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Tiger struggles at Ryder Cup, to sit out afternoon

Tiger struggles at Ryder Cup, to sit out afternoon”

A spectator was hit in the face by a wayward tee shot from Brooks Koepka on the first day of the Ryder Cup.

Woods was not in the USA lineup for the afternoon foursomes. There was no fairytale comeback for Tiger Woods, however, on his return after missing the last two Ryder Cups as he and Patrick Reed lost 3 and 1 to Molinari and Fleetwood.

But the other three fourball matches were all square on the closing stretch as Europe captain Thomas Bjorn anxiously waited to see if his gamble of playing four of his five rookies would pay off.

Ian Poulter and Rory McIlory, who was badly off form in the morning, came from 2-down to triumph 4 and 2 over Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson in a game that had the massive crowds finally roaring after they had little to shout about in the morning.

More than 7,000 spectators at Le Golf National jammed into the largest first-tee grandstand in Ryder Cup history, cheering and screaming to produce a roar unique to the emotional atmosphere of the biennial team golf showdown.

Perhaps his 80th PGA Tour victory, the emotion of winning for the first time in five years and the hectic aftermath of coming to the Ryder Cup in Paris were part of the difference.

Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood vs. Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose were the first winners of the afternoon, claiming a three and two victory over the out-of-sorts Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. Koepka, the two-time U.S. Open champion, birdied No. 13 (he also had birdied No. 11) to trim the margin, then Finau got what he labeled "a huge break" on No. 16.

After Olesen and McIlroy both missed longer birdie putts, the Europeans conceded the hole to close out the four-ball match.



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