If not Jon Rahm in afternoon session fourballsa decision with pros and cons (because of the break it seems), the european group He suffered his share and in the end the struggle, great as it was, did not get all the reward it deserved. I can get two gold points but a Patrick Cantlay The final game was immeasurable and with three incredible birdies on 16, 17 and 18, the USA managed to put the partial 3-1 in their favor and leave the scoreboard with a 5 point lead for Europe (10.5-5.5) in the absence of 12 individual matches this Sunday. No team that has trailed by five on the final day has won the Ryder. There will be, yes, a little more emotion.
Europe therefore needs four points to regain the trophy after the setback two years ago (19-9). It deserves a notable mention in this new afternoon of total, epic Ryder, Justin Rose. Until the 18th hole as well Rory McIlroy but Cantlay spoiled the European party with his spectacular finish. Without Rahm, the British were the real cheerleaders for Donald’s team, carrying all the weight.
The first two duels were lost, the match of Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg, always with Collin Morikawa and a challenging Sam Burns, and of Tommy Fleetwood and Nicolai Hojgaard, against a Max Homa who hindered the USA team and now the maximum American stronghold and Brian Harman, Europe trusted everything in duels led by two totems. Justin Rose with Robert MacIntyre and Rory McIlroy with Matt Fitzpatrick, what a four this Saturday. They know it and they play according to the responsibility of the moment. Where Captain Donald entrusted them.
Much credit goes to the performance of the veteran Rose, 43, in his sixth Ryder, sinking half a dozen good putts to give the pair a 3-hole lead with 4 to go. The young Scottish lefty is impressive. MacIntyre got at least half a point on the 15th hole. Jordan Spieth remained a loser and almost null while Justin Thomas has yet to do anything. Rose closed out the European victory on the 16th hole with the umpteenth decisive birdie putt. The hat was removed. Just getting in Time.
Behind, a McIlroy who once again gave his all when Europe needed it (huge gestures of anger and euphoria after a great birdie putt on the 14th hole, and the knockout shot on the 16th), and a Fitzpatrick who emerged when he was due, they fought an uphill battle against Patrick Cantlay and Wyndham Clark. On the tee of the 16th hole, Europe reigned for one hole. McIlroy had an eagle option but Cantlay made a good birdie and they were on 17. There the Americano hit a great shot from two meters and missed the putt. They were tied at 18, with Cantlay, McIlroy and Fitzpatrick on the green but away from the flag for ‘4’. Cantlay played first and pot putt again. The Europeans played and their balls did not want to know anything about the hole. Despite this small setback and the 3-1 margin for the US, Europe is still the heavy favorite with a five-point lead.
Fourball results (Europe-USA, 1-3, total: 10.5- 5.5):
Viktor Hovland-Ludvig Aberg (Eur) lost to Sam Burns-Collin Morikawa (USA), 4 and 3
Tommy Fleetwood-Nicolai Hojgaard (Eur) with Max Homa-Brian Harman (USA), 2 and 1
Justin Rose-Robert MacIntyre (Eur) beat Justin Thomas-Jordan Spieth (USA), 3 and 2
Matt Fitzpatrick-Rory McIlroy (Eur) beat Patrick Cantlay-Wyndham Clark (USA), one hole
Source: La Verdad
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