Day 2 scores and updates as McIlroy-Fleetwood battle Spieth-Thomas in foursomes

Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood proceed their partnership this morning in Rome, however they face a stiff take a look at towards a longtime Ryder Cup pairing in USA’s Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth within the first match of the morning.

Europe earned a historic 6½-1½ in a single day lead with an astonishing show of dominance at Marco Simone Golf Membership yesterday, having clean-swept the morning’s foursomes, and so it was no shock when captain Luke Donald threw out the very same 4 pairings right this moment.

Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg proceed their Scandinavian bromance in match two towards the heavyweight mixture of Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka. Shane Lowry and Sepp Straka then resume their partnership towards Max Homa and Brian Harman, who struggled yesterday. Lastly Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton will tackle Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay to shut out the morning foursomes.

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Ryder Cup 2023 – day two

  • Europe lead 6½-1½ after USA toil on day one

  • Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (13)

  • Match 2 consequence: Hovland-Aberg beat Scheffler-Koepka 9&7

  • Match 3: Lowry-Straka v Homa-Harman 3UP (12)

  • Match 4: 2UP Rahm-Hatton v Schauffele-Cantlay (10)

Match 3: Lowry-Straka v Homa-Harman 3UP (12)

09:37 , Lawrence Ostlere

Lowry misses his birdie and putt and that’s three holes in a row for the People. They’ll win a Ryder Cup level, I feel.

Match 4: 2UP Rahm-Hatton v Schauffele-Cantlay (10)

09:36 , Lawrence Ostlere

Schauffele misses with a trickly downhill putt after Hatton had simply missed his mid-ranger, and that halves the opening.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka v Homa-Harman 2UP (11)

09:34 , Lawrence Ostlere

Max Homa virtually buries an eagle! His excessive draw into the par-five twelfth inexperienced rolls to only a few inches from the cup. That will likely be a birdie. Sepp Straka throws out a great reply, and Lowry will no less than have a 15 foot try at birdie himself.

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (13)

09:32 , Lawrence Ostlere

Each Fleetwood and Spieth discover the tough down the left of the par-four 14th gap. McIlroy has a difficult stance impinged by a bunker and may solely discover extra tough, and Thomas takes benefit, lashing USA on to the entrance of the inexperienced. An enormous likelihood to get again to just one down for the primary time because the second gap.

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (13)

09:28 , Lawrence Ostlere

Ooof, one other large second and a small win for the US, as Spieth drains a 20-footer for birdie on the par-three thirteenth after Thomas’s good tee shot. They lower Europe’s result in two up.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka v Homa-Harman 2UP (11)

09:25 , Lawrence Ostlere

Homa capitalises on a stunning Harman chip to assert the eleventh. For the primary time all day, a US workforce goes two up.

Match 4: 2UP Rahm-Hatton v Schauffele-Cantlay (9)

09:23 , Lawrence Ostlere

Cantlay and Schauffele win one again on the ninth to achieve the flip two all the way down to Rahm and Hatton. The US are nonetheless preventing out right here.

Match 1: 3UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (12)

09:19 , Lawrence Ostlere

A superb putt by Spieth halves the par-five twelfth as each pairs make eagles. They’re taking part in some great things now, it’s only a pity – from the perspective of the competition – that the American duo obtained off to such a nasty begin.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka v Homa-Harman 1UP (10)

09:16 , Lawrence Ostlere

The one US pairing that appear to be in inside an opportunity of successful a match this morning is Max Homa and Brian Harman. Lowry splashes out from the bunker nevertheless it wanted to go in, and Europe concede the tenth. The US return to at least one up.

Match 2 consequence: Hovland-Aberg beat Scheffler-Koepka 9&7

09:13 , Lawrence Ostlere

Scheffler and Koepka make yet another mess of yet another gap, chipping on and off the eleventh inexperienced, then again on, then lastly conceding the match to lose 9&7. That’s extraordinary. What a efficiency by Hovland and Aberg, but additionally… what a efficiency by Scheffler and Koepka. Astonishingly dangerous. It’s not simply the loss however the method of it, by two alphas of the US workforce, which goes to harm American confidence even additional.

