Day 2 of the Ryder Cup started off a lot like day 1 ended. There was a lot of momentum on the side of the European team and it continued into the morning matches. Here is the recap.
Finau and Koepka found themselves down early and made a putt on 12 to avoid going 5 down. They did put a charge on after that and forced the match to 17 but Garcia made a great birdie putt. This closed out the match with a 2 & 1 victory for he and McIlroy.
DJ and Fowler lost the first hole to start the day and could get back on pace to keep up with Casey and Hatton. DJ extended the match on 15 with a chip in but after matching scores on 16 the match was over 3 & 2.
Woods and Reed hit the ball all over the place off the tee. The were down 2 early to Molinari and Fleetwood but battled back to square the match after 10 holes. Europe won 4 of the next 5 holes and won the match 4 & 3.
Spieth and Thomas were the only glimmering light for the USA in the morning sessions. They had a 2 up lead thru 12, the largest lead for the US since Friday morning. Europe did battle back on 13th cutting the lead to 1. The USA team won the match 2 & 1 on the 17th hole. We were hoping they were carrying some momentum into the afternoon and we could get back into the match.
In the afternoon foursome matches the USA team needed to gain the momentum that the European team did Friday afternoon. We felt like they needed to at least win the session. There were some changes to the pairings and to everyones surprise Phil Mickelson didn’t play at all on Saturday!
Stenson and Rose took 17 holes to be DJ and Koepka 2 & 1. The US Team won the first hole and that was the last time they led in this match.
Bubba and Webb went up against Noren and Garcia. This match included both teams halving a hole with triple bogeys. The USA had a little too much for the European Team and this was our first point since the morning session on Friday! Winning 3 & 2.
This match had the Europeans hottest team in Molinari and Fleetwood against the team all of us thought we would see this week in Wood and DeChambeau. Molinari and Fleetwood were again too much for the USA to handle. They won 5 & 3, improving to 4-0 on the week in the team portion. They are the first ever European Duo to go 4 and 0 in team play.
They dynamic duo of Spieth and Thomas were back at it again in the afternoon. This time against McIlroy and Poulter. There was a lot of passion in this match and it overflowed on the final hole of the match. Spieth covered the Europeans birdie and turned and pounded his chest in the direction of Poulter.
The singles matches were released after play ended today. Being down 10 to 6 the USA team knows they need to get out early and get some momentum on the board so they sent out their big guns early. This worked at Brookline in 1999 and then the European team repeated this model in 2012 at Medinah.
Justin Thomas will take on Rory McIlroy. Based on their play this week we will take Thomas for the win.
Brooks Koepka will take on Paul Casey. Casey did finally get on the board today with a point but Koepka has played solid and we will take his length against Casey for the win.
Webb Simpson will take on Justin Rose. Rose is the FedEx Cup Champ and until last week was number 1 in the world. This will be tough for Simpson to over come. Rose will win this match.
Tiger Woods will take on Jon Rahm. This is going to be an interesting match to watch. Woods has not played great this week and has yet to win a point. He has gone up against the hottest team this week and it will be nice for him to see someone else other than Molinari or Fleetwood. That being said gonna take Woods in a close one here.
Tony Finau will take on Tommy Fleetwood. Finau has been playing the best for the USA Team this week but he is going to be running into the hottest player in both of the matches this week in Fleetwood. Fleetwood for the win.
DJ will take on Ian Poulter. Its tough to bet against Poulter in singles based on his passion and emotion so were taking him for the victory.
Jordan Spieth will take on Thorbjorn Olesen. After closing out the day with a birdie today we can’t bet against Spieth.
Rickey Fowler will take on Sergio Garcia. If there was a line on this match we would set it at pick em. Since we have to pick someone…Fowler.
Phil Mickelson will take on Francisco Molinari. Okay, Phil hit 5 iron off of a par 5 and hooked it in the water. Molinari is 4 and 0 this week. Lets say 5 and 0.
Patrick Reed will take on Tyrrell Hatton. This is a match that no one like either player. Reed has not played well all week and we can’t bet on that form. Hatton will win.
Bubba Watson will take on Henrik Stenson. Were trying to figure out who his 3 wood further in this group because they both kill it. Bubba has much more imagination. We will go with Bubba in a tight one.
Bryson DeChambeau will take on Alex Noren. In a match that may not mean much when all is said and done we will take DeChambeau in a match that may go to 18.
This will be a 15-13 win for the European team.
Dads Say So, the Americans have dug themselves too big of a hole to come out of with out having really any momentum. Too many players are struggling to find a fairway and at Le Golf National you can’t be aggressive if you are not in the fairway. The European Team has done great in setting up a golf course in their favor. Unless the USA players who are struggling find some way to figure things out in their sleep tonight it could be a long plane ride back without that trophy we took over there on our charter.