Crushing foursomes sweep puts Europe 5-3 ahead

Expert picks 2018 Ryder Cup Friday four-balls			Mike Ehrmann  Getty Images

Expert picks 2018 Ryder Cup Friday four-balls Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

In hopes of regaining some semblance of momentum, let alone the overall lead, US captain Jim Furyk will enlist the same pairings for Saturday morning's fourball session that posted a 3-1 total on Friday in the same format.

Europe will take a 5-3 lead into day two of the Ryder Cup after sensationally dominating the afternoon foursomes on Friday.

Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter vs. Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.

Justin Rose, whose approach into the water on the 18th in the morning cost Europe, teamed with old partner Henrik Stenson and dismantled Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler by winning five holes in a seven-hole stretch.

Both players were subsequently left out of the foursomes, which Europe won comprehensively, though they will partner each other again in Saturday morning's fourballs. At one point, the US led one match, trailed another and the other two were tied.

The result was arguably the most dominant session of golf in Ryder Cup history.

Jim Furyk wanted to make one point abundantly clear on Friday night, after his US team was swept in a session for the first time in 29 years.

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Europe began its bid to regain the Ryder Cup with a clean sweep of the foursomes matches Friday afternoon, allowing it to recover from Tony Finau's unbelievable fortune that made it look early as though the Americans were ready to end that 25-year drought away from home.

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas were made to work hard for their point on Friday morning before they were paired for a heavy defeat in foursomes.

"Brooks played some incredible golf in the middle of the back nine", Finau said, "and I needed him to". "But from 300 yards, even if none of us said fore, she's going to get hit, and that's the unfortunate thing".

He then sat out the foursomes - only the second session he has missed in eight Ryder Cups. "Looking at his game, he's a very good iron player, so I felt comfortable".

The talismanic Poulter all but ended the encounter as a contest with a dead-eyed birdie putt on the 13th, after an incredible recovery shot from McIlroy out of thick rough.

Rookie Finau, a captain's pick by Furyk, saw his tee shot at the par-three 16th hit the wooden boards separating the green from the water, before spinning into the air and coming to rest 3 feet from the hole for a simple birdie. But Spieth and Thomas are clearly viewed as one of the best American teams and need to play like it in order to get the Americans back into the competition.

"I just wanted to get out of there", he said. While winds picked up and temperatures remained cool, conditions that favor the Europeans, the four American teams won a combined three of 36 holes on the front nine while the European teams won 18.

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