Match 4: 3UP Rahm-Hatton v Schauffele-Cantlay (8)

09:07 , Lawrence Ostlere

Schauffele performs a fragile chip on the ninth inexperienced however he can’t gap it, and that will likely be a par. The Europeans have a six foot putt for birdie and Hatton nails it. Three up.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka A/S Homa-Harman (9)

09:05 , Lawrence Ostlere

Lowry finds the water off the tenth tee and Harman finds the golf green. The US merely should win this match.

Match 1: 3UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (11)

09:04 , Lawrence Ostlere

Rory McIlroy hits a shocking strategy to the eleventh inexperienced, and Fleetwood steams within the eagle putt!

“Let’s f*****g go!” shouts McIlroy. Three up, once more.

Match 2: 8UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (10)

09:01 , Lawrence Ostlere

That is unimaginable. Aberg and Hovland are eight up with eight to play.

Johnson with a sympathetic pat on the shoulder of Koepka.

Scheffler’s par putt received’t flip sufficient and Europe go proper up!

That is brutal, Aberg laps up the second, a star is born right here and he picks out every Swedish fan, giving them a fist pump. A humbling expertise for the world No1 and the 5 time main champion. The stuff of nightmares that may go away scar tissue heading to Bethpage Black.

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (10)

09:00 , Lawrence Ostlere

McIlroy and Fleetwood have made a multitude of two of the previous three holes, and they’re again to solely two up after 10 holes.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka A/S Homa-Harman (9)

08:59 , Lawrence Ostlere

An replace: the US not have pink on the board. Homa with an amazing effort, nevertheless it lips out, and they’re all sq. going to the again 9.

Match 2: 7UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (9)

08:57 , Lawrence Ostlere

From Jack Rathborn, out on the course at Marco Simone Golf Membership:

Koepka drives into the thick stuff, and Scheffler can solely chunk this one out and chase one down the golf green.

Hovland and Aberg getting ready to victory right here and the Norwegian’s sweetly struck iron brings an opportunity to maneuver to eight up, with eight to play. A demoralising victory is in sight.

Ryder Cup 2023 – day two

08:56 , Lawrence Ostlere

A bit right here on Group Europe’s new Scandinavian bromance, which we’re calling Hovberg:

The Scandinavian bromance on the beating coronary heart of Europe’s Ryder Cup

Match 3: Lowry-Straka v Homa-Harman 1UP (8)

08:49 , Lawrence Ostlere

Have a look at this… the US are one up! Pink on the board!

Match 2: 7UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (9)

08:47 , Lawrence Ostlere

Scottie Scheffler has a wedge from the trodden grass to halve the opening – unsurpisingly, he doesn’t make it. Hovland and Aberg are seven up on the flip. Hovberg are the brand new Molinari.

Match 4: 2UP Rahm-Hatton v Schauffele-Cantlay (6)

08:42 , Lawrence Ostlere

Rahm and Hatton have birdied the sixth gap they usually transfer two up. That’s a blow for the US in a uncommon match they’d been competing fairly nicely in.

Match 2: 6UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (8)

08:41 , Lawrence Ostlere

Brooks Koepka hooks his strategy to the ninth inexperienced into the stream working up the left. What on earth is happening? Aberg finds the sting of the inexperienced and this could possibly be all wrapped up on the eleventh or twelfth inexperienced.

Match 1: 3UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (9)

08:37 , Lawrence Ostlere

From Jack Rathborn, out on the course at Marco Simone Golf Membership:

McIlroy with a wedge to arrange a birdie on 9 which might develop into the knockout blow. Spieth chopper out of the tough with the USA’s second and Thomas couldn’t save them this time. Again to a few up and McIlroy roars on the crowd who reply in variety to cheer them onto the tenth tee. A great distance again for Spieth and Thomas now.

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (8)

08:34 , Lawrence Ostlere

McIlroy pitches his wedge superbly by the flag earlier than it spins again to about six toes. Thomas and Spieth have gotten themselves in some hassle because of Spieth’s wild tee shot, and that’s going to be one other gap the Europeans. For the US it’s momentum gained, momentum given away.

