Ryder Cup 2021 LIVE! Day 2 stream, results, latest score updates
Europe have it all to do on day two of the Ryder Cup after the United States opened up a 6-2 lead going into the weekend at Whistling Straits.
On a chastening opening day for Europe, the US dominated and won both Friday sessions 3-1 to leave Europe with a mountain to climb.
“No doubt it was a tough day,” said Europe captain Padraig Harrington. “It isn’t a good start, but there’s still 20 points to play for.”
The Americans went into the 43rd Ryder Cup as overwhelming favourites and played like overwhelming favourites on Friday.
Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were the only pair to win a point for Europe and Rory McIlroy lost both his matches and has been left out of the Saturday foursomes session.
Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick are back out together, while European rookies Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger are paired together. Spanish pair Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia reunite after earning Europe’s only win on Friday.
US captain Steve Stricker sticks with the same four pairings he put out on day one.
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Rory McIlroy will watch from the sidelines for the first time in his Ryder Cup career as Europe attempt to overturn a daunting four-point deficit at Whistling Straits.
McIlroy had played 26 straight matches since making his debut at Celtic Manor in 2010, but lost twice on the opening day – alongside Ian Poulter and Shane Lowry – without even reaching the 16th hole.
It was therefore no real surprise to see the four-time major winner left out of the Saturday foursomes, with Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia sent out first again following their victory on Friday.
The Spanish pair were drawn to face Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka, with Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton up against Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa and rookies Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger taking on Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth in match three.
The Ryder Cup is a match-play competition, with a total of 28 matches – split into three different formats – played across the three days.
On Friday and Saturday, players play in pairs, with four foursomes and four fourballs matches on each day, meaning only eight players on each team participate in each session. On the Sunday, all 12 players from each team play in a singles match.
The victors of each match claim a point for their team, while the point is halved if the match ends all-square. Should the two teams finish level on 14 points each at the end of the weekend, Europe – as defending champions – would retain the Ryder Cup.