The afternoon four-ball session is in the books and for the first time all week, it's one that did not go in the Americans' favor. They split 2-2 with the Europeans, ending a 5-3 day overall that gets them to an 11-5 advantage entering singles play on Sunday. They need 14.5 points to secure the win, which would be the first for the U.S. since 2016 and just their third since the turn of the century.
2021 Ryder Cup results, scores, standings: United States continues dominance with largest lead since 1975
The Americans have run up and down the leaderboard on the Europeans through two days
The second day of the Ryder Cup is in the rearview with the United States picking up where it left off Friday, grabbing five points between the morning and afternoon sessions and extending its lead to 11-5 over the Europeans entering the final day of competition. The lead is the largest for the Americans entering the singles portion of the Ryder Cup since 1975.
Foursomes was again a fruitful format for the U.S. as it won three of four matches to go up 9-3 in the morning with only Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia -- the same two who won their foursomes match on Friday -- getting on the board early. Rahm now accounts for 3.5 of the Europeans' five points, and with the victory, Garcia became the winningest player in Ryder Cup history.
Afternoon four-ball was the first session of the week that the U.S. did not win, but it did get a 2-2 split. This after the Americans won 3-1 in both sessions Friday and again Saturday morning in foursomes.
The Americans have to feel good about how Saturday transpired as they inch closer to victory over the Europeans. The U.S. is now a -5000 favorite to win the Ryder Cup, according to Caesars Sportsbook, as it has 11 of the 14.5 points necessary to pick up the victory entering singles on Sunday. With 12 matches to be played on the third day of the event and the Americans expected to be favored in nearly all of those matches, a win may just be academic at this point.
The United States is looking for its second straight win on home soil and just its third overall since the turn of the century. Keep on reading for a detailed breakdown of each session on Saturday.
2021 Ryder Cup results, scores
United States leads 11-5 | Day 1 scores
Morning foursomes: 3-1 U.S (9-3 overall U.S.)
Brooks Koepka / Daniel Berger
Jon Rahm / Sergio Garcia
Dustin Johnson / Collin Morikawa
Paul Casey / Tyrrell Hatton
Jordan Spieth / Justin Thomas
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Bernd Wiesberger / Viktor Hovland
Xander Schauffele / Patrick Cantlay
Lee Westwood / Matt Fitzpatrick
Morning foursomes played out much the same way they did Friday. The Americans got the edge by a 3-1 margin, but Rahm and Garcia again got the better of their U.S. counterparts, this time winning their match 3&1 over Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger. The U.S. actually led by three through five holes but won only one hole over the remainder of the competition as the world No. 1 Rahm and Garcia came alive with their backs against the wall.
The Americans absorbed the blow after giving up the first point by taking the next three available. Each of the three points scored for the U.S. were as laborious as they were well-earned. Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa at one point were 5 UP in their match before losing three holes in a four-hole span; however, they were able to close on a high note. Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas trailed by three through six before taking seven of the final 12 holes. Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele had to dig themselves out of a hole, too, after going down one after the fifth.
"We're playing really, really good golf as a team," said Spieth on NBC after the foursomes match in the morning. "Everybody's pretty confident in each other. We've all known each other a long time. It's pretty fun, we're having a blast off the course, and I think it's helping feed into our rounds as well."
Afternoon four-ball: 2-2 tie (11-5 overall U.S.)
Tony Finau / Harris English
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Shane Lowry / Tyrrell Hatton
Brooks Koepka / Jordan Spieth
Jon Rahm / Sergio Garcia
Scottie Scheffler / Bryson DeChambeau
Tommy Fleetwood / Viktor Hovland
Dustin Johnson / Collin Morikawa
Ian Poulter / Rory McIlroy
For the first time all week, the Americans did not win a session as they split 2-2 with the Europeans in Saturday afternoon's four-ball. Given the deficit they're now playing from it was a good-but-not-great outcome for the Euros, though, who will now need to mount the single-largest comeback in Ryder Cup history on Sunday.
What started as a promising afternoon with two consecutive match wins -- Shane Lowry and Tyrrell Hatton over Tony Finau and Harris English and then Rahm and Garcia going 2&1 over Koepka and Spieth -- turned into a strong U.S. finish. There was never any real doubt for Johnson and Morikawa as they won 4&3 and lost only one hole all match, but the big one between Bryson DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler fell in favor of the U.S. with Scheffler's big day culminating with a walk-off putt for the win.
"Getting 2-2 and staying the same place with the lead we've created is huge," said DeChambeau. "We haven't had this great of an opportunity in a long time. Hopefully we can get the job done tomorrow."
Johnson is now 4-0 in this Ryder Cup and has a chance to improve to 5-0 in singles on Sunday. Schauffele is also 3-0 for the Americans, while Rahm is 3-0-1 for the Europeans with Garcia also at 3-0.
Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia win their match - Rahm now has 3.5 points this week, already the most by a world no. 1 ranked player in the Ryder Cup (OWGR began in 1986).— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) September 25, 2021
Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa close out Poulter and McIlroy, 4&3.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) September 25, 2021
Dustin Johnson is the first American player to win a match in each of the first 4 sessions of the Ryder Cup since Larry Nelson in 1979.
Damn, Shane Lowry delivers for the Euros with a walk-off win to take the match 1 up. Damn. Damn.
BRYSON. BIGbirdie putt for him at No. 14. That match is TIED with 4 to play.
Europeans are up in two matches and tied in another. Potentially big afternoon for them after losing each of the first three sessions 3-1.
Tied with 5 to play for Koepka and Spieth.
Holy crap. Tyrrell Hatton with an incredibly clutch putt on 14 to keep the lead at 1 over Finau and Harris English. Good grief. What a bad break for the U.S.
Collin Morikawa is so, so good. After Ian Poulter nearly dunks one, Morikawa responds with a near-make of his own. Looks like they'll halve the hole there, so he and DJ will remain up three.
WOW. Jordan Spieth with an incredibly unfortunate lip-out. It hit every part of the tin except the bottom. So a missed chance to take the hole after the Euros both had to settle for par. Would've made it all-square thru 12.
A big birdie for Tony Finau on No. 13. Huge putt. Lowry and Hatton lead by one with five to play in that match. Coming down to the wire. That's his first birdie of the day after making six on Friday.
Dustin Johnson, 3-0-0 this week, is 3-up with Collin Morikawa in his afternoon match.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) September 25, 2021
The last American to win in each of the first four sessions of the Ryder Cup was Larry Nelson in 1979. Nelson is also the last American to go 5-0-0 in a single Ryder Cup.