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Here’s the latest from Day 2 of the 2021 Ryder Cup (all times in eastern):
9:09 a.m.: Still early but still somewhat bleak for Europe. Little bit of a break in the action here, so we’ll give you a quick scoreboard update:
Koepka/Berger 2 UP over Rahm/Garcia thru four holes
Johnson/Morikawa 3 UP over Casey/Hatton thru three holes
Hovland/Wiesberger 1 UP over Thomas/Spieth thru two holes
Schauffele/Cantlay ALL SQUARE with Westwood/Fitzpatrick thru one hole
8:48 a.m.: Sheesh. Not to be dramatic, but this is getting out of hand. Berger and Koepka are now 3 up through three holes, while Morikawa and DJ just took a 2 up through two holes lead themselves. Back at No. 1, though, Bernd Wiesberger makes birdie to get a European flag on the board. They desperately needed one.
8:32 a.m.: That’s two matches off, and we have two American flags on the board early. Dustin Johnson stuck his wedge to within three feet, and Collin Morikawa converts the birdie putt. Paul Casey’s birdie putt was from about 35 feet, so it’s another early American lead here on Day 2.
And in the first match, Daniel Berger holes another putt for a second straight USA birdie, putting the U.S. up 2 over Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia early.
Oh boy … and as you can see in the below video, spirits aren’t exactly light right now for Team Europe. Advantage: 🇺🇸
8:15 a.m.: Another day, the same result early for the Americans. Daniel Berger rolls in the birdie on the first hole to win the hole for the Americans—they take an early 1-up lead in the match against the European stalwarts Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, the lone Euro duo who are the favorites in their match. The Europeans can’t afford to lose that one…
Early advantage: Team USA 🇺🇸
8:05 a.m.: We are off in the first match of the day! Sergio Garcia tees off first again for the Euros in foursomes. And like he did yesterday, he finds a bunker off the first tee, putting some early pressure on Jon Rahm. Daniel Berger stripes it down the middle, so early advantage Team USA.
Brooks Koepka is first to play for the U.S., and his wedge is a strong one—somewhere within 12 feet or so, giving Berger a chance at an early birdie for the U.S.
Jon Rahm from the bunker, sails the green, so Sergio will have a finnicky pitch with not much room on the first hole for the Europeans.
7:55 a.m.: The first tee has some insane energy this morning at Whistling Straits. The overwhelmingly Team USA crowd can sense blood after one of the most memorable days in recent American Ryder Cup memory.
Apparently the crowd was even chanting: “We want Rory,” at captain Paddy Harrington. The American fans feel confident … and probably rightfully so after Friday.
The matches this morning in foursomes:
Match 1: Brooks Koepka/Daniel Berger vs. Jon Rahm/Sergio Garcia
Match 2: Dustin Johnson/Collin Morikawa vs. Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton
Match 3: Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth vs. Viktor Hovland/Bernd Wiesberger
Match 4: Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay vs. Matt Fitzpatrick/Lee Westwood
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