Europe needs a quick start, but it is the United States that gets it. From the center of the fairway, Koepka sends his wedge to six feet, then Berger directs the curling iron from right to left to birdie. Rahm could only blow the green from the fairway bunker, and Sergio’s chip never seemed to drop.
1UP Koepka / Berger v Rahm / Garcia (1)
United States 6-2 Europe
Blog friend David Tindall has kindly added up yesterday’s points per player. It’s a grim read if you’re from Europe and anywhere other than Spain.
- 2 – Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson
- 1.5 – Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm
- 1 – Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Sergio García
- 0.5 – Bryson DeChambeau, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland
- 0 – Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Bernd Wiesberger, Lee Westwood
Also Jordan Spieth should get a bonus point for that borderline psychedelic glow shot at 17, sending the ball miles into the air while hanging off the side of a cliff, landing six feet off the pin, and finally defying gravity by putting on the brakes. just before the momentum threatened to sink him into Lake Michigan. The whole trip. But that’s another discussion altogether.
The first game comes to work. Lots of chants from the stands, lots of laughter on the tee. Delighted to see Padraig Harrington having fun and sharing a joke with his old enemy Sergio Garcia. Meanwhile, Tony Finau swings to give Brooks Koepka some support, hitting Henrik Stenson with his fist with one hand and a paper bag in the other. What’s in the bag? Your breakfast, most likely. It’s early. PB&J with the crusts cut off? It’s Sergio, who goes out with Jon Rahm, to strike the first blow … and he throws one directly into a bunker to the left. Daniel Berger, alternating with Brooks Koepka this morning, smokes one in half. Then they go!
Good morning Kohler!
Welcome to our live coverage of the second day of the 2020 Ryder Cup. Here are the pairings for this morning’s foursomes (with all start times in BST):
1:05 pm: Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger against Jon Rahm and Sergio García
1:21 PM: Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa vs. Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton
1:37 PM: Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth vs. Viktor Hovland and Bernd Weisberger
1.53pm: Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay vs. Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick
The United States was the boss of Europe yesterday, and the visitors need a great performance now. Anything other than a quick start will put Padraig Harrington’s team in all sorts of discomforts, and the momentum will land them a possibly fatal number. God hurry to everyone in blue, good luck to Steve Stricker’s redheads too, and may the best team win. Its on!
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