7:30 p.m. And we are finally done after the last match of the day needed all 18 holes, and a share of the spoils for Fleetwood/Hovland & Thomas/Cantlay.
The United States leads the Ryder Cup 6-2 after eight matches.
The United States is a -1000 favorite to win the Ryder Cup. Europe is a +900 underdog, with a tie set at +1800.
7:03 p.m. Justin Thomas hit a 280 yard 3-wood off the deck to leave himself an eagle putt which he made, and it brings the USA all square in the last match of the day.
But Tyrrell Hatton made his birdie putt on 18 to half their match, and earn a huge half-point for Europe. And Jon Rahm is the only European to score twice today.
It’s 5.5-1.5 USA with Fleetwood/Hovland & Thomas/Cantlay All Square on 17.
6:40 p.m. As Tyrrell Hatton lips out a bomb on 17 that would have won the hole, instead he and partner Jon Rahm are dormi to Bryson DeChambeau & Scottie Scheffler. They’ll need to win the 18th to get half a point, otherwise the Americans get another one.
But a terrific putt from Tommy Fleetwood on 15 keeps he and Viktor Hovland 1 Up on Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay.
6:20 p.m. In a stunner because of the margin, Finau and English defeat McIlroy and Lowry 4 & 3. Rory McIlroy loses twice on a single day in the Ryder Cup for the first time.
And about 150 seconds later, Johnson and Schauffele beat Casey and Wiesberger 2 & 1.
The USA leads 5-1, and leads 1 Up in the second afternoon match between DeChambeau & Scheffler vs. Jon Rahm & Hatton. Europe’s Fleetwood & Hovland are 1 Up on Thomas & Cantlay thru 14.
It’s 5-1 USA, and the odds have shot to -1200 for America to take home the trophy at DK Sportsbook. This is a stunner.
5:50 p.m. Jon Rahm just hit his playing Tommy Hatton in the leg with a shot on the All Square 15th, and with the US looking like they’ve got the Johnson/Schauffele vs. Casey/Wiesberger and Finau/English vs. McIlroy/Lowry well in-hand, this could be a big problem for Europe.
The Americans have locked up a winning Day 1. The only question is how big it will be.
Team USA is -800 to win the Ryder Cup at DraftKings Sportsbook. Europe is +700 to win, and a tie is up to +1600.
5:00 p.m. Bryson is playing like a man possessed. We got a flawless flip wedge, and another LOL drive.
This was decent on the Par 3 12th.
And the pin is 394 yards from the tee box on 13. Good thing the bunker got in the way or else he’d of rolled it past hole-high.
Like— ♂️Bryson DeChambeau Tracker (@BrysonTracker) September 24, 2021
This is just CRAZY pic.twitter.com/tlDCLbctwx
4:35 p.m. And the Americans are charging.
Dustin Johnson & Xander Schauffele 3 Up vs. Paul Casey & Bernd Wiesberger thru 12
Bryson DeChambeau & Scottie Scheffler 1 Up vs Jon Rahm & Tyrrell Hatton thru 10
Tony Finau & Harris English 2 Up vs. Rory McIlroy & Shane Lowry thru 9
Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland 3 Up Justin Thomas & Patrick Cantlay thru 8
If these results held, the USA would be up 6-2 after Day 1, and they’d be massive favorites to have the Cup stay home. The Americans are -550 to win at DraftKings Sportsbook.
4:00 p.m. While the Europeans began a charge, Bryson DeChambeau looks like the best player on the course with his partner Scottie Scheffler, and is out-dueling Jon Rahm and Tommy Hatton as of now. They lead 1 Up thru eight.
Johnson and Schauffele are also 1 Up for the Americans over Weisberger and Casey. Where the Europeans are making headway is in the last group, as Fleetwood and Hovland are 2 Up thru 6 on Patrick Cantlay and Justin Thomas. Thomas was the lone brightspot for the Americans in 2018, but he’s staring at 0-2 on Friday as of now.
