Justin Rose and Robert MacIntyre were the only European duo to secure a point in the Saturday afternoon session of the Ryder Cup four-ball. They defeated Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, avoiding an American sweep.
This pairing has been key for Team Europe as they also scored a half point in the four-ball session on Friday. MacIntyre expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to play alongside Rose, acknowledging that he had disappointed him on the previous day. However, he was determined to make up for it and was glad to contribute to their victory.
Rose, being a six-time Ryder Cup veteran, recognized the importance of Saturday’s match and used his experience to motivate MacIntyre. He believed that taking control of the match was crucial, and when their opponents missed the fairway at the 12th hole, Rose urged his partner to capitalize on the opportunity.
Despite a momentary lapse where both players let their opponents off the hook at the 12th hole, Rose described Spieth and Thomas as elusive opponents who are tough to beat. However, he knew that by pushing MacIntyre and maintaining their focus, they could come out on top.
MacIntyre, a rookie for Team Europe, had to contend with nerves throughout the week but learned to channel them effectively. His impressive up-and-down from a plugged ball in the bunker on the 15th hole was a standout moment, as it helped secure the Europeans’ 3-up advantage with three holes remaining. Rose’s birdie on the 16th ultimately sealed the victory for their team.
Looking ahead to Sunday, MacIntyre will be the last European to tee off, facing Wyndham Clark, while Rose will take on Patrick Cantlay. Considering their strong performance thus far, Team Europe can have confidence in their ability to contribute valuable points in the singles matches.
In conclusion, Justin Rose and Robert MacIntyre’s partnership has proven to be a key asset for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup. Their chemistry, combined with Rose’s experience and MacIntyre’s determination, has resulted in crucial points for their team. The duo’s success in the four-ball sessions highlights their ability to perform under pressure and contribute to their team’s overall performance in the tournament.