Final Day — 40th Ryder Cup — Gleneagles Resort’s PGA Centenary Course –Perthshire, Scotland —
Team Europe’s 3-0-1 afternoon session in Day 2 set the stage with a four-point lead 10-6 heading into the 12 Sunday Singles matches in the 40th Ryder Cup.
England’s Justin Rose continues to led the way with a 3-0-1 overall record. Henrik Stenson is also 3-0 for the European team this week, while Rory McIlroy (1-1-2) and Sergio Garcia (1-1-1) have been luke-warm. But, Rory and Sergio have shaved off some dramatic comebacks already this week.
U.S. Team Captain Tom Watson sat out Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley during Saturday’s two sessions to rest of pair. Let’s see if that pays off as the Americans may be too far back to engineer a comeback win.
The Europeans managed a four-point comeback in the last Ryder Cup in 2012. The U.S. team’s last win in Europe was in 1993 — also a four-point comeback.
Europe is looking to win the Ryder Cup for the eighth time in the last 10 editions.
Sunday Singles are off and running. Here is an update:
- Graeme McDowell d. Jordan Spieth 2&1 — Ryder Cup rookie Spieth jumped out to an early 3UP advantage, but G-Mac, making his 4th appearance, rallied to win four straight holes around the turn. G-Mac finished 3-0 this week. Spieth was 3UP through five holes and failed to win another hole. Spieth winds up 2-1-1.
- Patrick Reed (3-0-1) vs. Stenson (3-0) — Playing with lots of emotion, Reed has his ups and downs throughout the match, which is now All-Square through 15 holes.
- McIlroy d. Rickie Fowler 5&4 — Rory opened with two birdies and was 6-under through six holes destroy his challenger. Fowler has yet to win a match in two Ryder Cup matches. He finished this year 0-2-3 adding to his 0-1-2 from 2012.
- Rose (3-0-1) vs Hunter Mahan (1-2) — Up big early at 4Up through nine, Mahan fell victim to another Rose hot streak of iron play and putting. Rose moved to 1Up but the match is now Mahan leading 1UP with just a few holes to play.
- Stephen Gallacher (0-1) vs Phil Mickelson (1-1) — Phil controlled the front nine leading 2UP most of the way before Gallacher rallied to tie. The match is AS through 13.
- Martin Kaymer (0-1-2) vs Bubba Watson (0-2) — Ryder Cup competition and playing Europe continues to haunt Bubba. In a match up of two major champs from 2014, Kaymer is rolling Bubba 4UP through 12 holes. Bubba will finish with a 3-8 record all time in Ryder Cup.
- Thomas Bjorn (0-1-1) vs Matt Kuchar (0-3) — The 43-year-old Bjorn trails Kuchar 3UP through 11 holes. Kuchar is without a point this week in Scotland.
- Garcia (1-1-1) vs Jim Furyk (1-2) — A match up of players known for runner-up finishes is coming down the stretch in a tight battle. Fuyrk is 1UP through 10. If the Ryder Cup is decided before this match ends, Garcia might walk through the end of it to finish up and celebrate.
- Ian Poulter (0-1-1) vs Webb Simpson (0-1) — Poulter is undefeated in singles competition at the Ryder Cup. This match is Poulter 1UP through 10.
- Jamie Donaldson (2-1) vs Keegan Bradley (1-1) — Donaldson is 2UP at the turn.
- Lee Westwood (2-1) vs Jimmy Walker (0-1-3) — Westwood, one of the all-time leaders in points won in Ryder Cup history, is 1-down to Walker, a 35-year-old Ryder Cup Rookie, on the front nine.
- Victor Dubuisson (2-0) vs Zach Johnson (0-2) — The Frenchman Dubuisson has yet to taste defeat in the Ryder Cup. The rookie is AS through seven holes against Zach, who is mkaing his 4th Ryder Cup appearance.