Will they really be nervous in Camp Europe on Saturday afternoon? Maybe they’ll deny it, but in reality Team USA is in second place Four balls Finally established and showed that they were not willing to leave Rome without a fight.
A few holes in the afternoon session with only red on the boards and a tie in the last game of the day.
While Europe looked almost lethargic, America seemed to find new energy during the short lunch break, and it’s really a small wonder that more parties didn’t head to America with more results.
Take the first batch. It wouldn’t really have been surprising if the score had been almost as high earlier in the day in favor of Hovland and Aberg, but now it’s at their disadvantage. After twelve holes, Burns and Morikawa were 6-up and despite a late sign of life, they brought up the first point for America with playful ease (4&3).
The second point of the afternoon also went to the USA, although Homa and Harman had a much tougher time against Fleetwood and Højgaard. It was 2&1 in the end mainly due to Homa, who narrowed the gap with a strong performance.
While the door certainly wasn’t closed just yet, it was senior Justin Rose who pulled him the closest in the third game of the day. Although young Scott McIntyre played a solid game, after the USA went full to nine, the game tilted towards the Blues, bringing the score to 10.5 to 4.5, Team Europe’s senior man for the first time. The leaderboard read ‘Need 4 points to win’.
In the end the second day ended with 5.5 to 10.5, thanks to the last match of Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick against Patrick Cantlay and Wyndham Clarke, a not good but exciting match. With a lovely birdie at fourteen, the Northern Irishman looked set to take the game to Europe, but Contley, with a long putt at sixteen before half-time and a good birdie at seventeen, was unwilling to let the game go. A/S went eighteen. There Cantlay narrowed the gap a bit with a long birdie, giving the US his third win of the afternoon.
However, the gap is as big as ever and in Europe’s favor, but the afternoon session will have given America hope that another stunt will be possible on Sunday, and that stunt will be bigger than before: the biggest deficit ever turned into a victory, a four-point reversal and the miracle of Medina went down.
Off Singles Promise fireworks from the start: In the first group, Rahm plays against Scheffler.
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