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Ryder Cup update: Europe & USA tied during opening fourballs

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It has been an even opening morning at Gleneagles as both teams lead two of the opening four balls.

If the scores stay as they are we will be level at 2-2 after the mornings play.

Rose & Stenson (WON 5&4) vs Watson & Simpson 

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson have taken a commanding lead in the opening game as after 12 they are 4UP.

On the second hole both European players found the rough off the tee, but Bubba Watson slipped up, taking three attempts to put as Rose and Stenson recovered to go 1UP.

Their lead was doubled on the fourth as 2013 US Open winner Rose sunk a birdie put from eight foot.

On the ninth Web Simpson missed his put by a foot to give Stenson the chance and the Swede made no mistake as he put Europe 3UP on the first game.

After ten hole the opening pairing were 4UP, as Justin Rose sank a put from a considerably long distance. 

With only 5 hole left it appears to be first blood to Europe in this year's Ryder Cup - confirmed at the 14th hole.

Bjorn & Kaymer (2UP) vs Fowler & Walker

Arguably the most exciting tie of the morning as it has been up and down between the two pairs. Bjorn and Kaymer found themselves 3UP after four hole.

But the American pairing of Fowler and Walker have pulled it back, they are now only 1DN after 11 holes.

Rickie Fowler handed Europe the advantage on the first hole as he missed a 15-yard put to tie the hole.

Thomas Bjorn's birdie put from four yards gave Europe a two hole lead after two. It was three at the fourth as Martin Kaymer sunk a birdie.

The American pair began their fight back on the fifth as Fowler claimed the hole with a birdie put.

A fantastic eagle from Jimmy Walker on the tenth pulled it back to just one and after 12 holes the Europe remain 1UP.

Gallacher & Poulter vs Spieth & Reed (6UP)

The young pairing of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed have asserted total dominance over their European opponents in this mornings match.

It started badly on the first hole for Europe as Ian Poulter, a Ryder Cup expert, missed a put for inches to concede the hole.

Reed showed his best form to sink a shot from distance on the sixth as America took a two hole lead.

Ryder Cup rookie Spieth enhanced the misery for Gallacher and Poulter as he put them three behind on the seventh.

The Scotsman Stephen Gallacher showed his opening day nerves as he missed a put to give Spieth an opening and the rookie made no mistake.

On the 10th it seemed Poulter and Gallacher's challenge was over as Spieth gave USA a five hole lead.

The American pair took a commanding lead on the 11th to go 6UP and it looks like this game will not go the distance with seven holes left.

Garcia & McIlroy vs Bradley & Mickelson (2UP)

World number one Rory McIlroy and his partner Sergio Garcia have surrendered an early lead in the mornings big game as they fall two behind.

Garcia gave Europe a one hole lead on the fourth as his marvellous chip out the bunker found the hole.

Keegan Bradley levelled it up after seven as Garcia missed his put, the American however made no mistake with his own.

McIlroy has conceded two points in two holes to put USA two up. On the ninth he shanked a hole drawing put from 15-yards and the same scenario happened on the 10th as the Northern Irishman fails to get his putting game locked down.

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