Rahm and Garcia lead Europe to the first point – .

Rahm and Garcia lead Europe to the first point – .

Couldn’t dream of a better day to start a Ryder Cup: radiant skies, gentle breezes, a pristine Whistling Straits golf course. Oh, and the crowd – up before dawn, chanting “Sweet Caroline” in the minutes leading up to game one – also made an impact. Cries of “USA!” Echoed throughout the Wisconsin campaign, but it was a formidable team from Europe that drew first blood in the first few foursome games. In the end, however, the United States won the last three matches of the morning round to take final, but by no means decisive, control of the Ryder Cup.

Jon Rahm/Sergio Garcia ont battu. Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth, 3&1

The world No.1 player verified his status with authority, beating the announced duo JT / Spieth with putt after putt long distance. Garcia held his end of the bargain and tied for the most victorious player in Ryder Cup history with Nick Faldo with the win, but that was just Rahm’s spectacle. He set up Garcia, 41, and followed Garcia’s graceful irons with precise work on the greens.

Rahm, the overwhelming favorite to be either team’s top scorer at +333 ahead of the tournament, proved the value of the bet:

The match featured one of the best shots in recent Ryder Cup history, as Jordan Spieth hit an almost vertical approach shot that knocked it down towards Lake Michigan but ended up a few meters from the hole.

Unfortunately for the US team, Thomas was unable to convert the short putt and Europe scored their first Ryder Cup point.

Total score: Europe 1, United States 0

Dustin Johnson / Collin Morikawa won. Paul Casey / Viktor Hovland, 3 & 2

It was a brilliant duo of US captain Steve Stricker, with Johnson’s cannon boom off the tee that matched Morikawa’s sterling iron game well. The Americans caught the first hole, gave up two straights on 3 and 4 to go down 1… then landed four runs on the next eight holes to put the Europeans on the ropes. From there it was only a matter of time. As for Rahm / Garcia on the European side, DJ / Morikawa were a formidable pair.

Note totale : Europe 1, USA 1

Patrick Cantlay / Xander Sc Chaudele beat. Rory McIlroy / Ian Poulter, 5 and 3

Weft. It was a direct trampling. Cantlay and ScHotele took advantage of the two European Ryder Cup legends to take a 5-hole lead in the first five holes. Neither McIlroy nor Poulter looked particularly sharp, and the duo didn’t even win a hole until the 10th. By then it was far too late and the Americans closed the Europeans on the 15th hole.

Total score: United States 2, Europe 1

Brooks Koepka / Daniel Berger beat. Lee Westwood / Matthew Fitzpatrick, 2 and 1

It was the tightest game in the field, with Koepka and Berger never quite able to put Westwood and Fitzpatrick in the rearview mirror. They traded shots on the top nine, even ending at three holes apiece. But then the Americans hit the gas and won three of the next seven holes to win the morning’s final game.

Total score: United States 3, Europe 1

KOHLER, WI – SEPTEMBER 24: Spaniard Jon Rahm and Team Europe and Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Team Europe on the first hole during AM Foursome matches for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on September 24, 2021 in Kohler, WI. (Photo by Montana Pritchard / PGA of America)


Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter at @jaybusbee or contact him at [email protected]


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