Team Europe wasn’t giving up the fight heading into Day 2 of the 2021 Ryder Cup, but after Team USA went 3-1 in the foursomes morning round and split the four afternoon fourball matches, the defending champs’ deficit was 11-5 heading into Sunday’s singles play. The Americans need just 3.5 more points to capture the Ryder Cup trophy. Europe needs nine points to retain it.
Dustin Johnson stayed undefeated for Team USA after winning both his matches Saturday with partner Collin Morikawa. Even though he is the oldest American player, the 37-year-old Johnson has played in all four rounds this weekend. Jon Rahm and Viktor Hovland have done the same for Europe.
Bryson DeChambeau captured his first Ryder Cup victory after going 0-3 in 2018. He and his partner, Ryder Cup rookie Scottie Scheffler, earned their first Ryder Cup points Friday with a tie.
Rahm continued his own undefeated streak as he won his morning and afternoon rounds with Sergio Garcia, who has the most Ryder Cup wins in history. Otherwise, the only other winning Europeans were Shane Lowry and Tyrrell Hatton. Lowry had quite the putting day with six long birdie putts, including one on 18 to secure a point.
Rory McIlroy was absent from the morning foursome round, breaking his streak of 26 consecutive Ryder Cup rounds. He has yet to win a point for Europe this year.