Match 4: 1UP Rahm-Hatton v Schauffele-Cantlay (5)

08:32 , Lawrence Ostlere

We aren’t seeing many photos from this match in the intervening time, however each groups have birdied the fifth gap and Europe stay one up.

Match 2: 6UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (8)

08:31 , Lawrence Ostlere

Koepka and Scheffler concede that mess of an eighth gap they usually stroll to the ninth tee six down. Unbelievable.

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (8)

08:30 , Lawrence Ostlere

Forward on the ninth, Fleetwood hacks out from the tough on to the golf green, from the place McIlroy could have a wedge strategy from maybe 100 yards or much less.

Match 2: 5UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (7)

08:28 , Lawrence Ostlere

Koepka and Scheffler are having a torrid time on the eighth after Koepka’s wild tee shot. Scheffler spins a wedge inside 10 toes however Europe are already there with two putts to win one other gap…

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (8)

08:26 , Lawrence Ostlere

Rory McIlroy will not be fairly on it but right this moment. His drive on the par-five ninth bounces into the tough on the proper.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka A/S Homa-Harman (6)

08:24 , Lawrence Ostlere

Lowry and Straka strike again instantly with a birdie on the sixth gap, and they’re again to all sq..

Match 4: 1UP Rahm-Hatton v Schauffele-Cantlay (4)

08:23 , Lawrence Ostlere

Hatton slots a pleasant five-foot putt to share the par-three fourth gap. Europe keep one up.

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (8)

08:21 , Lawrence Ostlere

Fleetwood and Spieth each hit good wedges inside 10 toes of the flag on the eighth inexperienced. But McIlroy misses his par putt on the eighth – that’s two he’s missed in brief vary. An enormous second for Thomas… he celebrates because the ball drops. An enormous second to win again a bit of momentum.

Match 2: 5UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (7)

08:17 , Lawrence Ostlere

Aberg cracks a shocking drive proper down the center of the eighth fairway; Koepka bombs his out left into no man’s land. That is unbelievable.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka A/S Homa-Harman (5)

08:16 , Lawrence Ostlere

Max Homa can’t make a par putt on the sixth inexperienced after a beautiful pitch by Harman, and the Europeans degree issues up in match three.

Match 2: 5UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (7)

08:13 , Lawrence Ostlere

Aberg has a long-ish putt to win the seventh gap however leaves it simply quick: par. Scheffler has a 4 foot putt to halve it, which he makes. However the US are 5 down by way of seven.

Match 1: 3UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (7)

08:10 , Lawrence Ostlere

From Jack Rathborn, out on the course at Marco Simone Golf Membership:

A dart from JT off the seventh, simply what he wanted after an abomination of a gap for the USA, he’s inside McIlroy. Fleetwood’s close to miss affords an opportunity for an additional bounce again alternative for the People.

Spieth, desperately looking for a spark, one thing to say to his companion, “I’ve obtained you.” However the jeers quickly come as this one drifts on. Likelihood spurned, ‘Fleetwood Mac’ head to the eighth, three up.

Match 4: 1UP Rahm-Hatton v Schauffele-Cantlay (3)

08:08 , Lawrence Ostlere

A sluggish begin in match 4 – each pairs make bogey on the third to halve the opening. Europe stay one up.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka v Homa-Harman 1UP (5)

08:07 , Lawrence Ostlere

Lowry misses his par putt and the People retake the lead in match three, placing some pink again on the scoreboard.

Match 2: 5UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (6)

08:03 , Lawrence Ostlere

Koepka doesn’t make his putt on the sixth inexperienced – however Aberg does! He pumps his fist as the group erupts. What a efficiency. Europe are 5 up by way of six towards US’s heavyweight duo.

Match 2: 4UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (5)

07:59 , Lawrence Ostlere

Aberg and Koepka each hit beautiful tee photographs up the sixth fairway, and Scheffler follows it with a crisp wedge shot which bites and spins to about 10 toes. Over to Hovland… it’s even higher! Beautiful.

Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg are at it again at the Ryder Cup (AP)

Match 1: 3UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (6)

07:57 , Lawrence Ostlere

There was a prolonged dialog between Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and the foundations officers within the tough of the sixth gap. Thomas claims the ball is “embedded” within the floor, that means he would get a free drop. That’s laborious to consider, because it landed in lengthy grass, not mud or unfastened soil. The foundations officers reject that suggestion, Thomas can’t get the ball out with a whack, and Europe go three up as soon as extra.

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (5)

07:53 , Lawrence Ostlere

From Jack Rathborn, out on the course at Marco Simone Golf Membership:

A cuddle from Francesco Molinari for the opposite member of ‘Moliwood’ after Fleetwood smokes one off the sixth tee. Jordan Spieth says “good shot” after a horrible tee shot of his personal, it barely lined 225 yards and it’s within the thick stuff, a scramble to seek out it behind. Momentum for the USA could possibly be quick lived after a present on the final from Europe.

Match 4: 1UP Rahm-Hatton v Schauffele-Cantlay (2)

07:52 , Lawrence Ostlere

And that’s as a result of Rahm and Hatton have taken benefit of a bogey by Cantlay-Schauffele on the second gap. Europe are completely flying this morning.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka A/S Homa-Harman (4)

07:51 , Lawrence Ostlere

They share pars on the par-three fourth. Nonetheless all sq. in the one match the US aren’t but down in.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka A/S Homa-Harman (2)

07:47 , Lawrence Ostlere

On the third, Homa goes shut with a long-range putt and Europe could have an opportunity to win the opening… Straka makes it from six toes after a beautiful Lowry strategy. All sq..

Match 2: 4UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (4)

07:42 , Lawrence Ostlere

Wow – Ludvig Aberg virtually hits a hole-in-one! His strategy to the par-three fourth inexperienced is ideal, ending only a few inches wanting the opening. Scheffler doesn’t get fairly that shut, Koepka misses the putt and Europe are 4 up by way of 4. Hovberg are motoring.

Match 2: 3UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (3)

07:40 , Lawrence Ostlere

Scheffler and Koepka matkke a complete mess of the par-four third, with the latter chipping too firmly and leaving his companion a protracted putt, which he doesn’t make. Hovland sinks his quick putt after a beautiful Aberg chip, and Europe go three up.

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (5)

07:38 , Lawrence Ostlere

Up on the par-four fifth inexperienced, Fleetwood virtually holes a fiddly chip! It lips out. Spieth then leaves his chip quick, and complains {that a} digicam affected him in his backswing. Thomas will putt for birdie from off the inexperienced – and he makes it! Good. He’ll make McIlroy putt from 4 toes for the half… and he misses. Wow, what a swing in momentum there. The US cut back the European lead in match one to 2 up.

Match 4: Rahm-Hatton A/S Schauffele-Cantlay (1)

07:34 , Lawrence Ostlere

A sluggish birdie putt by Cantlay on the primary gap means the US accept a par, and that’s halved.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka v Homa-Harman 1UP (2)

07:32 , Lawrence Ostlere

The US get some pink on the board! Lowry misses his birdie putt on the second gap, however Harman makes no mistake from eight toes.

Match 2: 2UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (2)

07:30 , Lawrence Ostlere

Aberg misses the inexperienced on his strategy to the third – it’s a barely nervy begin from the Swedish rookie, because it was yesterday. Benefit USA there, though they’re two down.

Match 1: 3UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (4)

07:28 , Lawrence Ostlere

Spieth rolls in a brief putt to share a par with Fleetwood Mac. Lastly the US cease the rot, on gap 4.

Ryder Cup 2023 – day two

07:23 , Lawrence Ostlere

Europe’s domination is exceptional once more this morning:

Match 2: 2UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (2)

07:22 , Lawrence Ostlere

Hovland rolls in for a par, and Europe are two up already by way of two.

Match 1: 3UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (3)

07:19 , Lawrence Ostlere

Wow – on the third inexperienced, Speith sends his putt by the proper facet of the opening and Europe are three up by way of three. I don’t have the stats handy, however the proportion of matches received from that place within the Ryder Cup should be extremely low.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka A/S Homa-Harman (1)

07:17 , Lawrence Ostlere

The 2 groups share pars and the primary gap is halved.

