It’s game on as the European Team fight back came in the afternoon Fourballs, winning 3-1 at Hazeltine National in the Ryder Cup where the Americans now only lead 5-3 overall at the end of day one.
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Rory sealed a good afternoon with his win with Thomas Pieters, 3-2 over Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.
Rory was very gung-ho about the wins;
“It’s incredible, I’ve played one Ryder Cup in the US and this is definitely a little more hostile than the one at Medinah.”
“I just want to let people know how much it means to us.”
“This guy beside me all day was absolutely incredible. It’s his first Ryder Cup and he played so well. A lot of credit has to go to Thomas, as well.”
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson defeated Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed 5&4.
Justin said they trusted their game, while Henrik said his win was very sweet;
“Henrik and I did what we do best, we just stuck with it, trusted our games, trusted ourselves and we got on a little run.”
“We dovetailed beautifully and made a bunch of birdies. I relied on my partner again and he delivered.”
“We were playing very nicely in the afternoon, made a couple of putts that we didn’t do in the morning and it seemed like they got possibly a little bit tired.”
“It makes it sweeter though, when you beat the guys you lost to in the morning, that’s for sure.”
Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello were victorious, 3-2 over J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore.
Sergio loves the Ryder Cup;
“I love it. I love golf. Obviously this is very special for us. And to play with this guy, he was a rock out there. He gave me so much confidence to be able to go for shots and go for putts.”
While Rafa was excited to pay alongside his compatriot in his first Ryder Cup experience;
“It’s been a real honour to play today, if I would have picked a partner, I couldn’t have picked anyone better than him to join me in my first Ryder Cup match.”
“I’m proud that we played great that we felt very comfortable, we rooted for one another and that we got the point for Europe.”
The only American win was from Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka, 5-4 over Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett.
It is definitely game on tomorrow, and it will be interesting watching how the European Team approach the next round of Foursomes.