09/26/2021 at 2:42 AM CEST
The European team has barely a thread of life in the defense of the Ryder Cup against the United States (11-5) ahead of the last day this Sunday, the singles match, after a Saturday again for the hosts at Whistling Straits.
The Americans extended their advantage in the morning (9-3) in the ‘foursomes’, where again the Spanish duo formed by Jon rahm and Sergio garcia was the only one who added for Europa, and in the afternoon they prevented the blue reaction. The Basque and the Castellón came back together and beat Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth.
Sergio, extending the record for victories (25) and points (28.5), and a Rahm who fired up on holes 15 and 16 to win (2 and 1) the game to number one in the world, They cut distances just like Shane Lowry, with a tremendous celebration on the 18th, and Tyrrell Hatton beating (1 up) Tony Finau and Harris English.
However, luxury debutants Scottie Scheffler and Collin Morikawa they threw their matches on their backs, along with Bryson Dechambeau and Dustin Johnson, to give that ample income to the United States. Scheffler broke into the last holes for 3 and 1 against Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland and Morikawa was just perfect against erratic Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy (4 and 3).
Europe needed a reaction in the ‘fourballs’ that escaped in the last holes, to change the dynamic that followed this Saturday morning, and of which only Rahm and Sergio were spared, after tracing the first point of the day this time against Koepka and Daniel Berger by 3 and 1. However, from behind they did not accompany the good news in the other three games in the morning.
The European captain, Padraig Harrington, was clear that the first point would be in good with the Spanish, but the 6-3 took little time to open. Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa, another perfect couple, defeated Paul Casey, unable to get more out of his game, and a Tyrrel Hatton who did not follow the good line of his last holes yesterday.
The other two parties were also American, with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth very grown to come back (2 above) to Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger; and Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay beating Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick (2 and 1).
The script was American at the close of Ryder’s second day and Europe only has to fight to the end, knowing that miracles exist in sport. It happened in the 2012 Ryder in Medinah, although then the Europeans came back 10-6 on Sunday, and that epic is already clinging to Harrington’s team.