Ryder Cup 2023: Day 2 Foursomes Recap

Ryder Cup 2023: Day 2 Foursomes Recap

Team USA headed into the second morning of the 2023 Ryder Cup in desperate need of points as they attempted to start their recovery from the 6.5-15 deficit they faced following the first day of play.

Just like in Day 1, Day 2 was kicked off with the foursomes with Europe looking to replicate the 4-0 whitewash from yesterday’s session.

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Day 2: Foursomes Recap

Rory McIlroy & Tommy Fleetwood vs Justin Thomas & Jordan Spieth – Europe win 2&1

With Team USA captain Zach Johnson in desperate need of quick points, Johnson turned to the talismanic pair of Justin Thomas & Jordan Spieth to get the day off to the perfect start.

Despite the American’s formidable Ryder Cup record, Jordan Spieth’s woes off the tee continued and numerous errant drives ensured that the Europeans would get off to an early three-hole lead.

To the American’s credit, they rallied brilliantly and managed to reduce the European’s lead to just one with four holes left to play.

With the match in the balance, Rory McIlroy once again stepped up to the plate and produced a moment of magic to wrestle the match away from the American’s grip. A superb strike to the heart of the 17th green ensured that the European’s would start the morning in the perfect fashion.

Viktor Hovland & Ludvig Aberg vs Scottie Scheffler & Brooks Koepka – Europe win 9&7

Day 1 was a day of Ryder Cup records and the Scandinavian pair of Viktor Hovland & Ludvig Aberg ensured more would tumble on the second morning.

Despite the global standings of Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka, the two never got going as they handed the early initiative to their European rivals’ courtesy of some sloppy play.

The Americans would struggle throughout the front nine, posting eight bogeys across a woeful nine holes. With Europe making the turn eight holes to the good, the rout ended on the 11th green with Europe going onto win 9&7.

Europe’s margin of victory was the biggest ever recorded in Ryder Cup history.

Shane Lowry & Sepp Straka vs Max Homa & Brian Harman – USA win 4&2

After ten matches, Team USA finally got their first victory of this year’s Ryder Cup. Max Homa has looked like America’s best player and he carried on his good form to win his first ever Ryder Cup match.

With the first nine holes ending all square, the American pair of Homa and Harman turned the screw at the start of the back nine. Three successive birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th holes swung the match heavily in their favour. Unlike yesterday, where the American’s blew several promising leads, both Homa and Harman were able to shut the door on the 16th green – posting America’s first win by a 4&2 margin.

Jon Rahm & Tyrell Hatton vs Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele – Europe win 2&1

With Team USA finally able to gather some positive momentum, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele were hoping to pick up the Americas second win of the session.

Despite normally being so rock solid with his putter, Xander Schauffele’s putting woes from day 1 continued, as he missed a string of short putts to keep Team Europe in the contest.

With the match in the balance heading up the 16th, a missed putt from Schauffele handed Tyrell Hatton the opportunity to clinch the hole and the Englishman would make no mistake.

A dart into the 17th green from John Rahm was followed by a superb approach from Patrick Cantlay. With Europe’s putt conceded, Schauffele once again missed the short putt to hand Europe the victory.

Heading into the afternoon session, Europe had extended their lead to 9.5-2.5 and left the American’s needing a miracle to claw their way back into contention.

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