Europe extends lead over USA at Ryder Cup, win 3 matches in Saturday foursomes

Team Europe extended its lead over Team USA at the Ryder Cup, going 3-1 in foursomes on Saturday. Europe leads 9 1/2-2 1/2 over the USA heading into the Saturday four-ball matches. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood opened the session winning 2&1 over Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
  • Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Åberg dominated Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka, winning 9&7. Per Justin Ray, it’s the largest margin of victory in any 18-hole match, regardless of format, in the history of the Ryder Cup.
  • Max Homa and Brian Harman earned Team USA’s first full point at this year’s Ryder Cup, defeating Shane Lowry and Sepp Straka 4&2.
  • With Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton 1-up heading to the 17th hole, the Masters champion hit his tee shot to seven inches from the pin. Xander Schauffele missed his birdie putt, giving Rahm and Hatton the match.

Full Saturday results

Saturday foursomes

McIlroy/Fleetwood defeat Thomas/Spieth (2&1)

Hovland/Aberg defeat Scheffler/Koepka (9&7)

Homa/Harman defeat Lowry/Straka (4&2)

Rahm/Hatton defeat Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay (2&1)

Saturday four-ball matches (times ET)

6:25 a.m.: Hovland/Åberg vs. Sam Burns/Collin Morikawa

6:40 a.m.: Fleetwood/Nicolai Højgaard vs. Homa/Harman

6:55 a.m.: Justin Rose/Robert MacIntyre vs. Thomas/Spieth

7:10 a.m.: McIlroy/Matt Fitzpatrick vs. Cantlay/Wyndham Clark

Highlight of the session

Key stat

Per Justin Ray, Europe’s 9 1/2-2 1/2 lead ties the largest at a Ryder Cup after three sessions since the event went to a five-session format in 1963.

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(Photo: Adam Cairns / USA Today)

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