Patrick Reed was clutch in pairing with Jordan Spieth to overhaul Henrik Stenson & Justin Rose and win the first point of the 2016 Ryder Cup 3&2 in their foursomes match.
The European pair had been superb in 2014, claiming 3 from 3, but they never gelled on the first morning. Rose, in particular, struggled on the greens, missing four putts from the 15 to 20 feet range, but Stenson was also struggling to drop the putts for hole wins and the pressure appeared to get to him on the 16th tee when he made a poor swing and pulled wide of the fairway. The pair couldn't recover and only made a par-5 before watching Reed drop the birdie putt for the win. The Americans were far from flawless, but Reed in particular showed solid skills around the greens: a 50-yard pitch on the 3rd set up a birdie, a chip and run on the 5th to secure par, a rapped par putt from 10' on the 10th. And Spieth, though ragged from the tee, holed notable putts: 15' for birdie on the 2nd and 11th. The Americans made birdies at 2, 3, 7, 11 and 16, with bogeys at 9 and 12.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 12:29:00 PM