Americans seize early edge chasing rare European win in Ryder Cup

Calvin Saunders
September 29, 2018

Koepka, a three-time major victor who is playing in his first Ryder Cup, signed a glove and gave it to the woman.

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose vs. Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

The fan lay on the ground after American golfer Brooks Koepka's opening shot at the sixth hole of the tournament veered off target and struck her just above the eye.

Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren vs. Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau.

Woods was not in the United States lineup for the afternoon foursomes.

McIlroy and Ian Poulter, who sat out the fourballs, have slipped to 2-down against Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson after five holes of the foursomes at Le Golf National.

Europe's most successful pairing on Friday was Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, who went 2-0 on the day.

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No shot resonated more across Le Golf National than Tony Finau's at the par-three 16th.

Brooks Koepka and Tonu Finau led off for Team USA, and Finau's adrenaline was certainly pumping as he hit a three-iron off the tee which travelled over 300 yards and would have toppled into the water had it not been for the wooden sleeper surrounds on the left of the fairway. There was no fairytale comeback for Tiger Woods, however, on his return after missing the last two Ryder Cups as he and Patrick Reed lost 3 and 1 to Molinari and Fleetwood.

Reed played all five matches at Hazeltine two years ago and went 3-1-1 in the US victory.

Asked if he would work on any aspect of his game ahead of Day 2, Woods, whose Ryder Cup win-loss-halve record now reads 13-18-3, replied: "I'm not going to work on anything".

In a flawless world both Mickelson-DeChambeau and Simpson-Watson - who are 0-2-0 in foursomes play when teamed together compared to 2-0-0 as a fourball team - would have been better served in the morning format, but then that wasn't the plan.

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, teammates again in France, seized control early when Spieth holed putts and chips. Rose found the water on his second shot; Rahm missed the green with his approach and his 20-foot par putt failed to drop.

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