U.S. powers into early Ryder Cup lead despite Tiger Woods defeat

However, fresh from a strong victory this morning alongside Sergio Garcia over Koepka/Finau, McIlroy reemerged fired up for his afternoon round. Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren inflicted a 5&4 defeat on Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, with a miserable session completed when Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood - the only Europeans to score a point in the morning - beating Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth by the same margin. He did manage to find time in between to converse with former Chelsea centre-back John Terry.

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods plays a tee shot during his fourball match on the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup.

The last pair to go unbeaten in its four matches was Americans Lanny Wadkins and Larry Mize in 1979.

There have been two previous instances of teams erasing four-point deficits on Sunday, the United States of America famously snatching victory at Brookline in 1999 before Europe returned the favour in the "Miracle of Medinah" six years ago. So two totally different sides in the morning and the afternoon.

"We're getting closer, but those 4 1/2 points we're going to need tomorrow, we're going to have to fight hard for them".

Mickelson will have to shake off some rust. USA captain Jim Furyk said he would shake up the order for Saturday afternoon foursomes, and that meant keeping Lefty on the bench.

He credited the belief of his players for Europe's foursomes rally and pointed to that lone fourball win by Fleetwood and Molinari over Woods and Reed as key to rallying team spirit for the afternoon.

Look to the US brain trust that is all-in on the new mandate which trumpeted consistency by nurturing assistant captains and a young core of excellent American players.

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Both stuck their second shots on the par-four 15th into the water, and Finau finally found his range on 16 to make it a one-hole game.

That wasn't enough to contend against "Moliwood".

But the world number five said that nothing, even winning at Carnoustie in July, could compare to winning four successive Ryder Cup matches.

Woods has failed to win seven consecutive matches, dating to his singles victory against Molinari in Wales in 2010.

Some American fan (or fans) apparently caught McIlroy's attention, as after McIlroy made a putt in Saturday afternoon foursomes at Le Golf National, he turned around and shouted back toward said fan (s)...

"It will be interesting to see the dynamic in terms of how that feels for us", Rose said.

"That's the frustrating thing about match play. We ran against two guys that were both playing well".

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