2021 Ryder Cup results, scores, standings: United States dominates with largest Day 1 lead since 1975
The Americans won three points each in the morning and afternoon to take a commanding lead on Europe
The 43rd Ryder Cup kicked off Friday with a banner performance from the United States. Picking up three points in both the morning and afternoon sessions, the Americans opened the biennial international event with a commanding 6-2 lead on Europe.
The four-point lead is the largest for the U.S. after the first day of action in 46 years dating back to the 1975 Ryder Cup. It's also the largest after two sessions of the Ryder Cup since the 1977 playing of the event. As far as this year's event, pushed back 12 months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. is proving that it deserved to be heavy favorites.
The details will come below, but after dropping the first point of the day to Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, the United States went on to sweep the final three points in the morning foursomes session. In the afternoon, the Americans did not allow the Europeans to win a single match, capturing two points individually and splitting the other two four-ball matches for another point.
The end result is the United States being nearly halfway home to a second straight Ryder Cup victory on home soil. The Americans need 14.5 points to hoist the trophy, and their roster is so stacked that they may be able to achieve the remaining 8.5 points during Sunday singles alone. If the U.S. is even moderately successful Saturday when foursomes and four-ball repeats, there will be plenty of happy fans lining the holes at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Check out the full results and scores in the table below along with updates and highlights from Day 1 even further below that.
2021 Ryder Cup results, scores
Foursomes (morning): 3-1 United States
Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas
Jon Rahm & Sergio Garcia
Dustin Johnson & Collin Morikawa
Viktor Hovland & Paul Casey
Daniel Berger & Brooks Koepka
Matt Fitzpatrick & Lee Westwood
Xander Schauffele & Patrick Cantlay
Rory McIlroy & Ian Poulter
The Europeans drew first blood in the first session Friday morning with Rahm, the world's No. 1-ranked golfer, and Garcia, the veteran leader of the team, handling the emotional leaders for the U.S. in Spieth and Thomas. Rahm sunk big putt after big putt to pace the Euros to a 3&1 win, while Garcia -- now tied with Nick Faldo for the most match wins in Ryder Cup history at 23 -- drew on his experience and confidence in the format to help score the first point of the competition.
It was all U.S. from there to finish out the morning. Johnson and Morikawa responded with a 3&2 win over Hovland and Casey, accounting for the first U.S. points of the competition. Schauffele and Cantlay then finished their rout of McIlroy and Poulter with a 3&2 win, while Koepka and Berger made it three straight points to close with a 2&1 win over Fitzpatrick and Westwood.
Given the youth on the U.S. side in the morning, it was a pleasant surprise the young guns in their debuts did as well as they did. Each of the four rookies were part of match wins (Schauffele, Cantlay, Berger and Morikawa), while the two vets (Spieth and Thomas) lost their match.
Four-ball (afternoon): 6-2 United States
Dustin Johnson & Xander Schauffele
Paul Casey & Bernd Wiesberger
Bryson DeChambeau & Scottie Scheffler
Jon Rahm & Tyrrell Hatton
Tony Finau & Harris English
Rory McIlroy & Shane Lowry
Justin Thomas & Patrick Cantlay
Tommy Fleetwood & Viktor Hovland
The U.S. picked up the afternoon four-ball session where it left off the morning foursomes session, scoring the first two points as Finau and English won 4&3 over McIlroy and Lowry, and Johnson and Schauffele won 2&1 over Casey and Wiesberger. Finau played brilliant golf to anchor for the Americans in a match it needed pitted against a European vet in McIlroy. Playing with English, a rookie, the duo took the lead early and never relinquished it. Fittingly, Finau delivered the dagger.
The final two groups to finish ended in ties with half points awarded to each team. The first to finish was the U.S. pairing of DeChambeau and Scheffler against the European duo of Rahm and Hatton. Scheffler birdied the 15th to give the U.S. a 1 UP lead, and after a back-and-forth round all day, they seemed to be in the driver's seat to score a point. But with the pressure on, Hatton drilled a booming drive, had a close approach and sunk his birdie on No. 18 to halve the hole and the match in one that got away from the Americans.
The opposite was true of the Thomas/Cantlay group for the U.S. that closed the day against Fleetwood and Hovland. The Europeans were 3 UP thru 8 and seemingly were in position to hit cruise control before Thomas and Cantlay turned it on with birdies on No. 9 and 12, plus a massive eagle on No. 16, to tie things up. They each scored a half point and tied the match.
Saturday morning, the Ryder Cup will go back to foursomes matches to begin the day before again finishing with the four-ball format. Check out more analysis and highlights from Day 1 below.
Americans probably should have taken the whole point against Rahm and Hatton but probably should have lost the whole point against Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland. They end up halving both. So it's a 6-2 U.S. lead after two sessions with the U.S. taking both 3-1.
Justin Thomas' birdie shot at No. 18 to take the hole and the match is just ... short. Well short.
Tyrrell Hatton makes birdie to tie the match. Wow wow wow. That's a huge lift for the Euros, who escaped dropping that match after being nearly assured of it.
Rahm's bid at birdie nearly dropped -- I think he thought it was going to -- but it falls on the right side instead.
Rahm's putting. That's usually not a good thing for the U.S.
Scheffler's birdie to win the match over Rahm and Hatton is short.
This was big from JT. Tied going to 17.
JUSTIN THOMAS. An eagle on No. 16 to win the hole. That was huge. It's tied with two to play.
Two good shots from Hatton and Rahm on No. 18 but neither have a slam dunk look at taking the hole. Let the suspense build.
This found water.
Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton trail Scottie Scheffler and Bryson DeChambeau by one with one to go. Everyone except Scheffler looks to be in good shape off the tee. Would be big to halve this match for the Euros. They've been on the chase. This one might come down to who plays the hole better between Bryson and Rahm. Oh boy.
Hatton's birdie bid on No. 17 floated right over the cup. So they tie the hole, and DeChambeau and Scheffler remain 1 up thru 17. Big, big moment there.
U.S. team -- with Scottie Scheffler and Bryson DeChambeau -- is in with a par. So the door is open for the Euros (Hatton and Rahm) to potentially tie this thing up headed to 18. This match is massive.
Big stretch for the U.S. there. Tony Finau and Harris English get the first points of the afternoon with a 4&3 win over Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry followed by a 2&1 win for Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele over Casey and Wiesberger. Americans stay hot. It's 5-1 with a U.S. edge and doesn't seem like they're done yet.
Euros really -- and I mean really -- needed the Rahm/Hatton pairing to turn out well. And now that match has flipped. So the U.S. has real potential to gather some steam and momentum leading into tomorrow. We'll see, but the door is open.
Tony Finau is absolutely unconscious right now. What a day on the course he's having. He's made eight 3s in 13 holes (!), and he and Harris English are a comfortable 4 up thru 13 over Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry. U.S. needed someone in that group to step up and he's delivering in a big way in his second Ryder Cup appearance.
U.S. leads in two matches, Europe leads in one and another it's all-square.
Ryder Cup always delivers.
Should be a fun finish to the first day on deck. Americans have a chance to take a commanding lead.
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