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09/25/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/25/2021 10:47

Ryder Cup: Match recaps, Day 2


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Facing a 6-2 deficit coming into Saturday's play Padraig Harrington's European team was looking to stop the bleeding and begin an attempted comeback while Steve Stricker's Americans were hoping to show no mercy and increase a lead.

It looked ugly early for Europe when the opening two Foursomes matches were 3 up leads after three holes to the U.S. duos, but the Spanish resistance of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia fought back hard to give the visiting team some hope to escape the session without further damage.

Match 1: Jon Rahm/Sergio Garcia, EUR, def. Brooks Koepka/Daniel Berger USA, 3 and 1

Recap: An incredible lead off match where the Spanish resistance dropped the first three holes and things looked more than bleak for the European team in general before an incredible turnaround. Rahm and Garcia lifted their game exponentially and secured the sixth and eighth holes before Garcia chipped in expertly on the ninth to flip the script completely. The hole out came with the U.S. looking at a birdie putt, that Berger subsequently missed, and it was tied at the turn. A lovely wedge into the par-3 12th from Rahm set up a 7-foot birdie for Garcia and the Europeans grabbed a lead they wouldn't relinquish. They doubled it at the 13th but the lead was just one soon after. A contentious ruling on the 15th hole went against the Americans before Rahm and Garcia produced two incredible shots on the par-5 16th that resulted in a conceded eagle and capped off an incredible comeback win.

Score at match's conclusion: USA 6, EUR 3