The Euros are also crawling back on the odds board, with Team USA at -400, Europe at +400, and tie listed at +1200.
3:20 p.m. It’s turning into an adventure at Whistling Straits, with the best players in the world struggling with the conditions.
Match 1 Dustin Johnson & Xander Schauffele 2 Up vs. Paul Casey & Bernd Wiesberger
Match 2 Jon Rahm & Tyrrell Hatton All Square vs Bryson DeChambeau & Scottie Scheffler Match 3 Rory McIlroy & Shane Lowry 1 Up vs. Tony Finau & Harris English
Match 4 Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland 1 Up Justin Thomas & Patrick Cantlay
But check out this rock roll from Rory McIlroy to go 1 Up as he looks for redemption from the last match this morning.
Now before the rules changes in 2019, this might have been a problem. But in 2021 it’s all for the lolz as the flagstick gets stuck for Bryson DeChambeau’s latest caddy. Even if it had stayed in the cup, the shot would have counted without penalty because the Rules of Golf started to make a lot more sense on January 1st, 2019.
2:52 p.m. As expected, the wind has really picked up for the four ball, and the firing at flags is mostly done for the day. Nae wind, nae golf would seem to favor the Europeans, and this is a pure links course right now despite the perfect sunshine.
A Viktor Hovland chip-in on No. 3 for birdie squares that match...
but the real shot of the last few minutes is Bryson DeChambeau. Here’s his 417-yard drive of the Par 5 that lives him a flip wedge to the green. Unreal.
2:22 p.m. And the Americans take an early lead in Match 1 and Match 4, 1 Up in both, and that gets the USA to -600 at DraftKings Sportsbook for the first time to win. The Euros are at +550, with tie at +1400.
Another 3-1 session or better for the USA this afternoon, and it could all be over but the trophy presentation, champagne spraying, and the bro-hug between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.
1:57 p.m. The final match of Friday afternoon is about to begin. The first group is all square through two and the latter two are all square through one.
12:53 p.m. And we got the matchup odds from DK in a hurry!
Paul Casey & Bernd Wiesberger +140, Dustin Johnson & Xander Schauffele -160
Jon Rahm & Tyrrell Hatton -110, Bryson DeChambeau & Scottie Scheffler -110
Rory McIlroy & Shane Lowry -110, Tony Finau & Harris English -110
Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland +130, Justin Thomas & Patrick Cantlay -150
12:45 p.m. The afternoon four ball matches:
1:10 p.m. Paul Casey & Bernd Wiesberger vs. Dustin Johnson & Xander Schauffele
1:26 p.m. Jon Rahm & Tyrrell Hatton vs. Bryson DeChambeau & Scottie Scheffler
1:42 p.m. Rory McIlroy & Shane Lowry vs. Tony Finau & Harris English
1:58 p.m. Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland vs. Justin Thomas & Patrick Cantlay
Both teams fail to send out any of the same pairings they did this morning. Despite the success early, it looks like Steve Stricker is sticking to his original plan for the Americans.
12:25 p.m. And with a pair of bogeys on 17,
the Florida State Seminoles Team USA wins the final point of the morning, as Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger defeat Matt Fitzpatrick and Lee Westwood 3 & 1.
We’ll be back here once we have the pairings for the afternoon four ball matches.
12:15 p.m. Match 4 ends before Match 3, as Poulter concedes to Cantlay & Schauffele after a long missed putt on 15. It’s a 5 & 3 loss for the Europeans, who actually fought well to extend it this long after going 5 Down in the first five holes.
Westwood and Fitzpatrick are dormi on 17, with both teams in the rough short of the hole.
12:03 p.m. And the American’s are on the board, as Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa defeat Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland 3 & 2.
We’re even in Kohler, but the Euros are lying dormi in Match 4 with Cantlay and Schauffele 4 Up over McIlroy and Poulter thru 14. Koepka and Berger are also 2 Up with three remaining.
