What happened next turned out to be historic.
What to expect: European captain Thomas Bjorn has given McIlroy his third different partner in this Ryder Cup, and expect a better effort than the one McIlroy put forth in four-ball on Friday, when he made just one birdie.
Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler then raised hopes of a repeat of the 2016 first-morning whitewash for the holders by swatting aside Rory McIlroy and Thorbjorn Olesen 4 and 2. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (5 and 4) • Tommy Fleetwood/Francesco Molinari d.
As a reminder, Saturday in Paris continues the opening format with two-on-two matchups between the United States and Europe in four-ball to open the day and foursomes in the afternoon.
The United States team quickly saw its 3-1 lead in the Ryder Cup turn into a 5-3 deficit after a historic afternoon sweep by Europe.
What makes the session even more impressive is the fact that none of the afternoon matches reached the 17th hole.
The ball from American Brooks Koepka veered into the public gallery on the par four sixth hole and appeared to hit the woman around the eye.
"We'll enjoy this afternoon for a few hours, but then we will focus on tomorrow - we know it's a marathon".
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Rather than risk dropping his approach in the drink, Woods went conservative with his second shot from the heavy rough and ended up short of the green.
Reed was teamed up with Tiger Woods in the final fourballs pairing of a morning that belonged to America.
The US, seeking a first overseas win in 25 years, had the better of a topsy-turvy fourballs session, with Spieth particularly impressive when he and Thomas beat Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton 1-up. The Americans entered this Ryder Cup as the favorites. In fact, the last two times the USA has won the Ryder Cup, it has started the morning matches on the first day a combined 7-1-0. Five days after Woods won the Tour Championship for his first victory after four back surgeries, he and Patrick Reed went cold at the end.
They're up again, together, in fourballs action. against Molinari and Fleetwood. Reed hit into the water, and Woods never had a chance at par.
"The Europeans played very good golf this afternoon on a hard setup and in hard conditions and we didn't play our best golf". I felt comfortable putting them out there.
All four of the USA teams were at least 2 over at the turn. "Sometimes you get a good kick. There's a lot of golf left, and a lot of matches, and we've just got to come out and bring our best stuff".