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Jordan Spieth celebrates winning putt.

Jordan Spieth copies Ian Poulter's celebration after winning Saturday foursomes

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As we head into the final day of the 42nd Ryder Cup in Paris, despite being behind, there is still fight in the USA team and they won’t want to surrender the crown without a fight.

As he sunk a match-winning putt, Jordan Spieth thumped his chest defiantly, showing that all is not lost for the defending champions.

The putt had decided the foursomes contest between Spieth and partner Jordan Thomas and Europe's Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy.

It was a double celebration for the American pairing, as they also defeated Poulter and Jon Rahm in the four balls in the morning.

Spieth told NBC that his bold celebratory gesture was in response to a similar display from Poulter, earlier in the day.

"Ian, being a Ryder Cup guru, to have him twice today and win, and he pounded his chest twice on us earlier today.

"So I was waiting for the right moment, and I think to win the match this afternoon, it felt like the right time."

As they closed the day 10-6 behind, Spieth knows the importance of a good start for his team and stressed that they must just concentrate on each game as it comes and not focus on the overall scoreline.

"Yeah, it certainly is, because if they get a couple points on the board, we have to win something like eight out of the next 10.

"So we've got to get off to a good start, we know that but even if we were leading, we would say the same I think this. Each individual has to focus on their match and their match only. I would certainly recommend not doing any scoreboard watching and take care of your match."

Poulter, when interviewed, declined to comment on Spieth’s gesture and spoke only of his disappointment at not being able to build on Friday’s foursomes win with partner McIlroy, with another victory on the penultimate day.

Spieth and Poulter will resume the struggle against different opponents in Sunday’s singles, facing Thorbiorn Oleson and Dustinn Johnson respectively.

As Europe go into the final day with a commanding lead, it will take some effort if the US are going to retain the cup and have the definitive chest-thump, but Spieth, at least, appears up for the fight.

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