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Ryder Cup: Huge stand to set pulse racing but atmosphere flat-lined

29 Septembre 2018

Sky Sports commentator Rich Beem said the spectator had "suffered a nasty injury" after the ball hit her "just above the eye". They are in danger of being routed.

The surprise was that the United States team were unable to make any sort of impact until the afternoon, when they shared the points in the afternoon foursomes.

The Ryder Cup is in full swing now and as expected US golfer Patrick Reed is living up to his role as the pantomime villain. Balls found the rough, balls found the water and a few of them even found fairways.

Finau's birdie on the par-three 16th narrowed it to one but Garcia nailed his putt on the 17th. Woods played well enough to get another shot in the afternoon but Europe's new power couple erased any hope and were already five ahead at the turn.

The 42nd Ryder Cup will hold no fond memories for Woods, who has been on the winning side only once in his seven previous appearances, as he fell victim to the Fleetwood and Molinari express for the third time in two days.

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, who had never won a match together at the Ryder Cup, took Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren to the woodshed, and Spieth and Thomas continued their flow from the morning session. Fleetwood, a long-haired, bearded Englishman, has been nicknamed by some fans "Ryder Cup Jesus".

Sep 28, 2018; Paris, FRA; Europe golfer Rory McIlroy reacts on the 14th green during the Ryder Cup Friday afternoon matches at Le Golf National.

Sergio Garcia faces Rickie Fowler, with the Spaniard knowing victory would make him Europe's all-time highest Ryder Cup points scorer.

Justin Thomas reacts to his match-winner.

He didn't have much to celebrate. They not only cannot drive the ball on the fairway, they can't hit the layup shots.

Suddenly it was 8-3 Europe after it had trailed the USA 3-0 about 24 hours earlier. But there's still a lot of golf to be played.

Europe captain Thomas Bjorn's decision to rest Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in the morning paid dividends when they combined to beat world number one Dustin Johnson and three-time major victor Brooks Koepka 2&1. He was in full agreement with Harmon and pointed out that only one member of Team USA came to France to play on the course earlier this year. But he has been reinvigorated by the event.

But Molinari made consecutive birdies at the 11th and 12th holes to square the match, and neither Woods nor Reed could make a birdie the rest of the way.

Tommy Fleetwood and Francisco Molinari were also extremely solid in their win over Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed, who was looking out of sorts in the morning. Here's how everything shook out for Team Blue and Team Red on Saturday afternoon.

Ryder Cup: Huge stand to set pulse racing but atmosphere flat-lined