Live results from Day 2 at the Ryder Cup: The U.S. lead keeps growing

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Mark SchlabachESPN Senior Writer


Senior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of Georgia

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- Europe is trying to make up some serious ground after a big first day at the Ryder Cup by the United States.

We have you covered from start to finish at Whistling Straits:


Saturday afternoon session: Four-ball

WHAT IT MEANS! 💪#TeamEurope #RyderCup

— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) September 25, 2021

Tyrrell Hatton/Shane Lowry def. Harris English/Tony Finau 1 up

How it happened: The U.S. team trailed for all but the first two holes -- but never by more than two holes. Lowry, an Irishman, seemed right at home in the blustery conditions at Whistling Straits. He made four birdies in the first six holes to give the Europeans a 1-up lead. The lead was extended to 2 up on Hatton's 11-foot birdie on the par-4 11th. English and Finau went into the par-4 18th hole trailing by one and looked to be in trouble when both of their tee shots went way right. But English pulled off perhaps his best shot of the round, when he somehow reached the back fringe of the green from 226 yards. That led to par. Hatton's tee shot was in the fairway, but then he yanked his second shot into a greenside bunker. He failed to get up and down. Lowry's tee shot found a bunker and he had to punch out, but then he drained an 11-foot par putt to win the match and keep alive the Europeans' hopes of coming back.

Jon Rahm/Sergio Garcia def. Brooks Koepka/Jordan Spieth 2 and 1

How it happened: The Spanish duo continued to take down everyone in its path for a third victory together in as many tries at Whistling Straits. Koepka and Spieth never led the match and trailed by as many as three holes after Rahm's 27-foot birdie at the seventh. The U.S. team tied the match on Koepka's birdie on the 13th hole, but that was as close as it would get. Rahm played like the No. 1 player in the world down the stretch; his birdies on the 15th and 16th holes extended the Europeans' lead to 2 up with two holes to play. Spieth struggled with his putter for much of the match and missed several attempts inside 10 feet.

Bad lie, great shot. #RyderCup

— Ryder Cup (@rydercup) September 25, 2021

Bryson DeChambeau/Scottie Scheffler vs. Tommy Fleetwood/Viktor Hovland

💪 from @b_dechambeau #GoUSA | #RyderCup

— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 25, 2021

Breakdown: Both teams competed in Friday's four-ball matches and both came away with ties. DeChambeau and Scheffler lost a 1-up lead when Hatton made a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. Fleetwood and Hovland had a 2-up lead after 11 holes but couldn't hold off Patrick Cantlay and Justin Thomas, who had a birdie on No. 12 and eagle on No. 16 to tie the match. DeChambeau's length off the tee should once again give the American team a sizable advantage on short par-4s and par-5s.

Prediction: DeChambeau/Scheffler 2 and 1

Dustin Johnson/Collin Morikawa def. Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy 4 and 3

Perfection.@collin_morikawa & @DJohnsonPGA add another win to the 🇺🇸 tally.#GoUSA

— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 25, 2021

Breakdown: Johnson may be the U.S. team's oldest player at 37, but he's the only one on the 12-man roster who will play all five matches. He has raised his game at the Ryder Cup and is 3-0. He went 1-4 at the 2018 Ryder Cup, losing his final four matches. DJ and Morikawa defeated Paul Casey and Hovland 3 and 2 in Friday morning's foursomes. Poulter and McIlroy, two European veterans, took a seat on Saturday morning after struggling mightily on Day 1. It was the first time McIlroy didn't play in a session because of captain's choice in his Ryder Cup career. McIlroy and Poulter were beaten badly 5 and 3 by Cantlay and Xander Schauffele in Friday's foursome matches.

Prediction: Johnson/Morikawa 4 and 3

Saturday morning session: Foursomes

Sergio Garcia/Jon Rahm def. Daniel Berger/Brooks Koepka 3 and 1

How it happened: The Spanish duo gave the European team much-needed momentum by knocking off the former Florida State teammates. The Americans had a 3-up lead after only three holes, but the Spaniards rallied to tie the match when Garcia chipped in front from 41 feet on the ninth hole. The Europeans took a 1-up lead on Garcia's 8-foot birdie putt on No. 12 and extended it to 2 up when the U.S. team bogeyed the next hole. After the Americans cut the lead to 1 up on No. 14, there was much controversy on the next hole. Koepka spent several minutes unsuccessfully lobbying for relief from two rules officials. Koepka's ball was lying in native grass between bunkers, and he was worried he might reinjure his left wrist if his club hit a drain that was in front of his ball. Rules officials denied him relief, but he was still able to knock his ball onto the green. The Spaniards extended their lead to 2 up on No. 16 after Garcia hit his second shot 244 yards to 5 feet of the pin, and Rahm sank the eagle putt.

Making more history 👏@TheSergioGarcia has now won the most matches at the Ryder Cup.#TeamEurope #RyderCup

— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) September 25, 2021

Dustin Johnson/Collin Morikawa def. Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton 2 and 1

How it happened: Johnson's spectacular play continued, as he and Morikawa, the reigning winner of The Open, won a foursomes match for the second consecutive day. Like Kopeka and Berger, DJ and Morikawa had a 3-up lead after only three holes. Unlike Koepka and Berger, Johnson and Morikawa didn't squander it. The Europeans did cut their 4-down deficit to just one hole when Casey knocked in a wedge shot from 105 yards for an eagle on the par-4 14th hole. But then Hatton missed a 5-foot par putt on the next hole. The teams traded pars on the next two holes for a U.S. win. Johnson, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, improved to 3-0 at the Ryder Cup.

And that closes it out. @collin_morikawa nabs a point for #RyderCupUSA

— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 25, 2021

Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas def. Viktor Hovland/Bernd Wiesberger 2 up

How it happened: After being the only American team to lose on the first day, Spieth and Thomas were in trouble early on Saturday. The Europeans were 3 up on Spieth and Thomas after six holes. But then the Americans took advantage of the Europeans' poor play to rally, cutting the deficit to just one after Hovland and Wiesberger carded bogeys on Nos. 7 and 9. The Europeans were 1 up after 13 holes, but back-to-back bogeys gave the Americans a 1-up lead. On the 16th hole, Thomas hit his second shot onto the green from 240 yards and Spieth made an 8-footer for eagle to make it 2 up. The Europeans were 1 down heading into No. 18, but Weisberger's second shot went into the water.

Another comeback from Spieth and JT. #RyderCup

— Ryder Cup (@rydercup) September 25, 2021

Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele def. Lee Westwood/Matt Fitzpatrick 2 and 1

How it happened: The match was competitive and went back and forth until the back nine, where the Europeans' mistakes helped give the Americans a lead. After Cantlay and Schauffele went 1 up on Cantlay's 23-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole, Fitzpatrick and Westwood had bogeys on the next two holes to go 3 down. They never got closer than 2 down the rest of the way. The Americans carded four birdies, one bogey and somehow took a double-bogey 5 on the par-3 third hole. Cantlay and Schauffele, two California natives and close friends, are now 4-0 in international competition. They went 2-0 at the President's Cup in Australia in 2019 and they're 2-0 at Whistling Straits. Schauffele has already earned three points this week.

Birdies haven't been easy to come by on No. 7 this week... Don't tell that to @XSchauffele 🔥#RyderCup

— Ryder Cup (@rydercup) September 25, 2021
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