Europe continues its beating of the United States at the Ryder in Rome | Sports
Europe’s triumphant march continues at the Ryder Cup in Rome. The European team dominates by 9.5 to 2.5 points after the duels of foursomes (one ball per couple) this Saturday morning, resulting in three local victories and one visitor, and with the biggest defeat in history in this modality: a 9&7 (nine holes ahead with seven to play) in favor of Hovland and Aberg in his duel against Scheffler and Koepka.
“Forever in our hearts”. A large canvas with the image of Severiano Ballesteros is displayed in the stands of the tee of the one. Rome honors the myth, the man who revolutionized Ryder to turn it into the great world competition it is today, the player who convinced European golfers that they could defeat the American empire. There is no Ryder in Europe that is not imbued with that rebellious spirit that Jon Rahm represents so much today. In every corner of the locker room, in every blow, there is Seve. Under the tribute to the legend, his son Javier Ballesteros, Chema Olazabal, who was his best partner and friend, and the European captain, Luke Donald, applaud with their hearts. Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy just hit their tee shots at 7:35 and emotions are already running high at the Marco Simone.
He Seve effect works instantly. And how. Three first holes won for McIlroy and Fleetwood against Spieth and Thomas. And the first four conquered consecutively, and five of six, and six of eight, by Hovland and the rookie Aberg (what an accelerated master’s degree in the Ryder for the young Swede without having even played a major) against two stars like Scheffler and Koepka. Two wins. In half an hour of competition the board was already stained blue again, as if Saturday were Friday. The European players were still in a trance, fine and integrated. The Americans could not find the formula either from the start or from the greenout of focus: they missed the fairway, lost the ball in the weeds, wasted a putt simple, they carried a double bogey…
The image of the fall was that of the world number one, Scheffler, and Koepka, winner of five majors. Hovland and Aberg did not give them a second of respite (seven birdies), and the shake-up was so monumental for two of the great figures of world golf that the scoreboard closed at a scandalous 9&7, the biggest beating in the history of golf. foursomes. Scheffler ended up sunk, in tears and with his face covered by his cap, devastated after the crash. The leader of the world rankings had been an unrecognizable player and, the hardest thing for him, and for anyone who competes in a Ryder, he had failed his team and his country. The emotional blow for the American troops was gigantic, surely one from which they would no longer be able to recover.
To make matters worse, the best version of McIlroy had awakened, and Fleetwood and the Northern Irishman linked two eagles followed in the 11th and 12th, while Thomas tried to pull the sad Spieth. A conservative plan was enough for the European couple, but then the proud reaction of the duo of American friends emerged, two generation mates who rowed in search of the comeback: partial victories in the 13th and 14th. The superb putt McIlroy in the 15th turned off the tap and headed for the 2&1 victory. Homa and Harman did battle against Lowry and Straka in a very hard-fought clash, an exception among so many unequal duels. A eagle of Homa on the par five of the 12th certified the American superiority in this square, a 4&2 final to finally embrace the first point in red in a day and a half of competition after the blue wave.
This time Jon Rahm was not the first to go, but his duo with Hatton closed the morning against Cantlay and Schauffele. At the second stop of the route they were already marching one up the bogey of the visitors, and they were three in arrears after the first eight. Europe has discovered a couple of many revolutions with Rahm and Hatton, two men who live golf with a lot of passion, pure Ryder feeling. A birdie of the Basque on the 11th cut off the attempted reaction and a shot to the flag on the par three of the 17th raised the score to 2&1. At noon, 9.5 to 2.5 for locals. Europe had been a storm. The United States was on the ropes.
The captains rested Rahm and Scheffler in the fourballs (each player with his ball) in the afternoon. Spanish, to replenish energy. The North American, to heal the wounds of the beating suffered. Also out was Koepka, who on Friday had accused Rahm of “pouting and acting like a child.”
The duels are Hovland and Aberg against Burns and Morikawa, Fleetwood and Hojgaard against Homa and Harman, Rose and MacIntyre against Thomas and Spieth, and McIlroy and Fitzpatrick against Cantlay and Clark.
Results and agenda
Rory McIlroy y Tommy Fleetwood, 2&1 a Justin Thomas y Jordan Spieth.
Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg, 9&7 a Scottie Scheffler y Brooks Koepka.
Max Homa y Brian Harman, 4&2 a Sepp Straka y Shane Lowry.
Jon Rahm y Tyrrell Hatton, 2&1 a Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.
Sunday. 12 individual duels.
TV: Movistar Golf starting at 11.30.
All the results of the Ryder Cup in Rome.
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