t was a chastening day for Europe on day one of the Ryder Cup as the United States opened up a 6-2 lead going into Saturday.
The USA won both Friday sessions 3-1 to leave Europe with a mountain to climb over the weekend.
Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were the only pair to win a point for Europe on Friday, beating home pairing Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas 3&1 in the opening foursomes match.
But the Americans dominated and are now overwhelming favourites.
“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.”
After losing both his matches on Friday, Rory McIlroy will sit out the Saturday foursomes session after been left out of a Ryder Cup session for the first time in his career.
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When is the 2021 Ryder Cup?
The Ryder Cup takes place across three days, starting on Friday, September 24 and running until Sunday, September 26.
Where is the 2021 Ryder Cup?
This year’s Ryder Cup will be played at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The course has hosted the PGA Championship three times, most recently in 2015.
2021 Ryder Cup schedule
Friday foursomes (from 1:05pm)
- 1:05pm – Garcia/Rahm beat Thomas/Spieth 3&1
- 1:21pm – Johnson/Morikawa beat Casey/Hovland 3&2
- 1:37pm – Koepka/Berger beat Westwood/Fitzpatrick 2&1
- 1:53pm – Cantlay/Schauffele beat McIlroy/Poulter 5&3
Friday fourballs (from 6:10pm)
- 6.10pm –Johnson/Schauffele beat Casey/Wiesberger 2&1
- 6.26pm – DeChambeau/Scheffler A/S Rahm/Hatton
- 6.42pm – Finau/English beat McIlroy/Lowry 4&3
- 6.58pm – Thomas/Cantlay A/S Fleetwood/Hovland
Saturday foursomes (from 1:05pm)
- 1:05pm – Koepka/Berger vs Garcia/Rahm
- 1:21pm – Johnson/Morikawa vs Casey/Hatton
- 1:37pm – Thomas/Spieth vs Hovland/Wiesberger
- 1:53pm – Schauffele/Cantlay vs Westwood/Fitzpatrick
Saturday fourballs (from 6:10pm)
Afternoon Matches (Fourball): 6:10pm, 6:26pm, 6:42pm, 6:58pm
- Singles matches: First match at 5:04pm, then at 11-minute intervals
How to watch the 2021 Ryder Cup
TV channel: All three days will be broadcast in their entirety on Sky Sports Golf, with some of the action also showing on Sky Sports Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subcribers can stream the action via the SkyGo app.
2021 Ryder Cup format
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.
2021 Ryder Cup teams
*denotes captain’s pick.
- Jon Rahm
- Rory McIlroy
- Viktor Hovland
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Tyrrell Hatton
- Bernd Wiesberger
- Matt Fitzpatrick
- Lee Westwood
- Paul Casey
- Sergio Garcia*
- Ian Poulter*
- Shane Lowry*
Read our player-by-player guide to Team Europe here.
- Collin Morikawa
- Dustin Johnson
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Patrick Cantlay
- Brooks Koepka
- Justin Thomas
- Daniel Berger*
- Jordan Spieth*
- Xander Schauffele*
- Tony Finau*
- Harris English*
- Scottie Scheffler*
Read our player-by-player guide to Team USA here.
2021 Ryder Cup odds
- USA to win: 1/9
- Europe to win: 10/1
- Tie: 22/1
Ryder Cup past winners
Since the Ryder Cup became a Europe vs USA competition in 1979 (having previously been USA vs Great Britain or Great Britain and Ireland), there have been 20 renewals.
Of those, Europe have won 11, with the US winning eight and one match ending in a tie.