Europe’s triumphant march continues at the Ryder Cup in Rome. The European team dominates by 9.5 to 2.5 points after the foursomes duels (one ball per pair) this Saturday morning, resulting in three local victories and one visitor, and with the biggest defeat in history in this modality: a 9&7 (nine holes ahead with seven to play) in favor of Hovland and Aberg in their duel against Scheffler and Koepka.
This Sunday the 12 individual duels (starting at 11.30 in Movistar Golf)
from 6.5-1.5 to 9.5-2.5 in the morning after the foursomes (3-1) and in the fourballs
month without competing after the end of the American circuit at the end of August in the USA, while Europe has prepared thoroughly in home events
what the US needs
“Forever in our hearts”. A large canvas with the image of Severiano Ballesteros is displayed in the stands of the first tee. Rome honors the myth, the man who revolutionized Ryder to turn it into the great world competition it is today, the player who convinced European golfers that they could defeat the American empire. There is no Ryder in Europe that is not imbued with that rebellious spirit that Jon Rahm represents so much today. In every corner of the locker room, in every blow, there is Seve. Under the tribute to the legend, his son Javier Ballesteros, Chema Olazabal, who was his best partner and friend, and the European captain, Luke Donald, applaud with their hearts. Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy just hit their tee shots at 7:35 and emotions are already running high at the Marco Simone.
The Seve effect works instantly. And how. Three first holes won for McIlroy and Fleetwood against Spieth and Thomas. And the first four consecutively conquered, and five of six, and six of eight, by Hovland and the rookie Aberg (what an accelerated master’s degree in the Ryder for the young Swede without having even played a major) against two stars like Scheffler and Koepka. Two wins. In half an hour of competition the board was already stained blue again, as if Saturday were Friday. The European players were still in a trance, fine and integrated. The Americans couldn’t find the formula either from the start or from the green, out of focus: they missed the fairway, lost the ball in the weeds, missed a simple putt, suffered a double bogey…
The image of the fall was that of the world number one, Scheffler, and Koepka, winner of five majors. Hovland and Aberg did not give them a second of respite (seven birdies), and the shake-up was so monumental for two of the great figures of world golf that the scoreboard closed at a scandalous 9&7, the biggest beating in all of history in foursomes. . Scheffler ended up sunk, in tears and with his face covered by his cap, devastated after the crash. The leader of the world rankings had been an unrecognizable player and, the hardest thing for him, and for anyone who competes in a Ryder, he had failed his team and his country. The emotional blow for the American troops was gigantic, surely one from which they would no longer be able to recover.
To top it all off, the American had awakened the best version of McIlroy, and Fleetwood and the Northern Irishman linked two consecutive eagles on the 11th and 12th, while Thomas tried to pull the sad Spieth. A conservative plan was enough for the European couple, but then the proud reaction of the duo of American friends emerged, two generation mates who rowed in search of the comeback: partial victories on the 13th and 14th. McIlroy’s superb putt on On the 15th he turned off the tap and headed towards victory by 2&1. Homa and Harman did battle against Lowry and Straka in a very hard-fought clash, an exception among so many unequal duels. An eagle by Homa on the par five 12th certified American superiority in this area, a final 4&2 to finally embrace the first point in red in a day and a half of competition after the blue wave.
This time Jon Rahm was not the first to go, but his duo with Hatton closed the morning against Cantlay and Schauffele. At the second stop of the tour they were already one up due to the visitors’ bogey, and they were three ahead after the first eight. Europe has discovered a couple of many revolutions with Rahm and Hatton, two men who live golf with a lot of passion, pure Ryder feeling. A birdie from the Basque on 11 cut off the reaction attempt and a shot to the flag on the par three 17th raised the score to 2&1. At noon, 9.5 to 2.5 for locals. Europe had been a storm. The United States was on the ropes.
The captains rested Rahm and Scheffler in the afternoon fourballs. Spanish, to replenish energy. The North American, to heal the wounds of the beating suffered. Also out was Koepka, who on Friday had accused Rahm of “pouting and acting like a child.” With the stick in his hands, he remained mute. The Vikings Hovland and Aberg lined up again, against Burns and Morikawa
Fleetwood and Hojgaard against Homa and Harman, Rose and MacIntyre against Thomas and Spieth, and McIlroy and Fitzpatrick against Cantlay and Clark. The Vikings Hovland and Aberg lined up again
Results and agenda
Rory McIlroy y Tommy Fleetwood, 2&1 a Justin Thomas y Jordan Spieth.
Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg, 9&7 a Scottie Scheffler y Brooks Koepka.
Max Homa y Brian Harman, 4&2 a Sepp Straka y Shane Lowry.
Jon Rahm y Tyrrell Hatton, 2&1 a Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.
Sunday. 12 individual duels.
TV: Movistar Golf starting at 11.30.
All the results of the Ryder Cup in Rome.
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