Haven, Wisconsin – Photos from the first day of the Ryder Cup about to start with a crowd of 40,000 – 90 percent of whom are American fans due to pandemic-related travel restrictions – from the noise on Friday arriving 12 hours before sunrise. And that’s in the eight games that ended at Gloming. Patriotic costumes dominate but are not among the most prominent crowds in the mix: Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry.
Pete Day’s top golf entertainment house on the shores of Lake Whistling Straits, Michigan has nearly two competitors the Jordan Spit has completed with the Great Lakes Face Plant and the Irish Hop Step. Shane Lowry slid down the river bank like a child on a waterslide.
Tiger Woods, still recovering from a devastating car crash in February, was in high spirits Friday and sent an inspiring message to the US team on the night of the crash. Always a striking lightning rod, Bryson De Chambo bounced off the line and hit the crowd’s ankle in his first draw of the day. DeChambeau then blasted a massive 417-yard drive and then helped the world’s greatest golfer, John Ram, to chase the all-important half-point.
In the end, the overall picture shows that the Americans took control of the event and won each of the four morning and afternoon games with a 6-2 lead over the Europeans. It was the biggest advance for the US’ first day in the Ryder Cup since 1975, when he was five points clear.
But then America regularly dominates the event. Since the mid-1990s, the scenario has been reversed, with Europe winning four of the last five events and nine of the last twelve.
“In the end it was good to make the difference and of course it was a good start,” said non-playing America captain Steve Stryker. “We want to win every season.”
Stricker, a gentleman from Wisconsin who is not known for his risky moves, took some big chances with an afternoon double as the Americans led 3-1 in the morning game. Each game consists of two teams on each side. The morning format is a four-way format where players hit golf balls into the hole one at a time, while the afternoon is a four-way format where each golfer plays their own ball and the low score for the team is one. . But that decides the outcome. Hole.
The strongest American combination in the morning was Xander Schoffl and Patrick Cantley, two of the six Ryder Cup rookies on the Americas team. The pair quickly took the lead, overtaking experienced Europeans Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, ranked 5th and 3rd.
Usually when a new team is formed and immediately succeeds, the Ryder Cup captain brings the players together and plays often. But for the afternoon game, the striker surprisingly played with Dustin Johnson against Soffel, who teamed up with Colin Morikawa that morning for an easy win. The attackers are expected to guard the pair as well.
In contrast, Morikawa, the British Open defender, sat in the afternoon game, as did Spieth and Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger’s team, who won the morning game.
But on Thursday the striker said he had assembled his squad for the first eight games and whatever happened that morning would not change his plans for the afternoon. Given the pressure on Americans to win in their home country, some thought the attackers would stick to such a plan. But he did, and the results were impressive.
Cantley teamed up with Justin Thomas, who played Spit with his close friends in the morning. PGA Tour of the Year player Cantley insisted and Thomas, who seemed to be the emotional leader of the American team, was furious. However, both lost most of their games to England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Norway’s Victor Howland. Then, with two holes remaining, Thomas struck the decisive stroke that resulted in the tie and ended the game.
Cantley on the other hand also showed some emotion during the round with random punching punches.
“I fed some JTs,” Cantley said, referring to Thomas. “He drove me all day today and played well and it was a dog fight.”
Cantley also spoke more after a round when Thomas lost his voice to yelling and yelling at the American crowd, which he did after a hard hit.
Johnson-Schöfles’ team beat Paul Casey of England and Bernd Weisberger of Austria by 2 and 1. De Chambée scored with Scotty Scheffler in matches against Ram and Tyrell Hatton of England, which ended in a draw. Team Americans Tony Finau and Harris English used his length for tennis and his precision play with irons to beat McIlroy, who lost 4 and 3 with Lowry.
The competition continues with eight more games on Saturday.
Several Americans have noticed that Woods’ message was part of the inspiration for his Friday gift.
“Of course I’m not going to reveal what he said,” said Schöffel. “But we mention him several times a day and we know what to do. We know he’s banging his fists off the couch. Whether on crutches or not, he’s in one of our homes, like a savior.