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (2)

07:17 , Lawrence Ostlere

Thomas hits a beautiful chip from the tough on the third and Speith could have a 10ft putt for par. McIlroy simply misses his birdie putt, and Spieth might want to make his to halve.

Match 2: 1UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (1)

07:13 , Lawrence Ostlere

On the second, Koepka places Scheffler within the fairway however the world No 1 booms his strategy over the inexperienced. Hovland additionally hits by way of the inexperienced, although Aberg’s chip will likely be a lot simpler than Koepka’s.

Match 2: 1UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (1)

07:11 , Lawrence Ostlere

From Jack Rathborn, out on the course at Marco Simone Golf Membership:

Europe are two up! It’s occurring once more, Mcilroy and Fleetwood out the traps quick.

Fleetwood stands up in a rush together with his birdie putt, turning to his companion earlier than the ball drops. Theatre! Issues already for Thomas and Spieth, who don’t grasp round earlier than striding to the third.

Match 3: Lowry-Straka v Homa-Harman

07:09 , Lawrence Ostlere

Shane Lowry steps on to the primary, arms waving, urging the European followers. Max Homa hits precisely the identical shot as the 2 People earlier than him, slicing proper into the tough. Europe bomb straight down the center of the primary fairway, as soon as extra.

Match 2: 1UP Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka (1)

07:07 , Lawrence Ostlere

Aberg holds his nerve, draining the quick putt and wagging a celebratory finger. Europe go one up.

Match 1: 2UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (2)

07:05 , Lawrence Ostlere

Spieth rolls his putt near the opening, however Thomas received’t get the possibility to complete it off: Fleetwood has a difficult downhill putt from possibly 20 toes however he makes it! The group roars. Fleetwood Mac are already two up by way of two holes!

Match 2: Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka

07:03 , Lawrence Ostlere

After America’s shambolic begin to this second match, Europe have two putts to win it. Hovland has a difficult, bending putt which he leaves his companion Aberg a knee-knocker from about 4 toes for the win.

Match 1: 1UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (1)

07:02 , Lawrence Ostlere

On the second gap, Spieth’s drive finds tough on the left however Thomas does brilliantly to drill a low shot scuttling down the golf green and on to the inexperienced. It will have maybe ended up near the opening had it not bumped over a sprinkler. McIlroy fires his strategy to the again of the inexperienced they usually’re each on the quick grass in two photographs.

Match 2: Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka

06:59 , Lawrence Ostlere

Koepka gouges one out of the tough and hits a tree – it’s early days nevertheless it’s laborious to think about how this could possibly be going any worse for America. Aberg sticks his strategy on the again of the primary inexperienced.

Match 2: Hovland-Aberg v Scheffler-Koepka

06:55 , Lawrence Ostlere

This one goes to be enjoyable. The environment is ferocious down on the primary tee. Scheffler goes first and copies Thomas virtually identically, slicing his ball out into the proper tough. Hovland follows with probably the greatest drives I’ve seen this week on the primary gap, working up the proper facet and stopping on the golf green simply wanting the furthest bunker. Aberg could have a pleasant, quick strategy to the pin. Benefit Europe.

Match 1: 1UP McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas (1)

06:51 , Lawrence Ostlere

Spieth rolls his putt simply previous the opening – McIlroy rolls his shut and Fleetwood faucets in for Europe to go one up.

McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas

06:49 , Lawrence Ostlere

Thomas performs a pleasant wedge shot to about 10 toes, so Spieth and McIlroy could have related putts – however the US have performed an additional shot.

Again on the tee, Ludvig Aberg and Viktor Hovland have arrived. Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka are on their approach.

McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas

06:46 , Lawrence Ostlere

Spieth has 154 yards to the pin, which is tucked on the proper facet of this primary inexperienced, and he’ll play first. Fleetwood could have solely 125 yards, and from the left his angle is a lot better to assault the flag.

After a usually lengthy dialog together with his caddie, Spieth maps out his little lay-up, which finds the primary lower about 50 yards wanting the inexperienced.

