Friend of the blog David Tindall has kindly totted up yesterday’s points haul per player. It makes for grim reading if you’re from Europe and anywhere other than Spain.
- 2 – Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson
- 1.5 – Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm
- 1 – Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Sergio Garcia
- 0.5 – Bryson DeChambeau, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland
- 0 – Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Bernd Wiesberger, Lee Westwood
Also Jordan Spieth should get a bonus point for that shot of borderline psychedelic brilliance on 17, sending the ball miles into the air while hanging onto the side of a cliff, landing it six feet from the pin, then finally defying gravity by putting on the brakes just before momentum threatened to dunk him in Lake Michigan. Quite the trip. But that’s another discussion altogether.
The first match turns up for work. Plenty of chanting from the bleachers, plenty of laughing on the tee. Lovely to see Padraig Harrington enjoying himself and sharing a joke with one-time foe Sergio Garcia. Tony Finau meanwhile rocks up to give Brooks Koepka some support, fist-bumping Henrik Stenson with one hand, a paper bag in the other. What’s in the bag? His breakfast, most likely. It’s early. PB&J with the crusts cut off? It’s Sergio, out with Jon Rahm, to tee off first … and he yanks one straight into a bunker down the left. Daniel Berger, alternating with Brooks Koepka this morning, smokes one straight down the middle. Off they go, then!
at 1.10pm BST
Good morning Kohler!
Welcome to our live coverage of the second day of the 2020 Ryder Cup. Here are the pairings for this morning’s foursomes (with all the tee times in BST):
1.05pm: Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger v Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia
1.21pm: Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa v Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton
1.37pm: Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth v Viktor Hovland and Bernd Weisberger
1.53pm: Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay v Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick
The USA were the bosses of Europe yesterday, and the visitors need a big performance now. Anything other than a fast start will land Padraig Harrington’s side in all sorts of bother, momentum doing a possibly fatal number on them. God speed to everyone in blue, good luck to Steve Stricker’s redmen as well, and may the best team win. It’s on!
at 1.04pm BST