DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Capsules of Saturday’s matches at the Ryder Cup:
Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters, Europe, def. Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson, United States, 4 and 2.
Fowler rolled in a 25-foot putt on the opening hole, and when the cheers subsided, Pieters matched him from 20 feet. That set the tone, and Europe was more than up to the task. McIlroy made birdie on No. 2, and Europe took advantage of Fowler mistakes on the next two holes. The Americans had momentum when Mickelson made a 60-foot par putt to halve No. 8, won No. 9 when McIlroy missed a short putt, and Mickelson made a birdie on the 10th. Fowler missed big putts, however, and Pieters delivered a late birdie to regain command.
Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka, United States, def. Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick, Europe, 3 and 2.
Snedeker and Koepka built an early 2-up lead on European mistakes, and but they squared the match through 11 holes. The Americans took over from there, particularly Snedeker and his putting. They made four straight birdies to close out the match. Fitzpatrick made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 14th, only for Snedeker to made a 10-footer to halve the hole. The Americans went to 2 up with another birdie on the 15th, and Fitzpatrick hit into the water trying to reach the green on the par-5 16th.
Justin Rose and Chris Wood, Europe, def. Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson, United States, 1 up.
Europe never trailed, though it also threw a match away at the end. Johnson, typically a reliable putter, missed a short par putt on the 13th hole as the Americans fell 3 down with five holes to play. Walker birdied the next hole to cut the deficit to 2 down. Europe was 2 up on the par-5 16th and the Americans had to lay up. Rose went for the green from 250 yards and put it in the water. The Americans had a chance to get a half point, but Johnson caught a flyer out of the rough on No. 18 and went long.
Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello, Europe, halved with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, United States.
Spieth and Reed never looked better, making five birdies in seven holes, an astounding score for alternate shot. They were 3 up through seven holes, and when Garcia missed a 2-foot putt on the 11th, the Americans were 4 up with seven holes to play. Cabrera Bello halved the 12th with a birdie, and it was a big putt. The Americans began making mistakes, the Spaniards made birdies and they won four of the next five holes to square the match. On the 18th, Spieth missed the fairway, Reed missed the green, and Reed had to make a 5-foot par putt just to earn a half-point in a match the Americans thought they had won all along.
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