USA skipper plays down Woods injury rumours

USA skipper plays down Woods injury rumours

Paul Casey sealed an impressive 3 and 2 victory over Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler alongside Tyrrell Hatton.

The captain has kept faith in "fantastic" Rory McIlroy who leads the charge against Justin Thomas in the singles, despite an ill-tempered exchange with a spectator who questioned his putting ability.

It fell to Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth to try to salvage a victory over Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm in the last of the early matches Saturday, and the Americans did not disappoint.

Europe whitewashed the USA in the foursomes to turn the tie on its head, and after watching McIlroy bounce back alongside Ian Poulter to beat Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 4&2, he has total confidence in the Co Down man's ability to reset and "go again" today.

"History will tell me and everyone on that team that this is not over, " European captain Thomas Bjorn said.

Casey, appearing for the first time in 10 years, began with a five-birdie blitz to put himself and Hatton in control against Johnson and Fowler and although world number one Johnson belatedly hit form it was too little too late.

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On a cold, windy morning in a suburb of Paris, the USA began the day with some ragged golf.

Reed, the pugnacious talisman across his first two Ryder Cups, was having a frightful time off the tee, and was grateful for Woods' long birdie putt on seven that brought the contest back to a single hole. But will European captain Thomas Bjorn drop birdie-less Rory McIlroy?

Molinari struck back in style. His tee shot on 11 went straight at the pin, his putt from five feet into the centre of the cup.

Only Spieth of the U.S. superstars was playing close to his usual esteemed standards.

In hopes of regaining some semblance of momentum, let alone the overall lead, US captain Jim Furyk will enlist the same pairings for Saturday morning's fourball session that posted a 3-1 total on Friday in the same format. "You've got 12 of them out there, and we have to win eight points tomorrow to take the cup back home".

Thomas noted that, "we're not even halfway done with this tournament", and Spieth said the key was to keep the lead to four or fewer, keeping the competition in reach before Sunday's singles matches.

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