McIlroy Leads Europe to Saturday Morning Success

Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters won again at the Ryder Cup on Saturday, taking the 14th, 15th, and 16th holes to defeat Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson 4&2.

The win was part of the Europeans’ 2-and 1/2 to 1-and-1/2 advantage in points that pulled Team Europe within a 6-1/2 to 5-1/2 gap of the US after the Americans started out with a 4-0 lead on Friday morning.

McIlroy and Pieters won three of the first five holes, but Fowler and Mickelson cut it to one hole y taking 9 and 10.

In other matchups Saturday morning,  the US’ Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka defeated Henrik Stenson and Matthew Fitzpatrick 3&2. With the match tie, the Americans rattled off wins on 13, 15, and 16 to take the point.

Justin Rose and Chris Wood edged Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson 1 up, but the real heroes for the Europeans were Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello, who rallied from down 4 holes after 12 to halve with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth. The Europeans won 13, 15, 16, and 17 to deny the Americans the full point.

 

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