The US might not have been impressive in the last three editions of the Ryder Cup, but they have looked good in the ongoing competition in Hazeltine. The US enjoyed a good Saturday as they won three of the four four-ball contests during the afternoon after Europe had enjoyed a good morning session in the foursomes. The US currently lead Europe by three points.
The first match of the afternoon saw Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters (Europe) defeating the home players Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, which did not look good for the US. But that was the only victory Europe conjured during the four-ball contests.
After that loss, the US looked strong as they won three matches to take a good lead of over three points. The US pairing of JB Holmes/Ryan Moore and Phil Mickelson/Matt Kuchar pulled off respective wins to consolidate US' lead.
With Europe keen to make a comeback, all eyes were on the respective dynamic duos of Europe (Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson) and US (Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth). The match proved to be cracker, with the atmosphere created during the match being one to remember. The home fans supported Reed and Spieth, who both loved the support.
Reed was in full control of the contest on Saturday as the golfer looked at his menacing best to help the pair come up with a victory. Spieth praised Reed for his stupendous performance.
"It was really, really fun to be a part of. I know he [Reed] has that in him. We've all seen it before. He's 'Captain America' for us. What a front nine he had with five birdies and an eagle on his own, and then on the back nine he came through on 14, 15, with kind of what really closed the match," The National quoted Spieth as saying.
"He really birdied 16 as well [Stenson won that hole with a chip-in eagle], and probably would have birdied 17 if he had to."