only four full points from the 16 matches played on Saturday.

Team Europe needs four points to clinch victory in the Ryder Cup, while Team USA requires 8 1/2 points to retain the title.

The Americans’ fightback in the Saturday afternoon session was a welcome sight for their fans. Burns and Morikawa displayed a fighting spirit, defeating Hovland and Åberg with aggressive play. Homa and Harman also contributed with their second win of the day. Cantlay’s victory with birdies on the final two holes created an exhilarating moment, especially after his hatless protest against player payment.

The Sunday singles pairings have been announced, and the matches promise an exciting finish to the Ryder Cup. The Americans will need a remarkable comeback to overturn Europe’s significant lead. The European team will be aiming to maintain their momentum and secure the four points needed for victory.

Overall, the Ryder Cup has provided thrilling moments, unexpected victories, and surprises. Fans of both teams can look forward to an intense final day of competition as Team Europe looks to reclaim the trophy, while Team USA fights to retain it.

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