Ryder Cup Pays Tribute To Arnold Palmer

Ryder Cup Pays Tribute To Arnold Palmer

Update 4pm: Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose and Open champion Henrik Stenson put their unbeaten record on the line as the 41st Ryder Cup got under way at Hazeltine on Friday.”It’s a good start”, US captain Davis Love III told reporters after a chilly, overcast morning at Hazeltine gave way to bright afternoon sunshine.Back in the United Kingdom you could nearly imagine Peter Willett saying “I told you so” – even if the fall-out from his comments contributed to his brother, the reigning Masters champion, losing his place for the morning foursomes after losing focus and playing badly in final practice.”But it’s long way to go”.”There’s a lot more points out there”. Keep doing the same thing over and over every session.Twice major victor Spieth and fellow young gun Reed, who formed an unbeaten partnership as rookies at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland, were two up on European heavyweights Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson after 10 holes in the top match.Spieth and Reed will renew their battle with Rose and Stenson in the first of the afternoon fourballs, while Garcia will partner fellow Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello against JB Holmes and Ryan Moore.USA’s Patrick Reed on holing his winning putt: “I live for those kind of moments”.”If we play the way we’ve been playing, stick to our game plan and execute the way we know we can, that will be huge”.The US team now has all the momentum heading into the afternoon session, although a lot can change quickly in the Ryder Cup format and the contest is far from won at this stage. In alternate shot you have to do that, give yourself opportunities. “And we were lucky enough to be able to hit a lot of greens and have good looks at putts”.Dustin Johnson-Matt Kuchar (U.S.) def.Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson then won five holes in succession to beat Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer 4&2, before Europe’s misery was completed as Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan lost on the 18th to Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.As the opening foursomes progressed, the only blue on the scoreboard came courtesy of Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer, after Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan were pinned back by Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.Maybe it was the morning chill, perhaps it was the presence of a Ryder Cup Team USA golf bag standing in isolation on the corner of the tee that had once belonged to the late, great Arnold Palmer, who passed away last Sunday and whose death cast a shadow over an event he had graced like no other. There was tons of pressure on Mickelson and this was Fowler’s first outright win in the Ryder Cup. “I closed my eyes, swallowed my puke and hit the putt, and it happened to go in”.This was just what the American team needed to try to avoid its fourth straight loss.

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