Ryder Cup. Americans Dominate Afternoon Four-Balls.

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The American Team dominated the afternoon Four-Ball matches in the Ryder Cup, earning 3 points to Team Europe’s one. Team USA now leads 9 1/2 points to 6 1/2, a very substantial lead to take into the singles matches tomorrow at Hazeltine National.

It all started so well for Europe this afternoon, Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters beat Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson 3-1 to put the first point on the board.

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Rory & Thomas and the winning fist-pumps.

From then on it all went south as Danny Willett and Lee Westwood lost 1 up to J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore. This match could, and should have been in Europe’s favor but two short putts missed, one on 17, which would have leveled the scores, and then another on 18, to lose the match. If they had both dropped it would have been a different story, the culprit was Lee Westwood.

Danny said they had played well, but could not get the important putts to drop;

“We had a good tussle out there most of the day.”

“Westie played nice and solid, but we just couldn’t get the putts at the right time.”

“We had chances at 17 and 18. We hit pretty good putts but that green at 18 is tricky. It’s just a shame because we hit two pretty good shots in there.”

Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia went down 2-1 to Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. Sergio’s frail putting was exposed under pressure, that Claw style grip is not positive enough to sink those pressure putts.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth defeated Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson 2-1 in a match where Patrick played some great golf.

The Americans will start the singles tomorrow with a three-point lead, and Team Europe will have to start strong and try to level the scores early on in the day.


Ryder Cup. Saturday Foursomes, Just One Point Difference.

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Team Europe, lead by Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters continue the comeback in the Ryder Cup, against Team America, winning  two matches, losing one and all square in the last at Hazeltine National.

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Rory and Thomas took down Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson 4-2.

Justin Rose and Chris Wood won 1 up against Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson.

Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka beat Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick 3-2.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth were all square with Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

The overall score is now America 6 1/2 points, Europe 5 1/2 after the Saturday Morning Foursomes.

The afternoon Fourballs have just started, would be good to have the scores all even gong into the single matches, great entertainment.

Ryder Cup. It’s Game On As Europe Fight Back.

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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.

Ryder Cup. USA 4-0 Up.

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The USA are 4-0 up in the morning Foursomes of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose lost 3-2 against Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

Thomas Pieters and  Lee Westwood fell to a 5 and 4 defeat to Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer went down 4-2 to Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker

Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan lost 1 up to Ricky Fowler and Phil Mickelson.

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Darren Clarke the Euro Captain had this to say;

“They weren’t firing on all cylinders, they’ve been playing really nicely in practice and it was one of those things.”

 “Foursomes is a difficult game. We took a look at the line up and we were looking forward to it and I thought we were looking strong but in foursomes sometimes that happens.”

“The American guys played better than we did. Looking at it, 4-0 is probably a fair result for the way that they were playing.”

“There are so many points to play for yet. Obviously it’s not an ideal start by any stretch of the imagination but we’ve come back from deficits like this in the past.”

“It’s a big ask, a tough ask, but the guys are all ready and keen and can’t wait to get back out there.”


Rio Olympics. Justin Rose Wins Gold.

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Justin Rose wins the Gold Medal for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics.

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Justin won the Gold with a final round -4 under par 67 for a Rio Olympics total of -16 under par, and a two shot victory. All square standing on the last tee, it came down the par five 18th, and putting, Justin sunk his birdie putt and Henrik three putted for bogey;

“I’ve been just so determined to represent Team GB as best as I could and it was just the most magical week, it really was.”

“I just said today that I had to out Stenson Stenson, I knew I wasn’t going to get much from him at all.”

“Obviously the bogey at the last only came because he had to force the putt in.”

“But he is unbelievable. He’s relentless and a great player, and I can’t wait to be on the same team as him in the Ryder Cup.”

“He’s a great player and he’s a great friend and I just gave him a hug on the 18th green, he’s as gracious as ever.”

“It feels absolutely incredible. “

Henrik Stenson claimed Silver for Sweden, a last round -3 under par 68 giving him a -14 under par total.

Picking up the Bronze Medal was Matt Kuchar of America, carding a superb final round of -8 under par 63.

Rio Olympics. Justin Rose Rises to the Top.

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Justin Rose rises to the top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard in Brasil.

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Justin fired a third round -6 under par 65 to take the overall lead in the race for the Rio Olympics Gold Medal, with a -12 under total, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“That little bit of separation makes the final three ball a lot of fun to be a part of and that’s just the position I wanted to be in going into tomorrow.”

“I felt like today was an important day,”

“There were a lot of players in contention after yesterday and I felt like today could be a day to separate or at least keep some momentum and not give yourself too much work to do tomorrow.”

“This tournament has been very, very special and very, very different for all of us and you’re always very aware if you’re in the gold position and the silver and bronze position and after that, it doesn’t mean a whole lot.”

“I think the way it’s all worked out going into tomorrow with me at 12, Henrik at 11 and Marcus at nine and the next is at six.”

One shot back is the imposing form of Henrik Stenson, this years Open Champion, he is at -11 under par after his third round of -3 under 68;

“I’ve put myself in position three-quarters of the way.”

“In my mind we’re still going for one thing. Even though the consolation prizes here might be better than at some other events, it’s still the No. 1 spot I’m looking for.”

Marcus Fraser, the leader for the first two days slipped up today carding +1 over par 72, he now has a -9 under total.

Next nearest players to these three are at -6 under par, David Lingmerth and Emiliano Grillo, they will have to go low tomorrow or hope the top boys slip up.

Rickie Fowler shot -7 under par 64 today, and thinks at -3 under for the tournament he still ha a chance of a medal;

“If I go out and play well tomorrow, I could sneak in there.”

“Right now, I’m excited.”

Major winner Padraig Harrington is in the group at -5 under par, -4 under today has put him in place for a possible medal finish.


Rio Olympics. Marcus Moves Ahead.

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Marcus Fraser moves ahead at the Rio Olympics, leading at the half way stage in Brasil.

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Marcus shot a second round-2 under par 69 to maintain his position at the top of the Rio Olympics leaderboard at -10 under, and will take a one stroke lead into the third round, and said he is doing something right;

“Any time you get to play with Stenson on the weekend, you know you’re doing something right.”

“Those guys have completely different games and bigger games to what I have but, at the end of the day, we play 72 holes and we hit a certain amount of shots on each hole.”

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

“We play a game, I think the best game in the world, and it will be good fun out there with those guys.”

Thomas Pieters holds second place, one shot back at -9 under par, he carded a second round -5 under par 66 to move up the leaderboard and towards his dream;

“If you don’t dream about it, you’re never going to achieve it.”

“I am thinking about it but you kind of put that beside you when you’re playing and try to shoot the lowest you can.”

“What’s not to be happy about,  played well. I started out really well, I think that was the key to my round in the worst of the conditions.”

“I knew coming to the finish there’s some birdie opportunities and to take all three was a good finish.”

Henrik Stenson is a further shot back at -8 under par, -3 under 68 today keeping him in touch with the leaders, with two rounds to go.

Henrik was playing smooth easy golf, he sunk a par putt from 108 feet, the longest successful putt of his career;

“You’re just standing there, praying for a two-putt bogey, before I know it, it found the bottom of the cup.”

 “That’s the longest putt I’ve made in my career. First of all, it’s hard to get a putt that long on any green in the world.”

Justin Rose and  Grégory Bourdy both had -2 under rounds of 69 today and share fourth spot on -6 under par for the tournament.