Europe sweeps foursomes to take 5-3 Ryder lead

How to watch Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup on Friday

How to watch Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup on Friday

Koepka, a double major victor this year, fared much better for the Ryder Cup holders as he found the short grass from the tee and hit a solid approach to eight feet, although his birdie putt shaved the right edge of the hole. It is the only match the Americans are leading. It's a testament to the European's dominance that none of the foursomes matches even made it to the 17 hole.

Sergio Garcia and rookie Alex Noren annihilated Phil Mickelson and first timer Bryson Dechambeau 5 and 4 in a battle between four men rested in the morning. The U.S. has swept foursomes five times but never in the previous 41 Ryder Cups has the Euorpean team done so, until now.

McIlroy and Ian Poulter, who sat out the fourballs, have slipped to 2-down against Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson after five holes of the foursomes at Le Golf National. Tyrrell Hatton missed a 20-foot birdie attempt on the 18th, and Spieth rolled in his 3-foot par putt for a 1-up victory.

That led to the match being all square ... They made par on the par-4 1st hole after Poulter's tee shot ran off the fairway into the water harazed.

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In 2012, following the USA side's worst singles meltdown, then-captain Davis Love III pointed to the pin position on Sunday at the 17 hole on the right portion of the green.

Woods, who came into this event in top form after winning last week's Tour Championship, was expected to form a strong pairing with Reed, the United States' outstanding player at Hazeltine two years ago. He followed with a 35-foot birdie putt, crouching to watch as it broke into the cup.

No shot resonated more across Le Golf National than Tony Finau's at the par-three 16th. Spieth was paired with Justin Thomas in the four-ball match.

Asked if he would work on any aspect of his game ahead of Day 2, Woods, whose Ryder Cup win-loss-halve record now reads 13-18-3, replied: "I'm not going to work on anything". Fowler gave the Americans their first lead with a birdie on the 10th, and Johnson birdied the next two holes for a 3-up lead.

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