2018 Ryder Cup results, scores: Standings, scoring after Day 1 as Europe storms back to lead

The United States Ryder Cup team has a problem. Actually, it has a lot of problems after getting smashed late on Day 1 in Paris by a European team that led for nearly the entire afternoon foursomes session. After two blowout sessions (one for each side), Europe leads the United States 5-3 after one day of action at the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris.

After the U.S. nearly took all four matches in the morning fourballs, the Yanks wound up leading 3-1 entering the second wave of matches in the afternoon. The only Euros to put a point on the board in Session 1 were Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, and they gave Europe as much momentum as you can have when you're trailing 3-1 (more on that in a bit).

In the afternoon, Europe got its band back together and sent out lions Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter together as well as Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. Sergio Garcia played with rookie Alex Noren, and Molinari and Fleetwood went out again. Collectively, those four pairings played 60 holes in the afternoon and trailed for just six of them. The result was arguably the most dominant session of golf in Ryder Cup history.

The 4-0 sweep was Europe's first session sweep since 1989, and it made the Day 1 final tally 5-3 for the Euros. There's a long way to go, of course, but Europe looks to be in command after the first eight matches as it takes a 25-year winning streak on home soil into Saturday's repeat sessions of fourballs early and foursomes late.

Session 1: Fourballs -- USA led Europe 3-1

United StatesEuropeResult

Tony Finau / Brooks Koepka

Justin Rose / Jon Rahm

USA wins 1 UP

Dustin Johnson / Rickie Fowler

Rory McIlroy / Thorbjorn Olesen

USA wins 4&2

Justin Thomas / Jordan Spieth

Paul Casey / Tyrell Hatton

USA wins 1 UP

Tiger Woods / Patrick Reed

Francesco Molinari / Tommy Fleetwood

Europe wins 3&1

This U.S. "blowout" certainly was nice, but it wasn't the dominant performance Europe would put on them later in the afternoon. Koepka and Finau got a couple of big breaks when Finau made a birdie off the bulkhead late in his round, and Rose trickled his approach on No. 18 into the water beyond the 18th green.

Olesen dragged McIlroy around all day as the Ulsterman, somewhat stunningly, did not make a single birdie during that match. It was an easy win for D.J. and Fowler. Spieth's putter ignited early, and it looked for a while as if his breakup with Reed would lead to some Spieth-Thomas dominance (it did not look like this in the afternoon).

Woods and Reed did not go well late. They birdied six of their first 10 holes but then completely fell apart late as Fleetwood went on an absolute rampage on par with anything Reed has done at the last two Ryder Cups. The U.S. led 3-1, but it didn't exactly feel like a rout.

Session 2: Foursomes -- Europe leads USA 5-3

United StatesEuropeResult

Dustin Johnson / Rickie Fowler

Henrick Stenson / Justin Rose

Europe wins 3&2

Webb Simpson / Bubba Watson

Ian Poulter / Rory McIlroy

Europe wins 4&2

Bryson DeChambeau / Phil Mickelson

Sergio Garcia / Alex Noren

Europe wins 5&4

Jordan Spieth / Justin Thomas

Francesco Molinari / Tommy Fleetwood

Europe wins 5&4

Where do we begin? On paper, the Johnson-Fowler match was the most competitive. I can tell you from having watched all of the golf on Friday that it was not even remotely competitive. The Americans' biggest problem (among many) on Friday afternoon was that nobody could putt. Burned edges from short distance, missing the hole entirely from 12 feet and not giving itself easy pars from long range. It was a master class in how to give away momentum.

Le Golf National is a tough course that doesn't require a lot of drivers. That, uh, probably doesn't play to the strengths of a lot of the U.S. guys, although I expected their talent to win the day in the end. The DeChambeau-Mickelson pairing was a disaster from the start and probably deserves the most criticism of any of the 16 choices for pairings on both sides. The only pairing that led at any point was Simpson-Watson, and the U.S. spotted the Euros 19 bogeys over 60 holes. 

The scary part for Furyk and his team is that Rahm didn't play the afternoon and nobody other than Fleetwood had a truly great performance. The U.S. will need to rally early in the four-ball session on Saturday to pull even or take back the lead and solve their foursomes issues in the afternoon, or Sunday will be yet another coronation for Europe on its home turf.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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