Fist bumps became utter shock in Rome as Jon Rahm blunted what appeared like a possible Group USA comeback on the Ryder Cup.
After a record-breaking opening morning noticed Europe energy to a 4-0 lead, the afternoon was all about stopping an American revival.
That appeared in risk at occasions, but it surely took the celebs of the present to ship two killer blows and preserve the USA winless.
First up was Viktor Hovland, who needed to a bury an eagle of which Sky’s commentary crew stated: “You can see it from the worldwide house station.”
He did precisely that, although, securing a tie and a share of the factors from Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, sending the house crowd into raputures.
Shortly after Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick secured a 5&3 win over Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa to make the afternoon even higher, after which it was all down to a different long-range placed on the 18th.
Now it was Rahm’s flip and the Spaniard did the identical from an excellent higher distance additional, this time in opposition to Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka.
However somewhat than fist pump the air, he was left speechless and issues have been made even sweeter in opposition to LIV insurgent Koepka.
The outcome put Europe right into a commanding 6-1 lead, and left the US scratching their heads after coming into the match as favourites based on many.
Then, with their solely likelihood to seize a full level, Justin Rose delivered the ultimate killer blow of the day, splitting the purpose within the last match to present Europe an astonishing 5 level lead.
- Jon Rahm in disbelief and Viktor Hovland fist pumps as clutch Group Europe duo deny USA Ryder Cup fightback
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