Phil Mickelson & Rickie Fowler completed a sensational Friday morning foursome whitewash for Team USA in closing out a rollercoaster 1-hole victory over Rory McIlroy & Andy Sullivan in the 2016 Ryder Cup.
Astonishingly this was Fowler's very first full point in the Ryder Cup, in his 9th match, and Mickelson fought with his driver every time he pulled it from the bag, but they were spirited and displayed high skill to overcome a pumped-up European pair. McIlroy and Sullivan assumed an early advantage going 2-up through 6 holes, but ceded it when losing three holes on the bounce before the turn. Sullivan twice holed out from 8' for hole savers at 11 and 12, then McIlroy holed for wins from 9' at 13 and 14. But the Americans were not done and claimed 15 with par, 16 and 17 with birdies, then closed out the match with par at 18. Mickelson admitted on Sky Sports he was tight, as evidenced by going OB from the 6th tee, but he was also controlled as the game wore on and grabbed just his 5th foursomes win in 15 matches. The American pair claimed six birdies, including a hat-trick at 7, 8 and 9 (Fowler chip-in). They made two bogeys at 4 and 11, plus a double bogey at 6.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 01:03:00 PM