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US having good morning in Ryder Cup

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times CDT):

The morning foursomes are shaping up nicely for a U.S. team trying to regain the Ryder Cup at home.

After dropping the first match to the Spanish duo of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, the Americans quickly rebounded with Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa taking a 3-and-2 win over Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland.

Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele also closed out their match early against Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, winning 5-up.

Cantlay and Schauffele won the first five holes of the match and were never threatened.

In the final alternate shot match still on the course, Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger were 2-up after 16 holes against Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick.


11 a.m.

Europe has captured the first point in the Ryder Cup, but trails in the remaining three matches on the course.

Spaniards Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia used a series of long putts to take an early lead and close out a 3-and-1 victory over Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. It was Garcia's 23rd Ryder Cup victory, matching Nick Faldo for the overall record.

Elsewhere, Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa had a 2-up lead on Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland through 15 holes, and Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger had the same advantage over Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick after 15.

In the final match, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter lost the first five holes before pulling within three against Americans Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay through 13 holes.


10 a.m.

The opening Ryder Cup matches have all moved to the back nine, with the U.S. ahead in three and Europe leading in one.

Jon Rahm made more than 100 feet in putts to lift himself and European teammate Sergio Garcia to a 2-up lead over Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas through 13 holes in Friday's first match.

In the last match off on a chilly morning at Whistling Straits, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter lost the first five holes and trailed Americans Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele 5 down at the turn. The most lopsided foursome matches in Ryder Cup history finished 7 and 6.

In the middle two matches, Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger held a 1-up lead over Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick through 10, and Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa were 2 up on Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland through 11.


9:10 a.m.

Jon Rahm's putter is still hot. Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter are ice cold.

Rahm has made 99-feet worth of birdie putts to stake himself and Sergio Garcia to a 2-up lead over Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth through the first eight holes of the Ryder Cup.

Further back on a chilly morning at Whistling Straits, McIlory and Poulter have lost their first five holes against Patrick Cantlay and Xander Scauffele. They are 5 down after five.

The other American teams hold 1-up leads in the middle two alternate-shot matches. Those pit Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa against Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland, and Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger versus Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick.


8:45 a.m.

The star of the show early on Day 1 at the Ryder Cup is Jon Rahm’s putter.

The top-ranked Spaniard has made 84-feet worth of birdie putts over the first seven holes to stake himself and Sergio Garcia to a 1-up lead over Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

Rahm has made putts of 12, 14 and 58-feet over the first seven holes. The 12-footer on the par-3 seventh forced Thomas to make an 8-footer to tie but the American’s putt fell off to the right.

But that’s the only match the Europeans are leading.

Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland are tied with Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa after six; Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger are 2 up over Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick through five; and Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele have won their first three holes against Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.


8 a.m.

All four matches are on the course on a chilly opening morning at the Ryder Cup.

The European team of Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm fell behind early in their foursomes match but won back-to-back holes to go 1 up against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas through four. Rahm made a 60-foot putt for birdie to take the lead.

Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa took a 1-up lead after the first against Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland but the Europeans drew even when Casey hit his tee shot on the par-3 third to 5 feet and Hovland converted.

Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger are even after one hole against Matt Fitzpatrick and Lee Westwood. Westwood missed an 8-foot putt for birdie and the lead.

And Ian Poulter and Patrick Cantlay have each hit their opening tee shots in the morning's final match. Poulter is teaming with Rory McIlroy and Cantlay with Xander Schauffele.

According to a monitor used by NBC, Poulter's heart rate was 133 when he hit his opening shot in the middle of the fairway.


7:10 a.m.

The Ryder Cup is underway on a chilly morning at Whistling Straits.

Engulfed by horseshoe-shaped stands with thousands of fans chanting “USA, USA” in 50-degree F (10-degree C) weather, Sergio Garcia led off the day's first foursomes match with a tee shot up against the lip of a bunker left of the fairway.

Garcia and Jon Rahm, each from Spain, were facing Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth in the day's first match. Thomas placed his opening tee shot in the middle of the fairway.

The next match off is between Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa of the United States and Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland of Europe.

The other matches pit Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger against Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick, and Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele against Rory McIlory and Ian Poulter.

The U.S. is trying to recapture the cup after losing in Paris three years ago. Europe has won the Ryder Cup in nine of the last 12 meetings.


By The Associated Press (AP) — The biggest event in golf has nothing to do with money.

The Ryder Cup returns after being postponed one year by the pandemic.

Europe has won nine of the last 12 and will try to win on U.S. soil for the first time since 2012.

The Ryder Cup is at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, and the American team is led by Wisconsin native Steve Stricker.

The Pete Dye design previously hosted three PGA Championships.

The LPGA Tour has another 54-hole event, this one by design.

The LPGA is in Arkansas.

The PGA Tour Champions is at Pebble Beach.

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