2018 Ryder Cup: Team Europe take a 10-6 lead into the final day
Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari star again for Team Europe
Team Europe 10 Team USA 6
Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari continued their magnificent winning run with two more points for Team Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup.
The Englishman and Italian had won their fourball and foursomes matches on Friday and they repeated the trick on day two at Le Golf National in Paris.
Fleetwood and Molinari beat Americans Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed 4&3 in the morning fourballs followed by a 5&4 win over Woods and Bryson DeChambeau in the afternoon foursomes.
Sky Sports reports that Fleetwood and Molinari have made Ryder Cup history by becoming the first European pair to win four successive matches.
Saturday morning fourballs
Leading 5-3 after a memorable comeback on day one, European skipper Thomas Bjorn had urged his players to keep focused on the challenge ahead with the Americans eager to hit back on Saturday morning.
However, the momentum was with Bjorn’s side as Europe won three of the four fourball matches to extend their lead to 8-4 going into the foursomes.
In match one on Saturday morning European duo Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia beat the USA’s Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau 2&1. Then Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton extended the lead with a 3&2 victory over Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.
After their two wins on Friday, Europe’s dynamic partnership of Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood continued their 100% record with a superb 4&3 win over Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed.
The Americans ended the Saturday morning session with a vital point when Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth beat Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm 2&1.
Saturday afternoon foursomes
It was honours even in the four afternoon matches as both teams added two points. Leading 8-4 ahead of the foursomes, Europe’s two points came when Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson beat Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka 2&1. Then Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood beat Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau 5&4.
Team USA kept their Ryder Cup hopes alive when Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson beat Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren 3&2. Then in the final match of day two Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas beat Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy 4&3.
Sunday singles matches
There are 12 points up for grabs on the third and final day of the 2018 Ryder Cup. Leading 10-6 after two days, Europe need 14½ points to win the Ryder Cup. Holders Team USA can retain the trophy with a 14-14 draw.
Sunday singles matches tee times
- 11.05am: Rory McIlroy (Europe) vs. Justin Thomas (USA)
- 11.17am: Paul Casey (Europe) vs. Brooks Koepka (USA)
- 11.29am: Justin Rose (Europe) vs. Webb Simpson (USA)
- 11.41am: Jon Rahm (Europe) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)
- 11.53am: Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) vs. Tony Finau (USA)
- 12.05pm: Ian Poulter (Europe) vs. Dustin Johnson (USA)
- 12.17pm: Thorbjorn Olesen (Europe) vs. Jordan Spieth (USA)
- 12.29pm: Sergio Garcia (Europe) vs. Rickie Fowler (USA)
- 12.41pm: Francesco Molinari (Europe) vs. Phil Mickelson (USA)
- 12.53pm: Tyrrell Hatton (Europe) vs. Patrick Reed (USA)
- 1.05pm: Henrik Stenson (Europe) vs. Bubba Watson (USA)
- 1.17pm: Alex Noren (Europe) vs. Bryson DeChambeau (USA)
Ryder Cup day two results
Saturday fourball results
- Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia (Europe) beat Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau (USA) 2&1
- Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton (Europe) beat Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler (USA) 3&2
- Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) beat Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed (USA) 4&3
- Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm (Europe) lost to Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth (USA) 2&1
Saturday foursome results
- Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (Europe) beat Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka (USA) 2&1
- Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren (Europe) lost to Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson (USA) 3&2
- Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) beat Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 5&4
- Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy (Europe) vs. Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas (USA) 4&3