“Everyone knows one thing: we will fight until the end and will not give up,” Garcia told his team. “It will be difficult, but I assure you that we will do our best.”
The drama was compounded on Saturday afternoon by strong winds, a terrifying stretch of Whistling Strait and Pete Dye even in mild conditions. Some players wore winter wool hats in the elements, while others wore short sleeves. The game format is a four ball format with each golfer playing their own ball, and a low score for one team per hole determines the score.
Three of the four games heated up and one was not, as the undefeated American side around Dustin Johnson and Colin Morikawa grabbed comfortable 4 and 3 wins over Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter. The combination of McIlroy, who has made six Ryder Cup appearances, and Poulter, a veteran and European brand since 2004, holds a 0-2 record. McIlroy has been on the losing side in each of his three games.
A heavyweight battle between Spieth and team-mate Koepka and the Spanish pairing of the world’s best players García and Rahm, who were brilliant in this Ryder Cup. The Rahm-García pair remain unbeaten in their last two matches against Spieth and Koepka.
He didn’t come back from 16 game holes. Spieth, otherwise so confident in the decisive stroke, missed some decent pigeons or an equivalent effort that could have been led by Rahm and Garcia, who won 2 and 1.
Like Ram and Garcia, team-mates Shane Lowry of Ireland and Tyrell Hatton of England led or shared 17 holes with Tony Finau and Harris of England of America. Even so, Lowry hopes the European team will return on Sunday, with a thread but short, and Lowry faces a 3-foot climb to win the game. With steady, rhythmic moves, Lowry hit the ducat in the center of the hole to win by 1.
Unsurprisingly, the most unpredictable and inconsistent matches against England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Norway’s Victor Holland came together against Scotty Schaffler. With the lead swapping back and forth, the game was a draw after 14 holes – until Scheffler placed an 18-foot bird on the 15th green to give his team a one-hole lead. This lead was later extended, Scheffler and De Chambo eventually winning 3 and 1.