The Americans got off to a dream start taking a commanding 4-0 lead and had a chance to bury the Euros early but McIlroy and company played a dominant afternoon session to shrink the US lead. The only win for the Americans in the afternoon was Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka who looked really good against Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett. Through the entirety of Friday, no match made it to the 17th hole. There really were not many close matches all day but there were some great moments from Hazletine.
First and foremost, the crowd is absolutely electric and the golfers are playing into and with the energy. We saw some incredible shots and chip-ins from around the green. Really great play all-around. If you’re the Americans you feel good to have a lead but cannot help but think what could have been. The Europeans are fired up and feeling confident, as could be seen by Rory sinking the winning putt and bowing to the crowd.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, the Ryder Cup is not like your typical golf tournament. Put aside the fact that there is foursome match play and a different scoring system, the entire way the game is played is different. It really feels more like a party than a golf tourney. The crowd is really involved and the golfers interact and really feed off the crowd’s energy. If you aren’t currently watching you are really missing out.