And it goes on like this…
44th is the first day Europe’s best golfers dominated their opponents from America at the Ryder Cup in Rome. The team led by superstars John Rahm and Rory McIlroy took a surprisingly clear lead after Friday against the favorite defending champions with 6.5:1.5 points.
The Europeans continued their winning streak on Saturday. Sweden’s Ludwig Aberg and Norway’s Viktor Hovland won 9&7 against Americans Scotty Scheffler and Brooks Koepka.
Bitterness: After the humiliation, world number one Scheffler fought back tears. His wife Meredith tried to console the superstar.
Highlight of the European’s win: Aberg missed the chip on the first par-3 of the day.
Although: By conquest, the Scandinavians achieved a historic victory. The Ryder Cup has been running for 96 years. His 9&7 win was the biggest win in a four-man tournament. In this format, two players compete against each other, each hitting the ball as a team. Whoever needs the fewest strokes gets a point.
And then it was finally the turn of the Americans: Team USA of Max Homma and Brian Harman won their first match at this year’s Ryder Cup against Shane Lowry and Seb Straka.
But the answer from the Europeans immediately followed. Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood secured the next points for Team Europe with 2&1.
The next point for Team Europe follows! Rahm and Hutton also hit four and it was 2&1 at the end. This meant that the Europeans managed to win seven out of eight matches. Interim score for Team Europe 9.5: 2.5.
In the next four balls, the Americans finally look to catch up. And all this from the point of view of celebrities. Justin Timberlake also sees golf stars.
As of Friday’s start, the Europeans had already won all four morning duels at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club. Never before in the long history of the Ryder Cup.
Even in the afternoon, the Europeans held their nerve in the hot conditions on the golf course. McIlroy (Northern Ireland) and Matt Fitzpatrick (England) won their match against Colin Morikawa and Sander Schaffel. The other three matches ended in draws.
U.S. captain Zach Johnson noted in a press conference after the first day that the U.S. team was struggling with health issues. “A little bit goes through, the caddies, the players,” Johnson said. “I’m grateful we have a team doctor.”
The European team is looking to reclaim the title from the Americans in Rome. Two years ago, the American team beat the Europeans by a score of 19:9 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, USA. However, the US team’s first victory on European soil dates back 30 years.
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