Patrick Cantlay gives life to the team deer in front of Europe when the difference of Ryder Cup facing the result of the Italian courses at the Marco Simone Golf Club, outside Rome. There’s a gulf (and a lot of tension) between them, but… Two birdies from the Californian on the last two holes, When he and Wyndham Clark were bowled in the fourth and final four balls, they helped him turn the duel around, winning the match against the Northern Irishman. Rory McIlroy and in english Matthew Fitzpatrick and remains five points behind the hosts, who dominate the tournament by 10.5 and 5.5 at the end of the second day. In that context and among the reasons for the celebrations, this Sunday Europe needed four wins out of 12 singles to win the title.
It looks like the Europeans will close on Saturday with a lead of seven, something that will happen if they continue the victory of the previous game and could weaken the opposing team. but Cantlay made two great shots on the green which allows Americans shouting, celebrating the victory in that game and improve mood, although they rely on a high level of intent and a feat to reverse history.
Cantlay’s birdie on the 18th hole
After Friday 6.5 to 1.5, Europe dominates the foursomes again, the system where players of the same team take turns hitting the ball, and The United States, which entered the fourballs with a 9.5 to 2.5 disadvantage, stormed back to a 3-1 lead. in the afternoon when it’s time for everyone to hit their ball and the best individual performance on each hole is taken into account.
Beyond the reaction when the water has risen to the neck, it is clear that it will not be easy for the United States to reverse the situation to end 30 years without winning the competition on European soil. “I think we need to increase our strength to have any chance, which on the other hand always exists. It’s obviously difficult, but each of us knows what to do,” he summarized. Collin Morikawa, who is one of those who gave a dose of hope to those led by Zach Johnson by winning the tandem of Sam Burns one of four duels in the afternoon.
Europe begins the second day of the the same unstoppable rhythm as before. even more, wrote another historic page in the competition thanks to the great Norwegian victory Viktor Hovland and the swedish Ludwig Aberg before world number one, Scottie Scheffler, and the winner of five Majors, Brooks Koepka. The Americans They didn’t win a single hole y entered the books as the victims of the greatest victory in foursomes in a long competition: the advantage is 9 with seven holes left, so the duel ends in 11. Aberg is inches away from a deer hole, besides.
The United States, which experienced a winless Friday in eight duels for the first time, only claimed victory in the second game on Saturday with Max Homa y Brian Harman, who conquered the Irish Shane Lowry and in Austria Sepp Straka for 4 and 2. They have to play 10 games. Then came the celebration of Morikawa and Burns at the beginning of the fourballs, against Hovland and Aberg, who seemed to take revenge on Scheffler and Koepka. Afterwards, the Americans became closer due to another success of Homa and Harman, this time in front Tommy Fleetwood y Nicolai Hojgaard, and the closing of Cantlay, after the disappointment suffered because Justin Rose along with debutant Robert Macintyre returned to the match against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
Like on the opening day, when Koepka accused Spaniard Jon Rahm, felt the tension again in competition. The (almost) extravagant celebrations are changing and that did not please McIlroy this time, who won his first three matches and missed the last match. When The Northern Irishman missed a par shot on the 18th hole, Joe LaCava, Cantlay’s caddy, celebrated He looked at Rory defiantly and started waving his hat, just like the European fans did to Patrick.
Later, in the clubhouse, he was seen McIlroy was confused, LaCava was reprimanded for his actions with yelling and pointing at him. Between his compatriot Lowry and the brother of Justin Thomas, they intervened so that the situation does not get worse. “It’s some moves on the 18th and more fuel for Sunday,” Rory concluded, consulting about the argument. The definition is hot.