Published: Sat, September 29, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

U.S. takes early 3-1 lead at France’s Ryder Cup

U.S. takes early 3-1 lead at France’s Ryder Cup

"We've already been thinking about that". Also probably takes a little bit out of you.

It's the first time in Ryder Cup history that Europe has won all four matches in a foursomes session (they've won all four in fourball twice).

"I think Alex was a rock", said the Spaniard. And that was the very least the rookie deserved.

It will be a case of déjà vu for these four players in a repeat of the anchor match of the Friday's fourballs.

Finau made the birdie putt to square the match, and Koepka's par was good enough to win the 18th for a 1-up victory. I think that, you know, obviously it's going to leave a sour taste in their mouth tonight, and they have to sleep on that.

Le Golf National just so happens to be one of the tightest driving courses that players have faced all year, with lush rough and hazards galore, and on Friday afternoon 20-mph gusts made hitting greens even more hard.

Two years ago at Hazeltine, on the comforts of home soil, the Americans ambushed the Europeans 4-0 in the opening session and the visitors never recovered, losing 17-11. The ball was going far.

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Finau and Koepka trailed throughout their match against Justin Rose and Jon Rahm before the former earned a huge stroke of luck when his tee-shot into the par-three 16th hit wood surrounding the green to land within close range for birdie to level the match.

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco "Frankie" Molinari triumphed in both of their matches together - taking down, no less, than Tiger Woods in the morning and Jordan Spieth in the afternoon - and Thomas Bjorn, the Europe captain saw his unwavering faith in the game plan pay hugely encouraging rewards.

However, Woods will be back in action again alongside Reed in a rematch with Molinari and Fleetwood on Saturday as Furyk chose to send out the same four fourball combinations for the second day running. "You'd have to ask Tiger", he said.

Take a look at the best shots from the opening day of the 2018 Ryder Cup. Consider this: Of the 60 holes played in the afternoon, the Europeans led after 46 of them, while only one American team - Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson in their first six holes against McIlroy/Poulter - ever held a lead.

As for splitting up "Captain America" Patrick Reed's partnership with the struggling Jordan Spieth and giving him the anchor role with the resurgent Tiger Woods, he believes he's created two strong pairings instead.

"I think our guys will respond, I really do", he said.

"I've heard, I guess some of the rumblings and been aware their scores were pretty similar to pretty much the best scores we had on the team today [in foursomes]".

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