Orignally published on 2021-09-24 13:33:53 by www.si.com
Follow along with us live this week at Whistling Straits for the latest scores and news from the 43rd Ryder Cup.
🇺🇸 Latest scores from the Ryder Cup 🇪🇺
USA 3, Europe 1
Here are the updated scores for Friday afternoon’s fourball matches.
- Dustin Johnson/Xander Schauffele are 2 up on Paul Casey/Bernd Weisberger through 8
- Jon Rahm/Tyrrell Hatton are tied with Bryson DeChambeau/Scottie Scheffler through 6
- Rory McIlroy/Shane Lowry are 1 up on Tony Finau/Harris English through 5
- Tommy Fleetwood/Viktor Hovland are 1 up on Justin Thomas/Patrick Cantlay through 4
If it was true that the United States Ryder Cup team needed an infusion of fresh talent, not scarred by continued losses to the Europeans, then having six rookies on the 2021 squad may be paying off.
Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Daniel Berger and Xander Schauffele were part of wins as the Americans built a 3-1 morning lead.
The European veterans did not deliver in the morning session
Experience clearly did not help the Europeans in Friday morning’s foursomes as they dug themselves a 3-1 hole.
The eight players that European Captain Padraig Harrington sent out had a combined 72-52-24 Ryder Cup record (84 points). The bulk of that belonged to fortysomething players Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, who combined for 56 of those 72 wins.
In the afternoon, Harrington is sending out a lineup that is a combined 22-20-9. European experience will not be as much of a factor as only Paul Casey (13) and Rory McIlroy (25) have played more than 10 Ryder Cup matches. Bernd Wiesberger and Shane Lowry are making their debuts and Viktor Hovland lost his debut this morning
This is the View from the International Space Station
It’s USA 3, Europe 1 after the morning foursomes.
Should the Europeans be concerned with their 3-1 deficit? Nah, not really. The last time the Euros won an opening session outright was 2006. Of the seven matches since then, including this year, they have trailed after six first sessions. In 2012, the teams were tied 2-2. Playing from behind has not been an issue for the Europeans as they went on to win four of the six Cups since 2006.
The USA Leads 3-1 after the Friday Morning Session
Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia put the first point on the board at the 43rd Ryder Cup. The United States team then won the next three matches. The Americans need 14-1/2 points to win the cup back. Europe retains with 14 or more.
Here are the results for each morning match:
- Dustin Johnson/Collin Morikawa defeated Paul Casey/Viktor Hovland, 3 & 2.
- Brooks Koepka/Daniel Berger defeated Lee Westwood/Matt Fitzpatrick, 2 & 1.
- Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele defeated Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter, 5 & 3.
Lee Westwood is now Team Europe’s all-time leader in this category
By playing in this morning’s foursomes match, Lee Westwood surpassed Bernhard Langer and Nick Faldo for all-time European foursome matches played with 19. Also, Garcia moved into a second-place tie with Langer and Faldo with 18.
Points Americans win this morning might mean even more than normal
While foursome play has not been the United States’ forte, actually getting it out of the way on Friday morning may be advantageous.
The last time the Ryder Cup opened with morning foursome play was 2012, when the Yanks went 2-2. In the following three Ryder Cups (2014, 2016 and 2018), the Americans were outscored 10.5-1.5 in afternoon foursomes. Regardless of the overall score at Friday’s end, the Europeans had a bit more pep in their step thanks to their foursome play.
However, during that same stretch of four Ryder Cups, the Americans outscored the Europeans 12.5-3.5 in fourball play, and their quick starts in three of those Ryder Cups were negated by Europe’s strong afternoon foursomes play.
If the Americans can hold onto their morning leads, the afternoon could play right into their hands.
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele are 🔥🔥🔥
The American rookies have won the first five holes against Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.
Sergio Garcia + Jon Rahm = peanut butter and jelly
At 41, Sergio Garcia may be past his prime, but his game has already set Jon Rahm up for four birdie putts — albeit one being a long-range bomb — and helped the opening pairing to a 2-up lead through eight holes. Consider this about Garcia: He’s got a 22-12-7 career Ryder Cup record, including 18-8-6 with partners. Overall, Garcia has totaled 25.5 points, which is equal to the combined United States roster.
