Molinari, Fleetwood help Europe extend Ryder Cup lead to 10

And Europe's lead was up to 8-3 by the time the next foursomes pairings were named, as the hosts recorded wins in each of the first three fourball matches Saturday.

Jon Rahm against Tiger Woods in match four, and Ian Poulter versus world number one Dustin Johnson are other highlights, with Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari both receiving opportunities to become the first Europeans to win all five of their matches against Tony Finau and Phil Mickelson respectively.

Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton fell three down to Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas when Spieth made five birdies in the first seven holes, but the English pair fought back superbly to get back on level terms after 13 holes, only for Thomas to crucially birdie the 15th and hold on for victory.

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth provided what the USA hoped would be a spark when they beat Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm 2&1 to cut the deficit to 8-4 entering Saturday's afternoon foursomes session.

Rory McIlroy endured mixed success on the day Europe took a 10-6 lead over America in the 2018 Ryder Cup.

McIlroy's response after making a tricky 10-footer to make a half on the 3rd was to turn around 180 degrees to face the crowd before bellowing at them "Who am I?"

Team Europe are the holders of the title, meaning they will retain the trophy if they halve the match against the Americans.

The Americans entered this Ryder Cup as the favorites.

Thomas admitted afterwards: "We were two down after two holes so to close it on the 15th green showed that we both played unbelievable". McIlroy's chip from the fringes lipped out yet Garcia banged in his putt from range, piling pressure on the United States rookie that made him push his attempt left - back to four up when it could so easily have been two.

Greeted at the first tee with chants of "Rhambo Rhambo" from fans in the mammoth grandstand, he hit his first shot into the water and repeated the trick at the second.

And now, after Europe's stunning turnaround in the afternoon foursomes session on Friday, the USA comes into Day 2 reeling and facing a two-point deficit.

Woods will return action in the singles tomorrow when U.S. will try to turnaround their 10-6 deficit.

Molinari added: 'We knew they would be upset and we were ready this morning.

It surely helped that Thomas had been the only member of the USA team to play at Le Golf National when it staged the French Open on this Albatros course three months ago, finishing eighth.

"We'll get an update on her, but hopefully she's doing good".

Trailing by two points after the opening-morning fourballs at Le Golf National, home captain Thomas Bjorn brought wildcard picks Poulter, Garcia and Henrik Stenson into the action and the decision paid off in style. But Spieth and Thomas are clearly viewed as one of the best American teams and need to play like it in order to get the Americans back into the competition.

"It was the Casey Express train the front nine", Hatton said after collecting his first Ryder Cup point.


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