Now Fleetwood: it’s good, launched into the center of the inexperienced, and McIlroy could have a putt of maybe 10 toes for birdie.

McIlroy-Fleetwood v Spieth-Thomas

06:40 , Lawrence Ostlere

Thomas over-fades his drive and finds the tough on the right-hand facet. Up steps Rory McIlroy… and he over-draws his a contact, discovering the tough on the left. Europe’s ball seems to be a bit of extra forgiving. Off they march.

Ryder Cup 2023 – day two

06:36 , Lawrence Ostlere

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are met with boos from the curved grandstand as they arrive on the primary tee. McIlroy and Fleetwood are launched to a ferocious roar and chants of “Europe! Europe!”. It’s practically time. Justin Thomas will kick us off.

Ryder Cup 2023 – day two

06:33 , Lawrence Ostlere

The gamers are out on the primary tee, surrounded by one other unimaginable environment this morning. Luke Donald has simply led a thunderclap…

The sights and sounds of Ryder Cup first tee ship pure sporting theatre

06:28 , Lawrence Ostlere

We’re lower than 10 minutes from the opening tee shot at Marco Simone.

Right here’s a better have a look at that second, surrounded by 5,000 delerious followers, by Jack Rathborn:

The sights and sounds of Ryder Cup first tee ship sporting theatre

Ryder Cup 2023 – day two

06:27 , Lawrence Ostlere

A reminder of this morning’s tee instances and pairings:

6:35am Foursomes match 1: Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy vs Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth

6:50am Foursomes match 2: Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg vs Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka

7:05am Foursomes match 3: Shane Lowry and Sepp Straka vs Max Homa and Brian Harman

7:20am Foursomes match 4: Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton vs Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay

USA affected by sickness, says Zach Johnson

06:22 , Lawrence Ostlere

American captain Zach Johnson mentioned sickness could have affected his gamers after Group USA did not register a single win within the opening eight matches for the primary time in Ryder Cup historical past.

Europe swept to an historic 4-0 lead within the morning foursomes, earlier than claiming one other win and three ties within the afternoon fourballs to carry a 6½ – 1½ benefit in a single day.

“We’ve obtained some congestion and a few indicators [of illness],” Johnson mentioned. “Issues like which might be unlucky, generally the power is a bit of low. However the capacity and want to exit and play remains to be there. Each one in all them desires to play each match.”

Zach Johnson speaks to the media after day one in Rome (Getty Images)

Hovland, Aberg and the Scandi bromance on the beating coronary heart of Europe’s Ryder Cup

06:15 , Lawrence Ostlere

A better have a look at Europe’s Scandinavian pairing in match two:

“Golf is simple while you’re taking part in with The Stud,” mentioned Viktor Hovland on the finish of his morning foursomes match, glancing up admiringly at his teammate. The Stud is Ludvig Aberg, the 23-year-old Swedish Ryder Cup rookie tipped to be the game’s subsequent large factor. He’s tall and slender, with chiseled options, sunken eyes and a disarming smile. And Hovland is true: he makes golf appear simple.

Aberg has been knowledgeable for under 4 months and has not but performed a significant. He didn’t even make the top-four most recognisable faces of their foursomes match towards America’s Max Homa and Brian Harman, with Novak Djokovic trailing them round Marco Simone Golf Membership. However after an edgy begin – “I used to be very nervous,” Aberg later admitted, and his legs turned to jelly “a number of instances” – he quickly settled into his Ryder Cup debut.

Full story:

The Scandinavian bromance on the beating coronary heart of Europe’s Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup 2023 – day two

06:09 , Lawrence Ostlere

The followers have simply been let into the grounds right here at Marco Simone Golf Membership, and there’s loads of noise being made already as McIlroy and Fleetwood work on the driving vary in entrance of a packed stand of followers. Lower than half an hour till it will get again below approach…

Justin Rose buoyant after essential late level

06:00 , Lawrence Ostlere

“It was the final putt of the day, the entire workforce round. Bobby [MacIntyre] and I labored so laborious all day to get one thing out of that.

“You have a look at the importance of the scoreboard and simply the very fact there was no pink on the scoreboard the entire day lengthy. Bob and I didn’t need it to be us right this moment and I felt we deserved greater than that.

“We did play nicely. Wyndham [Clark] and Max [Homa] tag-teamed properly and had been a tough workforce to beat. We needed to work for it. It offers us enormous momentum this afternoon on what might have been an enormous claw-back for USA.”

Rose celebrates after making his putt on 18 (Getty Images)

Justin Thomas after USA’s disappointment on Friday

05:53 , Lawrence Ostlere

“It’s not the beginning we wished however fortuitously for us, we’ve obtained a number of golf left. We’ll simply go get some sleep, regroup and attempt to win as many factors as doable tomorrow.

“Tomorrow is vital. We’ve put ourselves in a spot the place each session is extraordinarily vital and yeah, on the finish of the day, it’s simply all anyone can do is management their match.

“You possibly can’t win multiple level in a single match, and simply exit and do your job and win as many as we presumably can tomorrow and get again in it going into singles.”

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas will pair up again this morning (Getty Images)

Ryder Cup 2023

05:46 , Lawrence Ostlere

The primary match of the day is a mouthwatering one: Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are charged with firing up USA’s day two, they usually tackle European pair Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood. The ‘Fleetwood Mac’ duo obtained over the road, simply, towards Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay yesterday morning and this will likely be a key match that units the tone early within the day.

Right here’s a better have a look at Justin Thomas, who justified his controversial choice within the afternoon fourballs:

Justin Thomas produces iconic second to validate Ryder Cup choice

Ryder Cup 2023

05:40 , Lawrence Ostlere

Nevertheless, all was not nicely within the American camp, as Brooks Koepka hit out at Jon Rahm and labelled his Ryder Cup rival a “baby” for his behaviour on the course.

The five-time main winner was left annoyed after Group USA squandered a lead twice within the closing holes of their fourball match towards Rahm and rookie Nicolai Hojgaard. Rahm chipped in for eagle on the sixteenth to sq. the match after which made one other eagle on the 18th after bumping a putt off the backboard earlier than the ball bounced up and nestled into the opening.

“I imply, I feel me and Scottie birdied, what did we are saying, 14, we birdied 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, after which misplaced by two,” Koepka mentioned after the tied match. “So yeah. I imply, I need to hit a board and pout identical to Jon Rahm did. However, you recognize, it’s what it’s. Act like a baby. However we’re adults. We transfer on.”

Brooks Koepka hits out at Jon Rahm as tensions boil over at Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup 2023

05:30 , Lawrence Ostlere

The European gamers totally loved the scenes on the 18th inexperienced on Friday.

They’d whitewashed America 4-0 within the morning’s foursomes, and because the solar started to set at Marco Simone Golf Membership, the 18th inexperienced turned the setting for late drama within the afternoon’s fourballs. Victor Hovland, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose all made essential putts on the final to show defeats into ties and make sure the US didn’t win a single match on day one – the primary time that has ever occurred on the Ryder Cup.

“The 18th gap was extremely variety to us,” mentioned Rose, after he locked in Europe’s 6½-1½ in a single day lead, and celebrated wildly together with his teammates watching on. “The boys made some unimaginable putts. These three ties imply quite a bit.”

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Europe relish 18th gap drama after crushing America on day one in all Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup 2023 – day two tee instances

05:27 , Lawrence Ostlere

It was no shock when Luke Donald threw out the identical 4 pairings for this morning’s foursomes that clean-swept yesterday morning’s foursomes.

Zach Johnson in the meantime shuffles his pack a bit of, bringing in Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth proper from the begin to face Europe’s Fleetwood Mac duo, and backing them up with the heavyweight mixture that’s Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka.

Right here is how the morning will form up (instances BST):

6:35am Foursomes match 1: Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy vs Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth

6:50am Foursomes match 2: Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg vs Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka

7:05am Foursomes match 3: Shane Lowry and Sepp Straka vs Max Homa and Brian Harman

7:20am Foursomes match 4: Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton vs Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay

Ryder Cup 2023

05:09 , Lawrence Ostlere

Observe all the newest updates from day two on the Ryder Cup as Europe look to construct on their commanding five-point in a single day lead.

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