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele are rolling early
The American rookies have the biggest margin (3 up) of any match right now:
All four morning matches are out on the Straits
Here’s where we’re at, about 80 minutes after the first tee shots this morning:
Here’s an early highlight from the Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas vs. Jon Rahm/Sergio Garcia match:
Fun fact: Florida State’s Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger are the first college teammates to be paired together at the Ryder Cup since Wake Forest’s Curtis Strange and Jay Haas in 1995.
Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa make early birdies
The 43rd Ryder Cup’s first shift on the scoreboard occurred within a matter of seconds when American Collin Morikawa, playing in the morning’s second match, rolled in a birdie putt to win the 1st hole. Less than a minute later up at the par-4 2nd hole, Jordan Spieth made birdie to give the United States the lead in the opening two matches.
But, remember, it’s early … very early.
Game on, boys
As expected, a raucous and rowdy crowd greeted Friday morning’s foursomes matches in the amphitheater setting.
European stalwart Sergio Garcia, who owns a 22-12-7 Ryder Cup record and has scored as many points as the combined United States team, hit the opening tee shot — left into a bunker. His counterpart, Justin Thomas, found the fairway.
The Americans, though, missed an opportunity for a 1-up lead when Thomas aggressively pushed his birdie attempt. The hole was halved with pars.
What’s Happened Thursday at the 43rd Ryder Cup
Here are the matches and tee times for Friday morning foursomes
- 7:05 a.m.: Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia vs. Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas
- 7:53 a.m.: Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter vs. Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schaueffle
- 7:37 a.m.: Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick vs. Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger
- 7:21 a.m.: Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland vs. Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa
The opening ceremonies are happening
You can watch the festivities live on Golf Channel. You can stream the ceremony here on Golf Channel. The pairings for tomorrow’s morning foursomes will be announced soon.
Here’s the first morning’s pairings, just announced:
7:05 a.m.: Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia vs. Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas
7:53 a.m.: Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter vs. Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schaueffle
7:37 a.m.: Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick vs. Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger
7:21 a.m.: Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland vs. Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa
While we wait for the pairings to be revealed, let’s watch Henrik Stenson shadowboxing to “Eye of the Tiger”:
Here are the predictions GC’s Paige Mackenzie and David Duval made:
Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia vs. Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas
Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland vs. Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa
Tyrrell Hatton and Shane Lowry vs. Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka
Paul Casey and Matthew Fitzpatrick vs. Patrick Cantlay and Xavier Schauffele
Let’s hear from Jeff Ritter and Gary Van Sickle outside Zig’s
Zig’s Golf Haven is literally right across the street from Whistling Straits. It’s also from where SI/Morning Read’s Jeff Ritter and Gary Van Sickle are firing takes this week
Butch Harmon predicts Team USA’s morning pairings
We’ll learn during today’s opening ceremony (4 to 5 p.m. Central) who’s paired up tomorrow morning. In the meantime, Butch Harmon has a take that sounds about right. One big question: Will Bryson play foursomes?
Xander Schauffele Has a New Driver this Week
Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele will play a 10.5° Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS Driver this week. That’s a different head than the slightly less-lofted Callaway driver it replaces.
According to Callaway, the club launches higher on draws and with more spin, leading to more carry.
The Rough at Whistling Straits is Not Really that Rough
According to the AP: The rough on the course is “Fairly similar to what you’d find on your local golf course,” according to the head of maintenance, Chris Zugel.
Anyone who’s walked Whistling Straits this week can confirm. The home team is allowed to prepare the course however it likes before Ryder Cup week begins.
However, that responsibility moved to the match committee on Monday.
Here’s the portion from the captains’ agreement that covers that part:
The captains’ agreement is an informative read, by the way. It covers everything from pace of play to the envelope rule to how many carts each team gets.
