Europe never looked settled on day one’s morning sessions, sending out 4 teams for the alternate shot, or “foursomes” format.
They’d end the morning without taking a single point.
The much-talked about duo of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who excelled in 2014, jumped out on major winners Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, and after taking a quick 3-0 lead, before ultimately winning 3 & 2. The lone hole lost by the U.S. featured a 1.5-foot putt they opted not to concede to Stenson. The gamesmanship started early, obviously.
Phil Mickelson admitted his nerves from the jump, and with wayward drive after wayward drive, looked out of sorts. They’d get rolling on the 7th though, netting 3 consecutive wins, before losing 3 more, and then finally winning 3 more. Needless to say, this match was an absolute thriller, as 11 holes were won and it took all 18 to find a winner.
Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson marched along niely against US-thorn Sergio Garcia and 4-time Ryder Cupper Martin Kaymer. But then, lightning in a bottle. The US side won the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th holes, turning a 1-down deficit into a 4 & 2 victory.
DJ and Kuchar jumped all over Westwood and Pieters, scoring 5 points before surrendering a hole. Johnson-Kuchar would never feel challenged, ultimately winning 5 & 4, losing only the aforementioned 9th hole. From the jump, this match was red all the way.
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