11:55 a.m. Jordan Spieth with the shot of the matches so far! It came on 17 lying dormi and needing to win the hole just to extend the match...
One of the most amazing shots you'll ever see from Jordan Spiethpic.twitter.com/3vKxrpfpNM— DraftKings (@DraftKings) September 24, 2021
And then Justin Thomas missed the putt anyway. So the Spaniards Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia win 3 & 1 anyway to take the first point of the Ryder Cup.
The USA leads in the other three morning matches.
11:40 a.m. Copasetic so far, but credit to McIlory and Poulter for not wanting an early lunch. They’ve cut it to 3 Down with six to play. But the USA is the first team to lie dormi in a match, as Rahm and Garcia lead Thomas and Spieth 2 Up with two to play.
The middle two matches are both thru 14, and the USA leads in both 2 Up.
11:10 a.m. As of now on track to be 3-1 after the morning matches, and considering the USA’s noted struggles on Friday and Saturday, you’d have to think Steve Stricker would have taken that number before the first ball was hit.
Rahm/Garcia 2 Up vs. Thomas/Spieth thru 14
Casey/Hovland 2 Down vs. Johnson/Morikawa thru 12
Fitzpatrick/Westwood 2 Down vs. Berger/Koepka thru 11
McIlroy/Poulter 5 Down vs. Cantlay/Schauffele thru 9
At least Rory and Ian aren’t dormi at the turn, but it’s looking good for the Americans early. They are now -400 to win the Ryder Cup, with the Europeans +400, and a draw listed at +1400 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
10:45 a.m. It looks like it will come down to the middle two foursomes as Team Spain is 3 Up on Team Jupiter, Florida through 12 holes in Match 1, and Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter remain 5 Down after eight played.
Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa have finished 10 at 1 Up and remain there after 10, with Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger all square with Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick at the turn.
The live line favors the Americans in both, Johnson/Morikawa are -500 on the live line, with Koepka/Berger also leading at -180.
10:20 a.m. Now that we’ve got some data as to how these foursomes are playing, let’s check some live odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Rahm/Garcia -5000 vs. Thomas/Spieth +800 (3 Down thru 10)
Casey/Hovland +180, Johnson/Morikawa -265 (1 Up thru 8)
Fitzpatrick/Westwood +285, Berger/Koepka -475 (1 Up thru 7)
McIlroy/Poulter +1200, Cantlay/Schauffele -20000 (5 Up thru 6)
10:10 a.m. We could be looking at a total catastrophe for McIlroy and Poulter, who are five down after five holes. I’m not good at golf, but I know I couldn’t do worse than this score so far.
It looked like they might finally win a hole, but this putt from Xander Schauffele took away their hope with a ridiculous putt for birdie.
WHAT A PUTT, @XSchauffele.— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) September 24, 2021
Schauffele and Cantlay move to 5Up after five holes with this birdie.#RyderCup // @RyderCupUSA
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And then McIlroy missed a 15-foot-ish putt to halve.
The US leads 1 Up with Johnson/Morikawa as well as Koepka/Berger too. Rahm/Garcia are 2 Up in Match 1 at the turn.
10:00 a.m. Rahm and Garcia were by the odds the Euro pair the most likely to earn a point for their team this morning, and so far that’s holding true. The Spaniards have played brilliantly, and Spieth and Thomas have been pretty strong themselves, but Europe leads the match 2 Up through eight.
Otherwise it’s all the home team, with Casey/Hovland 1 Down vs. Johnson/Morikawa, Fitzpatrick/Westwood 1 Down to Berger/Koepka, and McIlroy/Poulter FOUR Down vs. Cantlay/Schauffele through four. We could be looking at an early finish for the afternoon matches unless Rory and Ian start making some shots.
9:35 a.m. We could be looking at a boat race on Lake Michigan in the last match. Cantlay/Schauffele have played three holes against McIlroy/Poulter, and have won all three. The pairing of Cantlay/Schauffele had plenty of success in the President’s Cup, and it seems to be carrying over early.
