Garcia, McIlroy spark Europe as US clings to Ryder Cup lead
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:05:11 -0400
Emotional Ryder Cup efforts by Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy sparked a Europe rally Saturday but the United States clung to a 6 1/2 - 5 1/2 lead after alternate shots foursomes matches. Garcia shrugged off hecklers and joined Spanish compatriot Rafa Cabrera Bello to win four of the last six holes and halve with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the biennial team golf showdown. "To turn things around and take back that half, to push it that little bit extra, is fantastic," Europe captain Darren Clarke said.
European rookies relish first Ryder Cup experience
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:53:23 -0400
Some fresh-faced rising stars are replacing familiar Ryder Cup stalwarts, giving Europe a fighting chance of winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive Ryder Cup title over the United States. European fixtures like England's Ian Poulter and Luke Donald and Irishman Padraig Harrington have given way at Hazeltine to the likes of Belgian Thomas Pieters, Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello and England's Chris Wood and Danny Willett. Englishmen Andy Sullivan and Matthew Fitzpatrick are also making their Ryder Cup debuts in the showdown, which concludes with 12 singles matches Sunday.
Inspirational McIlroy finally earns Cup win versus Mickelson
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:05:33 -0400
By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has been a talismanic figure for Europe at the last three Ryder Cups and he came up trumps once again in Saturday's foursomes, while also gaining a measure of revenge against Phil Mickelson. With his team needing a fast start to the third session of play at Hazeltine, the Northern Irish world number three dovetailed superbly with Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters as they completed a 4 and 2 victory over Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. The duo inspired a thrilling display by their team on a gorgeous morning of unbroken sunshine in Minnesota, with Europe winning two-and-a-half points out of a possible four against the United States to reduce the overall deficit to 6 1/2 - 5 1/2.
Golf: Europe keep up challenge in afternoon fourballs
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:31:23 -0400
By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Europe, who won the morning foursomes at the 41st Ryder Cup, continued to ride the crest of a golfing wave in the afternoon fourballs against the United States on Saturday. Darren Clarke's team trailed 5-3 at the start of the day but narrowed the deficit to 6 1/2 - 5 1/2 after winning two and a half points out of four in the morning. The Europeans, buoyed by the irrepressible Rory McIlroy, then took control of the fourballs, leading in two of the matches and all-square in one more on a glorious day at Hazeltine National.
Golf-Inspirational McIlroy finally earns Cup win v Mickelson
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:48:03 -0400
(Corrects number of McIlroy-Mickelson matches in para four) By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has been a talismanic figure for Europe at the last three Ryder Cups and he came up trumps once again in Saturday's foursomes, while also gaining a measure of revenge against Phil Mickelson. With his team needing a fast start to the third session of play at Hazeltine, the Northern Irish world number three dovetailed superbly with Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters as they completed a 4 and 2 victory over Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. The duo inspired a thrilling display by their team on a gorgeous morning of unbroken sunshine in Minnesota, with Europe winning two-and-a-half points out of a possible four against the United States to reduce the overall deficit to 6 1/2 - 5 1/2.
Golf-Spaniards light up Hazeltine as Europe keep up surge
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:31:54 -0400
* U.S. lead by one point at Ryder Cup * Europe steal the show in foursomes * Great comeback by Garcia, Cabrera-Bello (Adds details, quotes) By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello produced a remarkable Ryder Cup rally on Saturday, typifying another fighting display by Europe as they won the foursomes to cut the deficit to the U.S. to 6 1/2 - 5 1/2. The two Spanish lionhearts, evoking memories of compatriots Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, looked down and out when powerhouse American pair Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed were four up with six holes to play.
Spanish fightback trims US Ryder Cup lead to 6 1/2-5 1/2
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:59:22 -0400
Chaska (United States) (AFP) - Sergio Garcia shrugged off Ryder Cup hecklers' insults to help Europe claim a crucial half-point and trim the United States' lead to 6 1/2 - 5 1/2 after Saturday's alternate shot matches.
Golf-Ryder Cup scores
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:40:34 -0400
Oct 1 (Gracenote) - Scores from the Ryder Cup on Saturday in Chaska, Minnesota United States lead Europe 6 1/2 - 5 1/2FoursomesMatch 5 Rory McIlroy/Thomas Pieters (Europe) beat Rickie Fowler/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 4 and 2 Match 6 Brandt Snedeker/Brooks Koepka (U.S.) beat Henrik Stenson/Matthew Fitzpatrick (Europe) 3 and 2 Match 7 Justin Rose/Chris Wood (Europe) beat Jimmy Walker/Zach Johnson (U.S.) 1 up Match 8 Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) halved with Sergio Garcia/Rafael Cabrera (Europe)
Golf-Pairings for Saturday's foursomes matches
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:10:53 -0400
CHASKA, Minnesota, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Pairings for Saturday afternoon's fourball matches in the 41st Ryder Cup being played at Hazeltine National Golf Club (United States first): Match 1: 12:30 p.m. local time (1730 GMT) Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson v Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) and Thomas Pieters (Belgium) Match 2: 12:45 p.m. (1745) JB Holmes and Ryan Moore v Danny Willett (England) and Lee Westwood (England) Match 3: 1 p.m. (1800) Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar v Sergio Garcia (Spain) and Martin Kaymer (Germany) Match 4: 1:15 p.m. ...
Snore no more, Rory putting on a show at Ryder Cup
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:18:07 -0400
Rory McIlroy was the last to arrive at the opening tee Saturday morning for his Ryder Cup match, prompting the pro-USA crowd in the grandstand to get the first "Snory Rory" chant going. Four years after he slept in and needed a police escort to get to the tee box in Chicago on a Sunday, the four-time major winner has taken on a leadership role for Team Europe, which boasts six rookies on its roster this year. The 27-year-old McIlroy -- making his fourth Ryder Cup start after helping Europe to wins in 2010, 2012 and 2014 -- blamed the time zone change between Europe and North America for his late arrival.
Golf-U.S. take early edge in morning foursomes at Ryder Cup
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:34:59 -0400
By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota, Oct 1 (Reuters) - The United States threatened to pad their overnight lead at the Ryder Cup on Saturday as the hosts led Europe in two foursomes matches and trailed in one after a warm, sunny start at Hazeltine National. The U.S. side, losers of three straight Ryder Cups, carried a 5-3 lead into the second day of the biennial match play competition. The Americans did not get off on the right foot, however, as Europe's lead-off team of Rory McIlroy and long-hitting Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters charged to a 3-up lead through eight holes against U.S. veteran Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.
Trailing Europe try to build on Ryder Cup momentum
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:47:10 -0400
Europe try to capitalize on momentum from an impressive fightback against leaders United States, at the Ryder Cup on Saturday, with Rory McIlroy out to avenge a last-hole loss. The United States lead Europe 5-3 entering Saturday's four morning alternate shot foursomes and four afternoon four-ball matches at Hazeltine, where the biennial team golf event concludes with 12 singles matches on Sunday. Europe have won three in a row, six of the past seven and eight of the last 10 Cup showdowns, but this US lineup features 12 of the world's 31 top players while Europe has six newcomers.
US cling to 5-3 Ryder Cup lead after Europe fightback
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:21:21 -0400
Rory McIlroy took a bow before hostile fans after completing a European fightback at the Ryder Cup, but the United States still led 5-3 thanks to a foursomes whitewash. "They seemed to birdie every hole and Rory made a bunch of them," US captain Davis Love said.
Darvish fans 12 as Texas Rangers clinch MLB home field advantage
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:20:37 -0400
The Texas Rangers' Japanese pitching ace Yu Darvish struck out a season-high 12 batters as the Rangers secured home-field advantage throughout the Major League Baseball playoffs with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Darvish Friday became just the third pitcher in Rangers history to strike out at least a dozen in six innings, joining Nolan Ryan and Matt Perisho. "I had good results today," said Darvish, whose 12 strikeouts were the most he's had in a start since 2014.