Ryder Cup, Capsules
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) A capsule look at Friday's matches from the Ryder Cup:
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, United States, def. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Europe, 3 and 2.
Something had to give in the first match of the Ryder Cup. Spieth and Reed were unbeaten in three matches at Gleneagles, while Rose and Stenson were undefeated in three matches at the last Ryder Cup. The Americans never trailed. Spieth made a birdie putt on No. 2 and never looked back. Europe won its only hole with a par on the ninth and had a chance to shift the momentum. Reed made a 12-foot par putt to halve the 10th and Spieth made a 10-foot birdie putt to halve the 11th and keep 2 up. Rose and Stenson made only one birdie.
Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, United States, def. Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan, Europe, 1 up.
The Americans fell 2 down when Mickelson hit out-of-bounds on par-5 fifth and then had to play a right-handed shot next to a fence. They rallied with three straight birdies to take the lead at the turn. McIlroy answered with back-to-back birdies and Europe regained a 2-up lead with four holes to play. Sullivan chipped too strongly on the 15th leading to bogey. Mickelson stuffed a wedge to 5 feet on the 16th to square the match, and then Sullivan hit his tee shot in the water on the 17th. McIlroy had a chance to get a half-point, but missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson, United States, def. Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer, Europe, 4 and 2.
Europe led early when the Americans bogeyed the first two holes. Garcia and Kaymer both missed chances to build upon the lead, and it wound up costing them. Europe was 1 up through 11 holes when a bogey on the 12th squared the match. That was the start of five straight holes the Americans won – three of them birdies – to win the match and finish the morning with a sweep of the matches.
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, United States, def. Thomas Pieters and Lee Westwood, 5 and 4.
Johnson mostly carried the load for the Americans, and they got plenty of help from Westwood and Pieters, who bogeyed the first two holes to fall 2 down. Europe made double bogey on the seventh hole, and the Americans birdied the par-3 eighth to go 5 up, and the rout was on. Europe won only one hole, No. 9, when Kuchar missed a short par putt. Even so, it was a matter of Europe running out of holes in the shortest match of the morning.