Europe vs. USA
Rahm/Garcia All Square Thomas/Spieth
Casey/Hovland 1 Up vs. Johnson/Morikawa
Fitzpatrick/Westwood 1 Down vs. Berger/Koepka
McIlroy/Poulter 3 Down vs. Cantlay/Schauffele
9:22 a.m. We’re back after getting some Las Vegas coffee, but Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood took a bigger bogey than we did in the enormous Starbucks line. A bad one on the Par 4 1st means they’re 1 Down early to Cantlay/Schauffele.
Also it’s a nice start for Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, far outperforming their alma mater athletically so far with a 2 Up lead after three holes.
8:55 a.m. Both teams are doing plenty of scrambling and saving, and Rahm/Garcia made a nice birdie at No. 3 to even their match.
Ian Poulter and Patrick Cantlay tee off for their respective teams on Hole No. 1, and both hit it flawlessly on the short Par 4. Johnson missed a short putt on No. 3, while Hovland holes his and we’re All Square in all four matches early.
8:40 a.m. The Americans take a lead early, as Spieth/Thomas make birdie on No. 2 to win the hole, and at about the same time Morikawa/Thomas holed a putt on No. 1 to do the same. So the USA is 1 Up on the two opening matches.
Lee Westwood is the odd player in Match No. 3 for Europe, giving Matt Fitzpatrick the evens. Daniel Berger gets the odds for Team USA, meaning fellow FSU Seminole Brooks Koepka will tee off on the even holes.
8:25 a.m. Paul Casey will take the odds for the Europeans, while Viktor Hovland will tee off on the evens. And Collin Morikawa drove it in the left rough off No. 1, leaving a tough shot to the green for his partner Dustin Johnson.
8:18 a.m. A nice putt from the fringe by Garcia left Rahm a 4-5 footer for par which he made, while Thomas pushed his putt pretty badly before the tap-in was conceded.
8:08 a.m. You can really hear the lack of Euro fans on Tee No. 1, as the roar for Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas was deafening. But it was a bit of a mixed reaction for Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, who drove it in the bunker down the left. Justin Thomas striped it down the middle for the Americans.
Garcia will tee off on the odd holes for the Europeans and Rahm the even ones, while Thomas is on the odds and Spieth the evens for Team USA.
Welcome to our live coverage of Day 1 of the 43rd Ryder Cup Matches from Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
After an arduously long opening ceremony yesterday, we finally got the pairings for the first four foursome matches of today. The fourball matches will be announced after the morning matches are completed.
Eight of the 12 golfers on each team will be in action, but the question is who will be replaced in the afternoon rounds as the format changes from alternate shot to everyone playing their own ball. Sergio Garcia might be the Ryder Cup’s all-time points leader, but he’s also 41 which seems to be on the age cut-line for players to be used in five matches historically. For Europe Lee Westwood is 48 and Paul Casey is 44, and they’re both in the early pairings today.
The focus will be on Garcia being paired with current World No. 1 Jon Rahm against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. We could be in for a classic today, and that’s the grouping that will get us started.
Here are the tee times and current odds from DraftKings Sportsbook for the 43rd Ryder Cup Matches from Whistling Straits. For the tournament, the USA is -215 to win, Europe is +240, and a draw (Europe retains) is +1200.
Match No. 1 8:05 a.m. ET
Europe: Jon Rahm & Sergio Garcia -105
USA: Justin Thomas & Jordan Spieth -115
Match No. 2 8:21 a.m. ET
Europe: Paul Casey & Viktor Hovland +105
USA: Dustin Johnson & Collin Morikawa -125
Match No. 3 8:37 a.m. ET
Europe: Matt Fitzpatrick & Lee Westwood +145
USA: Brooks Koepka & Daniel Berger -165
Match No. 4 8:53 a.m. ET
Europe: Rory McIlory & Ian Poulter +125
USA: Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele -145