SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — The European staff arrives at Day 2 of the Ryder Cup with some severe work to do. After a dreadful opening day — Europe gained only one match and fell 4 factors behind — it’s hoping a brand new day at Whistling Straits will deliver new outcomes.
Whereas American captain Steve Stricker went with the precise lineup he utilized in Friday’s morning foursomes session, Europe captain Padraig Harrington modified issues up a bit in his pairings. One noticeable distinction is the absence of Rory McIlroy, who can be sitting out a session for the primary time in his Ryder Cup profession.
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Here’s what is approaching a pivotal Day 2:
SCORE: UNITED STATES 6, EUROPE 2
Saturday morning session: Foursomes
Garcia/Rahm 3 down by 3 in opposition to Berger/Koepka. Too early to declare this Ryder Cup over?
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Breakdown: Berger and Koepka, former Florida State teammates, had been implausible in taking down Englishmen Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick in foursomes on Friday morning. They’re going to need to be even higher in opposition to the Spanish duo, who defeated Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth for Europe’s solely victory on Day 1. Berger and Koepka complement one another properly. Garcia and Rahm can be attempting to show momentum to Europe’s aspect in a rush.
Odds: Koepka/Berger +138; Rahm/Garcia -105; Tie +6000
Prediction: Garcia/Rahm 2 and 1
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Breakdown: Morikawa, 24, has already gained two main championships, the identical quantity as Johnson, who’s 37. Morikawa is without doubt one of the finest ball strikers on this planet, whereas Johnson, a former World No. 1, appears to be discovering his type on the proper time. Morikawa is a streaky putter, however DJ’s putter was red-hot on Friday. Casey misplaced two matches on the opening day. Hatton, although, made a crucial birdie putt on the 18th gap to salvage a half-point for the Europeans.
Odds: Johnson/Morikawa -125; Casey/Hatton +163; Tie +600
Prediction: Johnson/Morikawa 3 and a couple of
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Breakdown: Spieth was the one U.S. participant who did not earn at the very least a half-point on Friday; he and Thomas misplaced to Rahm and Garcia within the morning foursomes. Thomas salvaged a half-point with Patrick Cantlay within the afternoon four-balls. Each can be extremely motivated to play higher. Hovland and Wiesberger are European rookies. Hovland was nearly as good as marketed in his debut. Wiesberger, the primary Austrian to compete within the Ryder Cup, is the lowest-ranked participant on both staff, however he held his personal and performed fairly properly on Friday.
Odds: Spieth/Thomas -137; Hovland/Wiesberger +180; Tie +600
Prediction: Spieth/Thomas 2 and 1
Breakdown: On paper, at the very least, this appears to be like like essentially the most lopsided match within the Individuals’ favor. Cantlay gained 4 occasions final season and was the PGA Tour Participant of the 12 months. Schauffele is a two-time runner-up in majors championships and gained a gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics. On Friday, Schauffele grew to become the primary U.S. rookie to go 2-0 on the primary day since Keegan Bradley in 2012. Westwood and Fitzpatrick struggled to maintain up with the firepower of Koepka and Berger on Friday morning — and this U.S. duo may be even higher.
Odds: Cantlay/Schauffele -175; Westwood/Fitzpatrick +240; Tie +600
Prediction: Cantlay/Schauffele, 4 and three