Ryder Cup 2018: Dominant Europe takes US to the brink

Justin Rose and Jon Rahm

That was a reference to the whitewash Europe suffered in the opening session in 2016 and such a nightmare start was on the cards again until some late heroics from Molinari and Fleetwood, who birdied five of the last seven holes to beat Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed 3&1.

So yeah ... heckling McIlroy at the Ryder Cup probably won't do you much good.

Furyk looked shellshocked out on the course as he surveyed the giant scoreboards swathed in blue but tried to take the long view when considering the day.

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods plays a tee shot during his fourball match on the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup.

"I envisioned more, but that's the way it worked out and that's the way we thought we had to go".

Thomas, last year's PGA Championship victor, then birdied the 16th and 17th - the latter to clinch the match.

Once again too many USA players were too loose off the tee and too aggressive with their approaches, captain Jim Furyk looking on in blank-faced disbelief as his team of star names and major winners failed to cope with the challenging but never vindictive course set-up. His pace looked a little bit slow walking, " USA captain Jim Furyk said.

McIlroy made four birdies as Europe went four up after eight holes but Koepka and Finau dug in and when both Europeans hit approaches into water on the 15th the gap was two.

"They wanted to do this and when they both said that they were really keen on that pairing, I started looking at facts and figures and everything that was built around them".

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What to expect: You can bet Woods and Reed will come out fired up.

The Northern Irishman complained about raucous US fans at the 2016 Ryder Cup, claiming they overstepped boundaries with comments in certain instances. "I mean, he put a lot of work and effort into it and played a lot more golf than he's used to".

"And physically, I think Tiger's pretty fit, but that takes a mental toll, and I think he was a little exhausted earlier this week".

"I think early in the week, he looked a little exhausted".

All odds are via Sportsbook.ag and current as of Friday afternoon at 1:40 p.m. ET. I think his style of game lends itself very well for foursomes. That's what you need. That makes for a dilemma: do you put those differences aside for the good of the team, or are they too great to overcome?

"It didn't work out, but you know, I think he might be emotionally a little bit exhausted. I know he's going to be fit and ready to go tomorrow".

Captain Jim Furyk faced a headache in his selection order for the Sunday singles - he needed to front-load his team, with early European wins meaning a premature defeat.

Indeed, after what happened at Brookline and Medinah, there's no Ryder Cup lead as unsettling as 10-6.

"We enjoy each other's company, but we love coming out here, and the fire and the passion that he (Garcia) has, it's infectious, and it rubs off on me pretty well", said McIlroy.

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