Team USA finished Day 1 of Ryder Cup 2021 with a 6-2 lead. It was the largest lead for the USA since 1975. They have started domination from the morning in the foursomes portion. While the USA won three out of four foursome matches, Jon Rahm & Sergio Garcia for team Europe could only grab the victories. In fourball matches, the USA won 2, and the other two were a tie.
Let’s get into the details of the Day 1 foursome and fourball matches.
Day 1 Foursomes (morning) Results: 3-1 United States
|1||Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas||Sergio Garcia & Jon Rahm||Europe wins 3&1|
|2||Dustin Johnson & Collin Morikawa||Paul Casey & Viktor Hovland||USA wins 3&2|
|3||Daniel Berger & Brooks Koepka||Lee Westwood & Matt Fitzpatrick||USA wins 2&1|
|4||Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele||Rory McIlroy & Ian Poulter||USA wins 5&3|
Team Europe had a great start as they won the first session of Friday morning. The number one ranked golfer John Rahm teamed up with the veteran golfer Sergio Garcia. They played against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth of team USA. It was the only win for Europeans, and after that, it was all about the USA.
In the next match, John and Morikawa brought out a 3&2 win against Casey and Hovland. Berger and Koepka of team USA and Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick of Europe faced off in game three. The USA got the victory again with a 2&1 win. The last game of the morning session was also a win for the Americans. Schauffele and Cantlay earned a 5&3 win over Poulter and McIlroy.
Day 1 Four-ball (afternoon) Results: 6-2 United States
|1||Dustin Johnson & Xander Schauffele||Paul Casey & Bernd Wiesberger||USA wins 2&1|
|2||Bryson DeChambeau & Scottie Scheffler||Jon Rahm & Tyrell Hatton||TIE|
|3||Tony Finau & Harris English||Rory McIlroy & Shane Lowry||USA wins 4&3|
|4||Justin Thomas & Patrick Cantlay||Tommy Fleetwood & Viktor Hovland||TIE|
Johnson and Schauffele started the afternoon fourball session with a 2&1 win for the team USA over Wiesberger and Casey. However, the match 2 and 4 was a tier. Scheffler & DeChambeau played match 2 for the USA, and Hatton & Rahm played for Europe. Veteran Rory McIlroy teamed with rookie Shane Lowry and took an early lead in match three. But Tony Finau helped Team USA to make the tie.
The last match of the day took place between Cantlay & Thomas and Fleetwood & Hovland. Team Europe was 3 Up thru 8, and seemingly they were in the driver’s seat, but Americans turned it on through birdies No. 9 and 12.