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2023 Ryder Cup Highlights: Europe Dominates, Taking an Early Lead Over the US

Team Ryder Cup Europe, led by Jon Rahm, dominated the opening day of the Ryder Cup in Italy, taking an impressive 6.5 – 1.5 lead over the American team. The Ryder Cup, known for its dramatic moments and outstanding shots, saw Europe winning the opening session with a perfect 4-0 score. In this prestigious golf event, each match victory earns one point for the winning team, while tied matches result in each team receiving half a point.

To secure a Ryder Cup victory, a team needs to accumulate a total of 14 points. If the score ends in a 14-14 tie, the current trophy holders will retain possession of the cup. Europe is determined to reclaim the Ryder Cup trophy with their strong start in this exciting competition.

Relive all the excitement and standout moments from the 2023 Ryder Cup, which took place at the picturesque Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, just outside Rome.

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After a commanding performance on Day 1, Team Europe leads Team U.S. with a score of 6 1/2 to 1 1/2. As the world’s top golfers prepare to hit the course on Day 2 of the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome, check out the starting times to catch all the action bright and early.

Here’s the schedule for Day 2 of the Ryder Cup 2023 in Rome:

Morning Foursomes: The action kicks off at 7:35 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. local time (1:35 a.m. to 2:20 a.m. ET).

Afternoon Fourballs: The fourballs start from 12:25 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. local time (6:25 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. ET).

You can catch all the exciting Ryder Cup action on NBC and the USA Channel, with coverage beginning at 1:35 a.m. ET.

In the last match of Day 1, Justin Rose secured a crucial point for Team Europe by sinking his putt and tying the match against Max Homa. This result brought Team Europe’s total to 6 ½ points, while the United States earned 1 ½ points.

On Day 1 of the 2023 Ryder Cup, Team Europe has taken a commanding 6-1 lead over the United States. Jon Rahm and Nicolai Hojgaar played a crucial role by tying their match against Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka. Rahm, in particular, made a significant impact by skillfully sinking his putt on the 18th hole, much to the delight of enthusiastic European fans.

Viktor Hovland showcased his remarkable skills by effortlessly sinking a 25-foot putt with composure and precision under pressure. Justin Thomas, in response, delivered an equally impressive putt, resulting in a half point for Team U.S. This half point marked the United States’ first score on the board at the 2023 Ryder Cup.

Jon Rahm found himself in a challenging situation on the 17th hole after falling short, while the world No. 1, Scottie Scheffler, capitalized by sinking his putt, giving Scheffler a one-up lead in Match 2 as they headed into the 18th hole.

Justin Thomas displayed his clutch putting skills on the 15th hole, with only three holes left to play. Thomas took advantage of an opportunity after Viktor Hovland missed a chance to even the score.

Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick of Team Europe showcased a remarkable performance, winning the last six consecutive holes. They established a commanding lead of 6 against their American counterparts, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele. Initially tied with the Americans on the first hole through pars, Fitzpatrick took the lead and dominated the next five holes, scoring six under par. He even managed to score an eagle on the 276-yard, par-4 fifth hole and sank a 12-foot putt.

Team Europe continued their dominant performance as Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood secured a 2 & 1 victory against Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.

The turning point came at the 15th hole when McIlroy and Fleetwood extended Team Europe’s lead to 2-up with only three holes left to play. Although Cantlay and Schauffele made a valiant effort with a great tee shot on the 17th, McIlroy sealed the deal with an exceptional tee shot, landing just 2 feet from the hole on the 17th. This remarkable performance secured another crucial point for Team Europe.

This marked the first time since 2006 that the American team had lost the opening session of a Ryder Cup, highlighting Team Europe’s impressive start to the tournament.

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