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Jordan Spieth lashes out at a photographer on day two of the Ryder Cup as Team USA’s woes continue.
Spieth, 30, let his frustrations boil in Marco Simone’s face during the morning quad session alongside his long-time friend Justin Thomas as they looked to get the Americans back into contention after a dismal first day.
After the first winless day in Ryder Cup history, Team USA trailed 6.5-1.5 and Spieth and Thomas were tasked with regaining some ground in the first match against Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood.
However, McIlroy and Fleetwood, nicknamed Fleetwood Mac, got off to a fast start, leading three after three and leaving a shell-shocked Spieth and Thomas with work to do.
Spieth in particular struggled to find his game again and took his frustration out on a photographer.
After a powerful volley over Marco Simone in the fifth minute, the three-time tournament winner tried to put his effort from close range onto the green but left his shot short and found the sideline.
As soon as the ball left the club face, Spieth was visibly unimpressed by the effort, turning to a group of nearby photographers and staring at them.
“I mean guys, come on,” he said, before his stand, Michael Greller, also expressed his annoyance, adding: “Guys, watch the cameras.”
The incident compounded the Americans’ misery with Sky Sports commentator Wayne Riley describing Spieth as “disturbed”.
Spieth and Thomas were unable to muster a comeback with McIlroy and Fleetwood, who also took the win in the first day’s foursome, winning 2&1.
The match was one of three losses for the United States in the morning session as Max Homa and Open champion Brian Harman secured the Americans’ first Ryder Cup victory.
After his team’s crushing defeat, captain Zach Johnson claimed they had a disease spreading in the locker room.
“We have some congestion and some signs just of unfortunate things,” he said Friday. “It spread through my team.” We’re just fighting things internally. It’s kind of been passed around a little bit – the caddies and the players.
However, the US captain was quick to stress on Saturday that the mysterious “crowding” was no excuse.
“It’s just part of it.” [illness]”This is a sport, that’s no excuse,” he told Sky Sports. “As I said over and over again Luke [Donald] And his team performed wonderfully and that’s the story.
The Americans were left facing carnage after the morning session of the second day with a deficit of 9 1/2-2 1/2 heading to the four balls.
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