Europe power back in Friday four-balls at the Ryder Cup

America lead 5-3 going into the second day

BY Daniel Kelly 09:33 Saturday 1 October 2016, 9:33 1 Oct 2016

Rafa Cabrero-Bello and Sergio Garcia. Picture by: Charlie Riedel / AP/Press Association Images

After suffering a 4-0 loss in the opening foursomes at the Ryder Cup, Europe powered back into contention by winning three of the four afternoon four-ball matches to trail 5-3 ahead of the second day.

In a repeat of the opening game on Friday morning, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson took on Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in the opening four-balls match. After losing the first hole, The European duo won six of the following 13 holes to win 5&4. It was Spieth's and Reed's first Ryder Cup loss as a duo.

The Spanish team of Rafa Cabrero-Bello and Sergio Garcia were comfortable 3&2 winners over JB Holmes and Ryan Moore. The away duo never trailed and were 4up after nine, before claiming victory on the 16th.

America's only win of the afternoon, was also the biggest winning margin of the session. Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka never trailed in their 5&4 win over Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett. The European duo only won one hole in the match.

The final match of the afternoon was the most dramatic, with Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters defeating Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar. The Europeans never trailed in the match and were 4up after seven. They eventually won 3&2 with McIlroy holing the only eagle of the day, on the 16th.

After the Friday four-balls, the pairings for Saturday's foursomes were released. Europe's Matthew Fitzpatrick and Chris Wood will make their debuts. The English duo were the only two players not to play on Friday. 

The first match gets underway at 1.35pm Irish time.


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