U.S. takes 3-1 lead after first session of Ryder Cup

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Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler recorded seven birdies on their way to a 4 and 2 win over Rory McIlroy and Thorbjorn Olesen and as a fourball pairing, look extremely risky despite their ordinary records. "They played a great session of golf from top to bottom".

It got worse for the Americans.

Match three looked set to finish in record fashion when controversial wild card Sergio Garcia and rookie Alex Noren raced seven up on Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau after just nine holes, but the European pair eventually had to settle for a 5&4 success.

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The golf course changed in the afternoon with the wind picking up, and with it the momentum swung in Europe's favour.

Reed, who is the pantomime villain for the European fans in Paris, played a starring role two years ago as the United States regained the trophy and will be pumped up to produce another match-winning display to haul his team back into contention. It was their first whitewash in any session since 1989, their first ever in foursomes. That was the plan.

Spieth's score was used on the first seven holes of his four-ball match with Justin Thomas and he was single-handedly beating Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton, leading to a 1-up win.

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When they walked off the 10th green during the morning session having just lost two straight holes to fall two down to Woods and Reed, things looked bleak.

FedEx Cup victor Rose - who had slumped to defeat by Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau earlier in the day alongside Jon Rahm - put in a solid performance with Stenson which saw them storm 5-up after 11 holes and leave Johnson and Fowler with too much to do. The duo from two-down to triumph 4&2 over Simpson and Watson in a game that had the massive crowds finally roaring after they had little to shout about in the morning. Koepka and Finau, fresh off a vulture victory Friday morning, once again get the debut slot.

Hatton missed a birdie attempt at the 18th to halve the match as the United States of America ended the session well in control of their own destiny with a two-point lead.

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