Ryder Cup 2014: Europe edging early proceedings

McIlroy has made a great start against Fowler (©GettyImages)

Europe have made a good start to the final day of the Ryder Cup as they look put early pressure on the US.

Europe only need to win four points from the 12 single matches to retain the Ryder Cup and have put themselves in a good position to confirm victory in the afternoon.

Excellent chance

Graeme McDowell and Jordan Spieth was the opening match and the Northern Irishman had a excellent chance to get Europe off to a perfect start but his birdie putt somehow lipped out when he and the crowd thought it was in.

That missed putt appeared to affect McDowell who now finds himself three holes down through six.

Other ties

Patrick Reed and European are all square through six holes with the American making amends after a nightmare second hole.

World number one Rory McIlroy has started magnificently and is 4up through just five holes with his match against Rickie Fowler. The Northern Irishman looks in the zone and Fowler will find it extremely difficult to turn that match around.

Rose wilts

Justin Rose, who is the highest points scorer from both line-ups, hasn't been able to continue his good form as he is currently two down after four holes against Hunter Mahan.

Scotland's Stephen Gallacher hasn't played since his heavy defeat during Friday morning's fourballs and the rookie is matched up against Phil Mickelson who is playing his 10th Ryder Cup.

But Gallacher has started well and is 1up through his three holes, although it could have been better for Gallacher had he birdied the first hole.

Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson have just teed off and are all square after the opening two holes while Thomas Bjorn and Matt Kuchar are all square through one.

Tee of times

The second half of the singles matches will be teeing off shortly with the schedule looking like this:

13:00 S Garcia v J Furyk
13:12 I Poulter v W Simpson
13:24 J Donaldson v K Bradley
13:36 L Westwood v J Walker
13:48 V Dubuisson v Z Johnson

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