Woman bloodied by Brooks Koepka tee shot at Ryder Cup

There have been nine occasions in which one team swept either a foursomes or four-ball series and each time, the team that completed the sweep won or retained the Ryder Cup.

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.

But it was not just the points tally that will have sent European captain Thomas Bjorn off to dinner on a high, but the crushing nature of the victories as the home team dealt much better with the strong wind that developed through the afternoon as numerous big name Americans fell apart. The U.S. has swept foursomes five times but never in the previous 41 Ryder Cups has the Euorpean team done so, until now.

On the bench for the opening session: Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson for the USA, and Sergio Garcia, Alex Noren, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.

Europe's Tommy Fleetwood (left) and Francesco Molinari celebrate Europe's only win during the morning fourball matches on the opening day of the 42nd Ryder Cup.

Jordan Spieth rolled in a testy 3-footer for par at the 18th hole to close out a 1-up victory over Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton.

As expected, Finau was not in US captain Jim Furyk's lineup for the afternoon foursomes (alternate shot) matches.

That led to the match being all square ...

McIlroy sank about a 6-foot birdie putt on the 6th hole, then Simpson missed a par putt on the 7th hole that would have halved the hole.

But Molinari made consecutive birdies at the 11th and 12th holes to square the match, and neither Woods nor Reed could make a birdie the rest of the way.

Johnson and Fowler had the easiest match of the morning, thanks in part to a flat performance by McIlroy, who didn't contribute a single birdie playing alongside Danish rookie Thorbjorn Olesen. Spieth was paired with Justin Thomas in the four-ball match. Rose found the water on his second shot; Rahm missed the green with his approach and his 20-foot par putt failed to drop.

  • Kyle Peterson