More of the same this morning. Jon Rahm and Sergio dominated for Europe. America cleaned up the rest. 3 consecutive 3-1 sessions has the Americans holding a commanding 9-3 lead with an opportunity to step on some throats this afternoon. Let's get to it…
Match 1: Rahm & Sergio Are Unstoppable
Padraig Harrington keeps putting his best guy out first and he continues to deliver, despite these two quickly falling down 3 early. Rahm is starting to look like an early career LeBron, surrounded by a cast of Mo Williams and Delonte Wests. I almost feel bad for him. Guy is putting the team on his back and basically getting nowhere. Tough.
I'll say that Brooks Koepka played some really poor golf on the back 9 here that I think proved to be the difference. He hit really poor wedges on the par 3 12th and then the par 4 13th that put Berger in tough spots and gave the Europeans a window to grab a 2 hole lead that they never gave up. The drama on 15 was tremendous though, and he did hit an incredible shot there.
Match 2: DJ and Morikawa Throttle Casey and Hatton
This was a wild one that seesawed nearly the entire front 9. Only 5 holes were halved in the entire match. DJ and Morikawa jumped out to an early lead by grabbing the first 3 with birdies, and found themselves up 4 thru 8 holes. From there it was really just a matter of getting it in the house. They didn't play spectacular on the back 9, but they played situational golf well enough to get this W in the house. They shot -5 yesterday as a duo and today they were -3 in tougher conditions. Exactly what you want from your two highest ranked players.
Guess while I'm here I gotta tip my cap to Paul Casey for the awesome hole out
Match 3: JT & Spieth Are On The Board
With this win, Jordan Spieth became the last player on Team USA to earn at least a half point. For the squad to accomplish that feat in just 3 sessions is a testament to how great every single one of these guys are playing. Much like JT's match yesterday afternoon, the Americans found themselves down 3 but clawed their way back into it. And yet again, it was JT coming up HUGE with a great 2nd shot into the par 5 16th, which Spieth was able to clean up for eagle to take a commanding 2 hole lead.
Spieth was a bit cold with the putter on Friday, but it came up big on numerous occasions today. Hilarious that JT put him into a similar situation on 17 (and this time he wasn't able to make magic), but they did what they needed to do to close it out on 18.
Match 4: Xander and Cantlay Clean Up Yet Again
Well I think we can write this in as a foursomes duo for the next decade, huh? These guys can both golf the shit out of their balls, but I continue to be blown away by the way Cantlay rolls it. He's been on an unbelievable heater with the flatstick the past few weeks. He's really wearing his emotions on his sleeve too, which is something you NEVER really see on Tour.
The Ryder Cup just brings it out of guys. Ya love to see it.
Saturday Afternoon Fourballs
Here come the bombers for a little fourball fun. Running out Finau/English and Scheffler/DeChambeau were no brainers. DJ and Morikawa make a lot of sense, gotta let your horses run. The one pairing that seems bizarre is Koepka/Spieth. They just seem like two guys on completely different wavelengths. But whatever, they're golfing their own balls. Looks like Stricker is using this 9-3 lead as an opportunity to rest JT, Cantlay, and Schauffele. Those guys have certainly earned it, and it looks a lot like they might be already victory lapping it…
LET'S STEP ON THROATS THIS AFTERNOON, LET'S GO