Tiger struggles at Ryder Cup, to sit out afternoon

How to watch Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup on Friday

How to watch Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup on Friday

Koepka, a double major victor this year, fared much better for the Ryder Cup holders as he found the short grass from the tee and hit a solid approach to eight feet, although his birdie putt shaved the right edge of the hole.

Stenson and Rose were 5 up through 11 holes before Johnson and Fowler won the 12th and 13th holes to make the final score look closer than it was throughout.

The Americans delivered repeated hammer blows as they raced into a 3-1 lead.

The Americans got off to the start they wanted before the European crowd, who were out in numbers and filled the massive grandstand that seats just under 7000 around the first tee.

Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren vs. Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau. The U.S. has swept foursomes five times but never in the previous 41 Ryder Cups has the Euorpean team done so, until now.

The US, seeking a first overseas win in 25 years, had the better of a topsy-turvy fourballs session, with Spieth particularly impressive when he and Thomas beat Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton 1-up.

After Team USA dominated the closing holes and grabbed a 3-1 advantage in the morning fourball session, Team Europe stormed back to sweep the afternoon foursomes, winning all four matches to take a 5-3 lead heading into Saturday.

As expected, Finau was not in US captain Jim Furyk's lineup for the afternoon foursomes (alternate shot) matches.

Tommy Fleetwood, one of four Europeans making a Ryder Cup debut, kept it from being another shutout by teaming with British Open champion Francesco Molinari for a 3&1 victory over Woods and Patrick Reed.

The United States prepares for its Ryder Cup battle with Europe.

Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler had the easiest match of the morning, thanks in part to a flat performance by Rory McIlroy, who didn't contribute a single birdie playing alongside Danish rookie Thorbjorn Olesen.

Spieth and Thomas, teammates again in France, seized control of their fourball match early when Spieth holed putts and chips. Rose found the water on his second shot; Rahm missed the green with his approach and his 20-foot par putt failed to drop.

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