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Americans take 3-1 lead at Ryder Cup

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The first point of the Ryder Cup belonged to Europe and its fearsome new Spanish Armada. The rest of the opening session belonged to the Americans, just like usual.

Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele, tough as ever in foursomes, won the first five holes and closed with four straight birdies for a 5-and-3 victory over Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.

"I don't know if anyone could have beat Xander and Patrick today," McIlroy said. "They played really good - four birdies in a row. Geez, yeah, they played great."


Spanish Armada gives Europe early point

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Sergio Garcia blew a kiss to the crowd. Jon Rahm couldn't stop smiling. It was all part of a high-fiving, back-slapping, magic-filled morning for the Ryder Cup's latest iteration of the Spanish Armada.

Oh, how easy it is to find great chemistry when all those putts keep going in. Read More...

Spieth's splendid shot goes for naught

SHEYBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) It didn't take long for Whistling Straits to produce a signature shot in the Ryder Cup.

Unfortunately for Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, it didn't help them in a 3-up loss to Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia. Read More...

US slim media favorite to win Ryder Cup

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) A decidedly unscientific poll of 20 journalists at this week's Ryder Cup - 10 from each side of the Atlantic Ocean - agree with the betting public that the U.S. team will wrest back the gold trophy at Whistling Straits. But the margin - 11-9 in favor of the Americans - is considerably closer than the slightly better-than-2-to-1 pre-tournament odds.

Those who chose the U.S. team highlighted the players' much-higher world rankings and their relative youth and lack of scars from past losses (Europe has won seven of the last nine matches). Those who liked Europe were best summed up this way: "It's like betting against the Patriots in the Super Bowl." Read More...

European team bonds despite differences

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) A few things have changed since the last time Europe and the United States gathered for the Ryder Cup.

For one, Europe.

Topsy-turvy '21 gives Rahm perspective

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) In many ways, Jon Rahm's biggest steps forward in 2021, to say nothing of his setbacks, came off the golf course.

That adds a sense of perspective to anything that happens on it - even in the Ryder Cup, where the once-tempestuous Spaniard now attempts to take his place as a stabilizing force for Europe, a status that would naturally come with being the best player in his country, his continent and the world. Read More...

Fitzpatrick seeking better Ryder results

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Matt Fitzpatrick's Ryder Cup debut wasn't great.

He lost. Europe lost. And he never really felt like he played any real golf. Read More...

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