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“Super proud” Bryson DcChambeau on Team USA’s performance in the opening day of Ryder Cup

Follow all the action as Team USA take an imposing 9-3 lead over Team Europe into the afternoon fourballs on the second day of the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

After the USA dominated the opening day, Padraig Harrington’s side already had a mountain to climb but the hosts continued their supremacy to extend their lead after the morning foursomes session. The Spanish pairing of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were the long bright spark for Europe as they fought back from three down through their first three holes to win the opening match of the day against Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, but that was followed by a sea of red as Steve Stricker’s side turned the tide on the back nine in the two closing matches.

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth defeated the rookie pair of Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger after Europe held a three-hole lead through six, before Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay also turned around a tight match to defeat Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick. World No 2 Dustin Johnson picked up his third point of the week alongside Open champion Collin Morikawa as they held off a late fightback from Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton.

Team Europe will realistically need to sweep the afternoon session in order to stand a chance in Sunday’s singles. Rory McIlroy returns to the line-up alongside Ian Poulter but faces a tough test against the unbeaten Johnson and Morikawa, while Tommy Fleetwood also resumes his partnership with Hovland. Rahm and Garcia aim to continue their unbeaten start against Koepka and Spieth in a must-win match.

Follow all the latest updates below live:


Ryder Cup 2021: Johnson & Morikawa vs McIlroy vs Poulter A/S

A high-quality start at the first for the final group. Poulter drains a long birdie putt and he loved that. ‘The Postman’ has a point to prove today. But Johnson has an answer, his birdie putt just catching the lip and falling, despite the wind desperately attempting to blow it in the other direction.

Tom Kershaw25 September 2021 19:30


Ryder Cup 2021: Scheffler & DeChambeau vs Fleetwood & Hovland A/S

There’s a bit of tension up at the first green with DeChambeau made to putt a very short one for a half. He does so and then insinuates his displeasure by using his putter as a measuring stick. His putter is, of course, elongated with a handle akin to a baseball bat, though, so it’s not a particularly fair comparison.

Tom Kershaw25 September 2021 19:27


Ryder Cup 2021: Finau & English vs Lowry & Hatton 1UP

English makes a mess of the par-5 2nd and finds the water, but Finau is able to get down in par. A poor hole by the American pair and Lowry takes full advantage! He rolls in a huge birdie putt from the fringe and lets out a huge roar and first pump.

Tom Kershaw25 September 2021 19:21


Ryder Cup 2021: Finau & English vs Lowry & Hatton A/S

At the par-3 third, both English and Hatton miss the green with their tee shots and find themselves down the steep bank to the left.

Finau’s shot is short but Lowry continues his fine start and he finds the back of the green and is perhaps 10 feet or so of the pin.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 19:08


Ryder Cup 2021: Scheffler & DeChambeau vs Fleetwood & Hovland

We’re underway in the third match of the afternoon session, but Scheffler and DeChambeau have both found trouble on the left of the fairway. DeChambeau is in the rough while Scheffler is in a hole in the bunker – which is why Hovland’s drive down the middle of the fairway is all the more important.

Advantage Europe on the first.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 19:04


Ryder Cup 2021: Finau & English vs Lowry & Hatton A/S

Harris English makes a tight approach with his third shot at the par-5 second, but Lowry responds with a wonderful bunker shot to put his ball to within three or four feet to match him and set up the birdie chance.

Both players then make their birdie putts and we stay level through two.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 18:58


Ryder Cup 2021: Koepka & Spieth vs Rahm & Garcia 1UP

Spieth can’t make the birdie putt and Europe take an early lead thanks to Jon Rahm’s stunning chip. Just the start Harrington called for.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 18:55


Ryder Cup 2021: Koepka & Spieth vs Rahm & Garcia

Magic from Rahm. He nestles his pitch to within a foot of the hole at the first to set up an certain birdie for Europe.

Spieth leaves himself plenty of work to do with his approach, which runs eight feet or so past the pin, although it’s still closer than Koepka’s.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 18:53


Ryder Cup 2021: ‘The guys know what they have to do’

Europe captain Padraig Harrington speaking to Sky Sports:

“It was going well. We were down in the top match and we turned it around. At that point we were ahead in a couple of other matches. The USA played very well and made the right putts at the right times – but it could have gone either way.

“The guys are pumped up and they know what they have to do – so let’s get at it. We want to get early blue on the board and reduce the lead. If we can do that, anything can happen in the singles.”

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 18:50


Ryder Cup 2021: Koepka & Spieth vs Rahm & Garcia

Garcia’s drive goes left into the ugly rough at the side of the fairway, but Rahm is able to find the short stuff short of the green.

Koepka’s booming drives go way right before Spieth ensures that he joins Rahm on the fairway.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 18:47

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