Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE: Day 2 scores and updates, McIlroy and ...
Europe built on their historic first-day lead with three more points won on Saturday morning against a toiling US team at the 2023 Ryder Cup
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Europe continue to lead USA at the 2023 Ryder Cup as the Saturday afternoon fourballs got under way at Marco Simone Golf Club.
Earlier, like a pair of marauding Vikings, Norway’s Viktor Hovland and Swede Ludvig Aberg routed American duo Scottie Scheffler and Brookes Koepka by the biggest margin in modern Ryder Cup history as Europe’s demolition of the US continued on Saturday morning.
Showing no mercy, they trampled the bewildered Americans into the earth of the Marco Simone course to claim an astonishing 9&7 win in the second foursomes of the morning. It surpassed the 7&6 record victory for a foursomes match in the biennial contest that had been achieved three times.
Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood beat Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas 2&1 in an almighty battle, before Max Homa and Brian Harman got USA’s first win on the board against Sepp Straka and Shane Lowry. But Jon Rahm’s almost-hole-in-one on the 17th ensured Europe earned another point to lead 9½ - 2½ going into the afternoon fourballs.
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Rose and MacIntyre with a sneaky run to flip match three.
They hold a slender lead with seven holes remaining. This could define the equation for Europe and USA tomorrow.
USA will eye a 3-1 victory in the session, perhaps even 3.5 points, but Europe could manage two wins in the final two matches to all but end any USA hopes and finish day 2 on 11.5-4.5.
Jack Rathborn30 September 2023 15:27
A lovely angle for Fleetwood after a huge drive on 14.
Europe still fighting in that match too, 4DOWN with five to play.
Jack Rathborn30 September 2023 15:24
McIlroy with a booming drive on 11 that flies the green. The fans dash for cover.
There’s no shot there seemingly, a mistake from McIlroy.
Jack Rathborn30 September 2023 15:23
Impressive resolve from Hovland and Aberg. This is what Scheffler and Koepka could not do earlier.
They’ll probably lose this game, but the fight is admirable and the USA will have to close this one out.
Jack Rathborn30 September 2023 15:22
“Beautiful swing,” shouts Homa, as Harman bashes one down the fairway on 14.
Jack Rathborn30 September 2023 15:21
Morikawa with a blazing shot, into 14, high class from one of the most majestic iron players in the world.
Hovland joins him, but that’s 20 feet for birdie, he’ll need to make it with Morikawa required to miss from six feet to keep this one alive.
Aberg ensures he, too, will have a really good look at birdie. Still, Morikawa will have to make a big mistake to extend this match and prevent USA from putting a point on the board.
Jack Rathborn30 September 2023 15:10
Clark’s birdie putt comes up short, this has been a grind, Europe into a slender lead after four holes, and we’ve had five consecutive holes halved since.
We’re scheduled for a 2-2 session, which Europe would gladly take.
McIlroy hammering his chip past the hole, was he looking to dunk that one? A tester coming back now on 10 to save par.
Jack Rathborn30 September 2023 15:06
Rose with driver on 11, and that strategy isn’t going to work unless you can muscle it way up for a quick chip and a putt.
Jack Rathborn30 September 2023 15:05
Hojgaard with a flier? That’s a long way off what’s required, from 171 yards he blazes over the back of the green.
Fleetwood unable to drain one from a long way out, Homa’s birdie enough and the USA look poised to collect a couple points from matches one and two. Homa and Harman are 4UP.
Jack Rathborn30 September 2023 15:04
Rory McIlroy has in his wake a giant pack of people: photographers and journalists, family and friends, course marshals and police officers, teammates and vice-captains, plus Justin Timberlake and the tall one from Dragon’s Den. This is the Rory Circus, and it is gripping everybody watching. There’s so little to choose between these two teams and it seems like it will come down to who can hole a couple of clutch putts on the back nine
Jack Rathborn30 September 2023 14:51