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Ryder Cup Capsules

Associated Press Associated Press 30/09/2016 By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer
United States' Patrick Reed fist pumps teammate Jordan Spieth on the first hole during a foresomes match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) © The Associated Press United States' Patrick Reed fist pumps teammate Jordan Spieth on the first hole during a foresomes match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

CHASKA, Minn. — A capsule look at Friday's matches from the Ryder Cup:


Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, United States, def. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Europe, 3 and 2.

Something had to give in the first match of the Ryder Cup. Spieth and Reed were unbeaten in three matches at Gleneagles, while Rose and Stenson were undefeated in three matches at the last Ryder Cup. The Americans never trailed. Spieth made a birdie putt on No. 2 and never looked back. Europe won its only hole with a par on the ninth and had a chance to shift the momentum. Reed made a 12-foot par putt to halve the 10th and Spieth made a 10-foot birdie putt to halve the 11th and keep 2 up. Rose and Stenson made only one birdie.

Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, United States, def. Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan, Europe, 1 up.

The Americans fell 2 down when Mickelson hit out-of-bounds on par-5 fifth and then had to play a right-handed shot next to a fence. They rallied with three straight birdies to take the lead at the turn. McIlroy answered with back-to-back birdies and Europe regained a 2-up lead with four holes to play. Sullivan chipped too strongly on the 15th leading to bogey. Mickelson stuffed a wedge to 5 feet on the 16th to square the match, and then Sullivan hit his tee shot in the water on the 17th. McIlroy had a chance to get a half-point, but missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson, United States, def. Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer, Europe, 4 and 2.

Europe led early when the Americans bogeyed the first two holes. Garcia and Kaymer both missed chances to build upon the lead, and it wound up costing them. Europe was 1 up through 11 holes when a bogey on the 12th squared the match. That was the start of five straight holes the Americans won — three of them birdies — to win the match and finish the morning with a sweep of the matches.

Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, United States, def. Thomas Pieters and Lee Westwood, 5 and 4.

Johnson mostly carried the load for the Americans, and they got plenty of help from Westwood and Pieters, who bogeyed the first two holes to fall 2 down. Europe made double bogey on the seventh hole, and the Americans birdied the par-3 eighth to go 5 up, and the rout was on. Europe won only one hole, No. 9, when Kuchar missed a short par putt. Even so, it was a matter of Europe running out of holes in the shortest match of the morning.



Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Europe, def. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, United States, 5 and 4.

Fresh off a 3-and-2 victory in foursomes, the Americans won the first hole when Reed made a 6-foot putt. The rest of the match was all redemption for Stenson and Rose. They ran off nine birdies over the next 13 holes. Spieth and Reed matched two of those birdies. They lost the lead with a bogey on the par-3 fourth, fell behind for the first time when Stenson birdied No. 7, and Europe was on its way. It was the first loss for Spieth and Reed in five matches together.

Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello, Europe, def. J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore, United States, 3 and 2.

Cabrera Bello got his Ryder Cup debut off to a good start with a birdie on the opening hole, and the Spaniards never trailed. They raced out to a 4-up lead at the turn without much resistance from Holmes and Moore, who didn't make a single birdie on the front nine. The back nine began with matching birdies on the 10th and 11th, and then Moore came to life with a pair of 25-foot birdie putts to cut the deficit to 2 down. Both Americans missed the fairway on the par-5 16th. Garcia reached the front of the green in two, made birdie and the Americans couldn't match him.

Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka, United States, def. Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett, Europe, 5 and 4.

Koepka began his Ryder Cup debut with a wedge he nearly holed, only for Willett to match his birdie with a 30-footer. That was a rare highlight for Europe. Snedeker was holing putts for birdies and pars, Koepka came up with the right shots and the Americans kept at least some red on the board in the afternoon. Kaymer didn't contribute a single birdie, which made it easier on the Americans. They were 5 up through 11 holes and matched pars the rest of the way.

Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters, Europe, def. Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, United States, 3 and 2.

The Americans gave away the opening hole when Kuchar ran his birdie attempt 10 feet by, and Europe took it from there. McIlroy and Pieters ran off four straight birdies to build a 4-up lead through seven holes. Pieters made a 12-foot birdie on the par-3 13th after McIlroy went in the water to keep the lead at 4 up. Europe lost the 14th hole with a bogey, Johnson birdied the 15th and it looked as though this might be a tight finish. McIlroy, however, made a 20-foot eagle on the 16th, turning to bow twice to the American fans.

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