The Latest: Spieth, Thomas put a little red on board

The Latest on the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

The Americans at least have some red on the board.

Jordan Spieth holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 11th hole for a 1-up lead, and Justin Thomas followed with a short birdie putt on the next hole to go 2 up and take control of their fourballs match over Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm.

For one brief moment, the board was entirely awash in European blue.

Europe is leading the other three matches.

Sergio Garcia was moving closer to another victory, teaming with Rory McIlroy for a 4-up lead through eight holes. They were 4 up over Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau through 13 holes, but the Americans have won the last three holes to trim the deficit to 1 down through 16 holes.


11:35 a.m.

Patrick Reed is getting fired up after a quiet start to the Ryder Cup.

After holing a 5-foot birdie putt to halve a hole at No. 9, the man nicknamed “Captain America” made a shush gesture to the crowd, cupped his ear, then wafted his hand in the direction of spectators as he walked off the green with playing partner Tiger Woods.

It was only his first birdie of the day, though, and Reed and Woods were still 1-down to Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood heading to the back nine.

Reed arrived in France with six wins and just one loss in nine matches at the Ryder Cup. Reed and Woods lost 3 and 1 to Molinari and Fleetwood in the fourballs on Friday, and sat out the foursomes.


10:30 a.m.

Coming off a first sweep of a Ryder Cup session since 1989, Europe is dominating the early stages of the morning fourballs on Day 2.

Rory McIlroy rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on the eighth hole as Sergio Garcia and McIlroy went 4-up on Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau in the opening match.

Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton are 2-up against Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler after six holes, and Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood are 2-up against Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed after five.

Casey is the hottest player on the course, making birdie on five of his first six holes.

The other match is all square.


9:15 a.m.

All four matches are underway in the fourballs on a chilly morning at Le Golf National, and Europe’s star pairing of Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari have made another strong start.

Fleetwood holed a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 2 to put the Europeans 1-up against Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods, who is wearing a woolly hat over a cap.

Molinari and Fleetwood won matches in the fourballs and foursomes on Saturday.

There have been plenty of wet balls already. Americans Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson, playing together in the second match, both went in the water on the first hole. Europeans Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey found the water to the left of the par-3 second hole.


7:30 a.m.

Europe has a 5-3 advantage going into the second day of the Ryder Cup, a lead that feels even bigger with the momentum from its first sweep of a session since 1989.

U.S. captain Jim Furyk is not ready to panic.

After the Europeans won all the foursomes matches to overcome a 3-1 deficit, Furyk was looking at the big picture. He points out there are 20 matches still to be played at Le Golf National.

Furyk is sending out the same fourballs pairings Saturday that he used in the opening session.

Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed get a rematch against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, the European duo who won both matches on Friday. Furyk is expected to shake up his foursomes pairings in the afternoon.


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