Ryder Cup: Spectators sprint to course for start of 2023 tournament
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Europe look to win back the Ryder Cup on Sunday in Rome with a 10.5-5.5 lead over the USA.
The drama of Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay’s match down the 18th at Marco Simone will live long in the memory. The American’s birdie-birdie-birdie finish was the perfect response to the furore surrounding a reported dispute within the USA team over a lack of financial incentive and the rumoured statement by not wearing a team cap.
An emotional McIlroy, who will play Sam Burns in Sunday singles, was seen arguing outside the clubhouse on Saturday evening, with Shane Lowry forced to calm his teammate. Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler lead their teams out in match one of a fascinating Sunday singles draw.
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Ryder Cup 2023 – Sunday singles
Europe lead United States 10½-5½ going into final day at Marco Simone, RomeEurope need four points to regain the Ryder Cup; US need 8½ points to retainProjected result as things stand: 15½-12½Match 1: Jon Rahm v Scottie Scheffler 1UP (14)Match 2: 3UP Viktor Hovland v Collin Morikawa (14)Match 3: Justin Rose v Patrick Cantlay 1UP (13)Match 4: 4UP Rory McIlroy v Sam Burns (12)Match 5: Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (11)Match 6: 2UP Tyrrell Hatton v Brian Harman (11)Match 7: Ludvig Aberg v Brooks Koepka 2UP (10) Match 8: Sepp Straka v Justin Thomas 2UP (9)Match 9: Nicolai Hojgaard v Xander Schauffele A/S (8)Match 10: Shane Lowry v Jordan Spieth 2UP (7)Match 11: Tommy Fleetwood v Rickie Fowler A/S (6)Match 12: 3UP Robert MacIntyre v Wyndham Clark (6)Angry Rory McIlroy in furious car park altercation after Ryder Cup ignites on day twoShow latest update
Hatton moves two ahead
2UP Tyrrell Hatton v Brian Harman (11)
Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone:
“Hatton with a glorious wedge on 11, sticks it inside Harman, and chases up the hill to get a closer look, but the European fans roar in approval. Hatton is bouncing again, but then switches his focus back on, returns and helps an official to repair the divot.
“It’s conceded and Harman can’t make the tricky birdie look coming back, momentum back to Europe in a flash.”
Ben Fleming1 October 2023 14:04
Homa bogeys to drop hole
Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (11)
God you have to love matchplay. It looked like the US were making good strides and now a positive 10 or 15 minutes for Europe. Fitzpatrick holes out well for his par on the 11th and he’s suddenly back to within one, too.
Ben Fleming1 October 2023 14:03
Rose back within one
Justin Rose v Patrick Cantlay 1UP (13)
And Rosey has another! He trickles in a birdie putt at the par-three 13th and in the space of a few moments, Cantlay’s lead is suddenly not so secure and just one.
Ben Fleming1 October 2023 14:01
Scheffler takes the lead
Jon Rahm v Scottie Scheffler 1 UP (15)
What a putt Scottie Scheffler! 20 feet and right in the heart of the hole as he taunts the European fans. The World No.1 takes a huge lead in that first match and things are just starting to get interesting here.
Ben Fleming1 October 2023 13:58
Cantlay gives one away
Justin Rose v Patrick Cantlay 2UP (12)
Cantlay blinks for the first time today as a short putt misses on the 12th. Can Rose make a further indent into the American’s lead?
Ben Fleming1 October 2023 13:54
Harmon holes out to stay in touch in sixth match
1UP Tyrrell Hatton v Brian Harman (10)
Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone:
Is that the spark? A moment!? USA fans are delirious, Harman holes out on 10 to stay one down in this pivotal match. After hacking out from his wayward drive, Harman remains in touch, a half that feels like a win.
Hatton had made a sublime chip a moment earlier but spun immediately after that gut punch, swigging some water and marching up the hill to the 11th. U-S-A reverberates around Marco Simone once more.
Ben Fleming1 October 2023 13:50
Further down the board
Some encouraging few holes from the Europeans down the board. Lowry lets out a roar as he gets back to two down, while Fleetwood hits the front against Fowler. In the bottom match, MacIntyre has a nice two-hole lead through four holes.
Ben Fleming1 October 2023 13:48
Hovland misses out
4UP Viktor Hovland v Collin Morikawa (13)
Hard to critique a man who is four ahead through 13 but Hovland drops to his knees as a chance goes begging on the 14th. Still, he leads by four and is well in command of this one.
Ben Fleming1 October 2023 13:46
Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 2UP (10)
A double bogey is not going to get it done in any format of golf, much less matchplay. The Englishman concedes the hole and Homa is two clear in that one now.
Ben Fleming1 October 2023 13:44
Scheffler levels it up
Jon Rahm v Scottie Scheffler A/S (14)
Neither player is letting each other breathe in this encounter. Rahm edges ahead, and Scheffler pins him back with a superb approach to the 14th.
It’s conceded and Rahm can’t make the birdie putt to equal him. Back to all square and it’s just starting to get a little bit interesting here.
The projected scoreline reads 16-12…
Ben Fleming1 October 2023 13:43