USA Lead Ryder Cup 2.5-1.5 After Friday Fourballs

The USA lead the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles 2.5-1.5 after Friday’s fourballs.  Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson secured a topsy-turvy 1-up win over Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy to put the visitors in front.  The Americans had won three holes without reply to lead 2-up.  The pendulum then swung the way of the hosts with three hole wins to lead 1-up once more.

The North Americans claimed the 16th hole to level the encounter once more before taking the par-5 18th.  Before that American duo Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker fought back from 3-down to share their fourballs contest against Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer slightly earlier.  The United States of America had drawn level after winning the second fourballs contest.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed ousted Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter 5 & 4.  The Americans won six holes to the one of the Europeans to level matters for Tom Watson’s men.  Earlier, Europe were 1-0 to the good after Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson thrashed Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 5 & 4.

The Europeans did not lose a single hole on their way to a comfortable defeat of the American pair.  Watson and Simpson parred the first four holes while Rose and Stenson picked up birdies on the second and fourth to lead by two.  Both teams bogeyed the fifth before parring the next three holes.

Europe struck again with birdies at nine and ten to beat the American pars and lead by four.  The following three holes were parred by both pairings before a birdie for the hosts at 14 ousted the US par to ensure an easy European victory first up for Paul McGinley’s side.