Why the ‘Envelope Rule’ is a little bit different this year
The so-called ‘envelope rule’ is one of more obscure parts of the Ryder Cup. Essentially, captains have to select one player who won’t play Sunday if a player from the other side can’t play because of injury. Most of the time, we have no idea who those guys are. The rule has rarely come into play since it was adopted in 1979.
It’s changing this year because of COVID. The AP’s Doug Ferguson has an excellent explainer here.
Brooks Koepka met the media and was asked about all the things
Here’s his press conference from this morning
He’s asked about his health at about 2:19 and says he “feels fine. I feel as good as I’ve felt in a long time.” The first Bryson question comes at 9:13.
He’s asked about the Golf Digest interview at 10:30.
“I never said it was negative,” Koepka says. “Ya’ll spun it that way. I said it was different … That doesn’t mean it’s bad.”
We’ll find out Friday’s morning pairings this afternoon
Good morning! We’re less than 24 hours away from watching the madness at the first tee when the first competitive shots are struck at 7:05 a.m. local time to begin the 43rd Ryder Cup.
We’ll find who’ll be hitting those shots (and the entire morning foursomes lineup) between 4 and 5 p.m. today when the captains reveal their pairings during the opening ceremonies.
Continue reading below to see what happened yesterday. Here’s a few links to help you catch up quickly too:
So do Oliver, Oscar, Lucas, William and Leo:
The Americans and Europeans cleaned up real nice for their team dinners last night:
What Happened Wednesday at the 43rd Ryder Cup:
If it Came to Social Media, the Europeans Win 22-6
Brilliant work 🤣
Here are the Odds on Bryson and Brooks Hugging it out
Oddsmakers at Sportsbettingdime.com have posted lines on the kind of on-camera celebratory interaction Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau might have this week. The early favorite is handshake:
High Five +250
No Physical Contact (e.g. hat tip, head nod, cold shoulder) +400
Fist bump +900
First thought as a bettor: these guys are much more likely to fist bump each other than handshake. Place your bets accordingly.
You can also bet on who Paul Azinger will first criticize for a current controversy:
Brooks Koepka (Does Not like Ryder Cup) +200
Steve Stricker (Player Selection) +300
U.S. Crowd/Fans (Bevahior) +450
Bryson Dechambeau (Long Drive Competition) +550
Patrick Reed (Complaint about not making team) +1200
Team Europe Did This on the First Tee
The European Team won over the home crowd, at least temporarily by wearing cheeseheads on the first tee:
- Speaking of practice rounds, here are the groups on the course today:
- Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry Jon Rahm
- Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood
- Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland, Matt Fitzpatrick, Bernd Wiesberger
- Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas
- Bryson DeChambeau, Harris English, Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa
- Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, Scottie Scheffler
It’s Going to be 💨 this Week
- It’s officially the first day of fall and it feels like it here in Wisconsin. The forecast the rest of this week looks pretty, pretty good. One thing that sticks out: the wind is going to be coming from different directions during play:
Xander Schauffele Used to Fall Asleep When Golf Came on TV
- Ian Poulter mentioned the wind during his media session Wednesday. You can read full transcripts for everyone here:
The AP mined a couple of nice nuggets from those interviews:
Xander Schauffele said he doesn’t have a lot of Ryder Cup memories because he’d usually fall asleep when his dad would switch the TV to golf after the San Diego Chargers game was over.
Padraig Harrington says he’ll get a tattoo if Europe wins. Thomas Bjorn got a Ryder Cup tattoo on his backside after winning in France in 2018. Harrington didn’t say where he would get his, which would be his first.
The Team Photos are In
So, Where is Whistling Straits, Exactly?
Ask most anyone from Wisconsin where Whistling Straits is and you’ll likely get one of these answers: Sheboygan, Kohler, Mosel, Haven, the American Club, or “north of Milwaukee.” None of those are wrong.
The Straits Course — and its neighboring Irish Course — are about 67 miles north of downtown Milwaukee in the Town of Mosel, part of the unincorporated community of Haven. The American Club is about 10 miles away in Kohler. Downtown Sheboygan is about eight miles away.
We’re right here:
This joint is right across the street and is home to fantastic, folded-over cherry pies: