"Super proud" Bryson DcChambeau on Team USA's performance in the opening day of Ryder Cup
Follow all the action as Europe attempt to pull off the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history at Whistling Straits on Sunday.
Padraig Harrington’s side head into the singles 11-5 down, despite a valiant display yesterday afternoon to take two points from the fourballs. Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were magnificent once again and have won all three of their matches together, while Shane Lowry holed an immense 12ft putt on the 18th green under extreme pressure to secure a full point for Team Europe. The damage, in truth, though, had already been done after the USA dominated the morning foursomes once again, taking the session 3-1 to leave Europe staring down the barrel of a lopsided defeat. That much was apparent when Justin Thomas began drinking a beer and celebrating in front of the grandstand on the first tee.
It means the USA require just three and a half points from this afternoon’s 12 matches to claim victory. The opening match pits Olympic champion Xander Schauffle (3-0) against an offbeat Rory McIlroy (0-3). Bryson DeChambeau faces Sergio Garcia in another tantalising match-up, while Dustin Johnson will attempt to go 5-0 for the week when he faces Paul Casey. Follow all the latest updates from all 12 matches live below:
USA all but condemn Europe to defeat with dominant foursomes display
The final hour of a vital third session at Whistling Straits all but ended in a death sentence for Europe’s defence of the Ryder Cup and even those clinging to the most delirious optimism can harbour little hope of a comeback.
Team USA showed their quality once again to win the session and extend their commanding lead
DeChambeau labelled ‘classless’ for complaints over putt not being conceded
Bryson DeChambeau was branded “classless” after appearing to complain about a European decision not to concede a putt early in his Ryder Cup fourballs match on Saturday.
The American playing alongside Scottie Scheffler, was left with a short putt to halve the opening hole after Viktor Hovland missed a chance to give himself and Tommy Fleetwood an early lead.
DeChambeau duly rolled the ball into the hole but did not seem happy that he had been made to do so as he laid his putter on ground after taking his shot.
The American did not seem happy that he had been made to putt as he laid his putter on the ground after taking his shot
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Ryder Cup 2021: USA take 11-5 lead over Europe into Sunday singles
That brings an end to our live coverage on what was a memorable but ultimately ruinous day for Europe’s Ryder Cup defence. Steve Stricker’s side will require just three and a half points to complete a dominant victory in the Sunday singles and even Padraig Harrington will surely accept there is now way back for his team now.
Despite a valiant performance in the afternoon fourballs, Europe’s defence is all but in ruins
Ryder Cup 2021: Scheffler & DeChambeau 3&1 defeat Fleetwood & Hovland
DeChambeau hits a brilliant tee-shot at the 17th, finishing just 10ft from the hole. He’s been wayward all day, but that was a laser from well over 200 yards. Fleetwood’s effort is no good, nose-diving into the rough. Hovland’s is better, but his putter fails him again. It was immaterial anyway. Only needing a half to win the match, DeChambeau had already confirmed the point that will, almost certainly, put this Ryder Cup out of Europe’s reach.
Ryder Cup 2021: Scheffler & DeChambeau 2UP vs Fleetwood & Hovland
Hovland has a birdie putt at the 16th but it refuses to drop. The Norwegian has been mightily impressive but has come unstuck on the green a few times now. Scheffler has found his touch, though, and sinks his putt to win the hole. That gives the US a dormie lead heading to the 17th. They’ve won the last three holes in succession and turned this match around. Europe have fought bravely, but it doesn’t look like it will be enough.
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