Day 1 at the Ryder Cup: Previews, predictions, odds, results and more

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — After a three-year wait, the Ryder Cup is back. The U.S. team, which was routed in 2018 in Paris, is trying to take the Cup from the European team at Whistling Straits.

We have you covered from start to finish:


Morning session: Foursomes

How it happened: The Spanish duo had four birdies on the front nine — all off Rahm’s putter, including a 58-footer on the par-4 fourth hole. Another birdie on No. 10 gave the Europeans a 3-up lead. After the Americans cut their deficit to two on the 13th, the Spaniards answered on the 15th, with Garcia draining a 24-footer to take a 3-up lead with three holes to play. Garcia pumped his fist and blew a kiss to American fans who were booing him. The U.S. got one back on the par-5 16th to keep the match alive, but then Thomas’ tee shot on the par-3 17th bounced left off a bank and deep into the native grass, essentially ending it. With the victory, Garcia tied Nick Faldo with 23 matches won overall, the most in Ryder Cup history, and extended his career points record to 26.5. He also tied Bernhard Langer with his 11th foursome win, most in the event’s history.

How it happened: The tandem of Johnson, America’s oldest player at 37, and Morikawa, a rookie, were too much for Casey, a European veteran, and Hovland, another rookie. DJ’s form hadn’t been great since his Masters victory in November, but the combination of his length and Morikawa’s precision on iron shots proved to be a winning recipe. The match was tied after six holes, and the Americans took a 1-up lead after the Europeans bogeyed the par-3 7th. The Americans extended the lead to 3 up with three straight birdies on Nos. 10-12. Johnson, who had a 1-4 record in the U.S. team’s ugly loss in Paris in 2018, looked to be much more engaged and confident on Friday morning.

How it happened: Berger and Koepka, former Florida State teammates and close friends, put the bow on America’s 3-1 advantage in the morning foursomes by taking down the English duo. Berger and Koepka took a 2-up lead with birdies on Nos. 2 and 3, but a bogey on the ninth put things back to even at the turn. Then the Americans opened the back nine with consecutive birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 to go 2 up and were able to maintain that advantage the rest of the way. Koepka, who injured his left wrist when his club hit a tree root at the Tour Championship, looked to be just fine. There’s also little question about his desire to play in the Ryder Cup after the opening victory. Berger, one of the best iron players in the world, seemed to be a perfect partner for his former Seminoles teammate.

How it happened: The American rookies jumped on the European veterans immediately, taking a 5-up lead after only five holes in the most lopsided match of the morning. The Europeans, who had won 25 Ryder Cup matches combined, didn’t win a hole until No. 10. McIlroy was out of sorts and struggled mightily with his iron play. Poulter, a thorn in America’s side in the past, couldn’t find that magic until the back nine, when the Europeans briefly put pressure on the U.S. team by winning consecutive holes. But then the Americans had four straight birdies on Nos. 12-15 to put them away. Cantlay, the FedEx Cup champion, and Schauffele, the Olympic gold medalist, looked like the best American team in the first matches.

Afternoon session: Four-ball

Odds: Johnson/Schauffele -225; Casey/Wiesberger +175

Odds: DeChambeau/Scheffler -105; Rahm/Hatton -120

Odds: Finau/English -105; McIlroy/Lowry -118

Odds: Thomas/Cantlay -150; Fleetwood/Hovland +120

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