Ryder Cup 2021, Day One: Team US forges 6-2 lead


The Ryder Cup 2021, Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, 24-26 September: Day One

The US Team powers ahead to a 6-2 lead on Day One 

From the PGA TOUR, by Ben Everill, Cameron Morfit and Sean Martin:

The U.S. Team won the first two points of the Friday afternoon Four-ball sessions, extending their lead to 5-1 as they try to win the Ryder Cup at Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits.

The flagsticks and even the wooden signposts on the tees were swaying in 20-25 mph winds.

The most positive development for the Americans was Dustin Johnson and Tony Finau pouring in birdie putts from everywhere on the back nine, leading their respective teams to victory.  Read more

From TSN.ca, by AP:

The Americans were looking for a fresh start in the Ryder Cup with its youngest team ever, and it worked out even better Friday than they imagined at windswept Whistling Straits.

Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele each won two matches and all six U.S. rookies contributed at least a half-point on a day of chill and warmth, sunshine and rain, and a constant dose of American red scores on the boards.

The Americans won both sessions to build a 6-2 lead, sending Europe and its vast experience to its largest deficit after the opening day.  Read more

From Golfweek, USA Today:

Dustin Johnson 2-0, Rory McIlroy 0-2 and U.S. has largest Day 1  lead in 46 years

Well, the Americans jumped out to a 3-1 lead as the teams of Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, and Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa delivered victories in Foursomes play at Whistling Straits.

Whether or not Stricker changed up things because of what he saw in the morning is unknown, but he sent out all 12 of his charges on the first day.  Read more

From The Athletic.com:

The United States opened the 43rd Ryder Cup with a terrific Day 1 performance, seizing a 6-2 lead over Team Europe by the end of Friday's eight matches at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. It is the U.S.'s largest Day 1 lead in 46 years at the event.

The Europeans claimed the first of four foursome matches when Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia beat Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, 3&1. But the U.S. bounced back to take the next five matches.  Read more

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