WIf the “Wisconsin miracle” doesn’t happen on Sunday, the Ryder Cup decides: After the first two days with a total of 16 four-games, as doubles are called in golf, the “USA” team leads the European team with a score of 11:5. Never in golf fencing history This prestige would make up for such a shortfall. The biggest gains so far came from the Americans in 1999 and the ‘Euro’ in 2012, which trailed by 6:10. In Sunday’s twelve singles (starting at 6:00pm CEST), the hosts only need three wins and one draw to reach the 14 points required to reclaim the Ryder Cup.
And one more thing speaks in favor of the home win: So far, every team has managed to win at least three and a half points per capita on Sunday. On the other hand, Europe would have to win nine out of 12 matches to score 14 points for a draw which would be enough for the defending champions to bring the trophy back to the old continent.
But at least European selection specialists still radiate hope: “We each think we can win on our own,” Shane Lowry said. The 34-year-old Irishman, one of the three newcomers to the squad, narrowly won on Saturday afternoon in a four-ball game with his England partner Terrell Hatton against Tony Finau and Harris English with “1auf” (another hole won). “If you have a one percent chance, you have to believe it one hundred percent,” he added. The 34-year-old British Open champion from 2019 ensured a sunken three-meter shot on the 18th hole ensured that the guests shared their last four-ball ‘session’ 2:2 after losing the first three 1:3.
“not finished yet”
“It’s not over yet. We’ll give it everything,” said Sergio Garcia. The 41-year-old Spaniard won his two matches on Saturday with fellow countryman John Ram, who is 15 years his junior. The two won first in the classic quartet against Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger (3 and 1). In the afternoon, the new “Golf Armada” also won the match against Koepka, who this time played with Jordan Spieth (2 & 1). Garcia praised his partner for “playing John like number one”. The 26-year-old Basque demonstrated in The two days caused him to confidently lead the world rankings.With three and a half points (three wins and one draw), he is the most successful European player.
Even if the rules of industrial hacking in a match game – that is, hand-to-hand duels – aren’t given much importance, in Whistling Straits, it wasn’t just Karim who showed why they rated so highly. World number two Dustin Johnson won all four of his rounds, three times with the third seed, Colin Morikawa, alongside him, like Olympic champion Xander Schaufli, winning his three matches.
Surprisingly poor performance by Rory McIlroy
While all twelve Americans scored points, each shared a four-way win, seven of the twelve Euros went completely blank, including veteran English veterans Ian Poulter (45), Paul Casey (44) and Lee. Westwood (48). Even more surprising is the poor performance of Rory McIlroy. For the first time in his sixth Ryder Cup appearance, he had to pause in a session. The Northern Irish star had to watch the classic quartet on Saturday morning. In the afternoon, Harrington put him back in the race with Poulter. Against the pairing Johnson/Morikowa they had no chance (4 and 3). The stats show just how far McIlroy is from his best: In two four-ball games he only played a hole one below par, on Friday the fifth hole with an eagle.
Despite the weakness of some players, Harrington was optimistic on Saturday night: “It is a difficult task, but it is still possible. Every player should focus tomorrow on winning their game.”
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