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After a rare morning sweep which was the first since 1975, the US found themselves hanging on in the afternoon. It was obvious that Europe was not going to roll over and play dead after an abysmal start but they stormed back in the afternoon. What was not obvious was how poor the US pairing played for most of their rounds in the afternoon.
Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler were able to scramble this morning in what could only be described as a back and forth match to close out McIllroy and Sullivan. The only reason I bring that match up first is because it was the only really competitive match of the morning as Phil and Rickey won 1 up.
The pairings of Speith and Reed were able to defeat Stenson and Rose 3 & 2. And just a bit better than that is Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson winning 4&2. In the final match of the morning Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar would defeat their pairing 5&4.
As mentioned though, the afternoon was completely different. The Europeans charged back in the afternoon winning 3 of 4. The lone American win was in four ball, which most thought this fit the US Style better. It was Snedeker and Koepka that boat raced Kaymer and Willet 5&4.
Players that stood out: Patrick Reed was an absolute Star this morning with his long game and Ricky Fowler’s short game was on during the morning session.
“It took a lot of heart to come back there. I played a little bit tight and my man here got me to hit some shots in the end and hit some iron shots and got the best out of me. I really cherish the opportunity to play with him. I knew when I first met him many years ago, he was something special.” – Phil Mickelson
The pair of Mickelson and Fowler went down 2 and completely flipped the card and was able to go up 1 going into the 18th hole and would close it out in the end.
Early Struggles :As far as players today that were not a real factor, Thomas Pieters would struggle in the morning session and was far and away the lesser in the afternoon pairing with McIllroy. So much so he hit a 92 yard wedge into the green 192 yards.
Dustin Johnson was on fire for most of the day unlike his partner. Kuchar struggled most of the day and it would take 30 holes for him to finally grab a birdie.
Early Look at Saturday
At the time of this post, the pairings for tomorrow were not released. We will update the schedule when it’s available.