Europe cuts Team USA's Ryder Cup lead in Saturday morning session

BY foxsports • October 1, 2016

The United States started the second day of the Ryder Cup with a two-point advantage over Europe, but a late collapse by Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed could cost Team USA in the long run.

The United States now leads 6.5-5.5, and needs 14.5 points in total to win the Ryder Cup. Europe needs 14 points to retain.

Captain Davis Love III kept Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed together for the third consecutive session, and though it seemed like they would cruise to another point after a fantastic front nine against Sergio Garcia and Rafael Cabrera-Bello, the Americans blew a four-hole lead with six to play. 

The pair of Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka also returned and edged Henrik Stenson and Ryder Cup rookie Matthew Fitzpatrick thanks to some clutch putting down the stretch, but Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson dropped to 1-1 as a pair as they were unable to match the surprise pair of Justin Rose and Chris Wood.

Rory McIlroy may have found a long-term partner in Belgian Thomas Pieters, a rookie who played in his third consecutive session and picked up his second win with McIlroy.  

Both captains made some borderline shocking changes to their afternoon fourball lineup. Davis Love III broke up the undefeated pair of Brooks Koepka and Brandt Snedeker, pairing Koepka with fellow bomber Dustin Johnson and benching Snedeker. Phil Mickelson remains in the lineup after two sub-par rounds, J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore return after losing Friday afternoon, and the pair of Reed and Spieth were selected to play a fourth consecutive session. 

On the European side, both Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer come back after very poor showings Friday, and Henrik Stenson stays in for a fourth round despite nursing a knee injury. 

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