Americans Hold a 9.5 to 6.5 Lead Heading Into Sunday
After a shaky morning session, Team USA bounced back nicely to take 3 of 4 points against Team Europe and a 3 point lead into Sunday. The Americans really struggled to close out the Europeans, but managed to hold off their late rallies. The biggest issue heading into Sunday for Team USA is the phenomenal play of Rory McIlroy, Thomas Pieters, and Sergio Garcia. McIlroy and Pieters took 3 of 4 possible points in their foursome match play.
For those who are unaware of how Sunday at the Ryder Cup works, let me explain. All 12 golfers from each team will play a head-to-head match-up for 1 point. The United States needs 14.5 total points to win the Cup and Europe needs just 14 (a tie) to maintain possession of the Cup. For those who aren’t math people, that means that Team USA needs to win 5 of the 12 match-ups to take home the Ryder Cup and end the Europeans’ win streak.
The Americans should be able to close this out and finally win the Ryder Cup, but the European roster is absolutely loaded and can easily cancel out Team USA’s top golfers this weekend. I’m looking forward to these potential match-ups on Sunday: Mickelson-Stenson, Reed-Rose, Spieth-McIlroy, Dustin Johnson-Willett, and Holmes-Garcia. These are just my guesses (hopes) as to who would be paired together but we will find out tomorrow morning.