Ryder Cup 2014: Advantage USA after morning fourballs

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It’s advantage USA after the morning fourballs at the 2014 Ryder Cup as they hold a 2.5-1.5 lead going into the afternoons play.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed claimed a point for the USA, as did Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley.

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson claimed a point for Europe with the other match finish all square.

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Fine start for Europe

Rose and Stenson got Europe off to the perfect start as they swept away the challenge of Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson to take the first point 5&4.

The round could have gone in a completely different direction had Watson taken advantage of his opportunity on the first hole. With both European players in the rough Bubba took three attempts to sink his put and handed the initiative to the defending team.

Rose and his swedish partner never looked back as they claimed holes four, nine, 10 and 13 as the match was over after the 14th.

Rookie pairing sink Mr Ryder Cup

Rookie pairing Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed hit straight back for America as they destroyed the partnership of Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter 5&4.

At the 11th hole the two Texas golfers were 6UP having won holes one, six and seven before taking holes nine, ten and eleven.

Gallacher and Poltre were able to pull a hole back but never looked like mounting a comeback as they played some wayward shots.

Kaymer and Bjorn let lead slip

Martin Kaymer and Thomas Bjorn will de disappointed to have halved their match with Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

Ryder Cup rookie Walker carried the American charge through a game that went back and forth as the morning advanced.

With the European pair one up going into the last hole they were unable to claim the point as Walker holed his put to claim the draw.

Advantage USA

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley claimed an 18th hole win over world number one Rory McIlroy and number three Sergio Garcia to give America the advantage.

Having been two down after 10 the European pair fought back to take a one hole lead after the 15th.

Going into the final hole it was all square but Phil Mickelson holed a birdie put to hand the initiative to the visiting team.

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