Europe on the run, the USA doesn't give up

Team Europe's advantage (five points) is still consistent, but the reaction complete with a comeback from the United States gives the 44th Ryder Cup

by Andrea Gussoni
Europe on the run, the USA doesn't give up
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Team Europe's advantage (five points) is still consistent, but the reaction complete with a comeback from the United States gives the 44th Ryder Cup, the first to be held in Italy, even more charm. And where the prestigious cup - forged by the royal jewelers Mappin and Webb of London in 1924 commissioned by Simon Ryder - will go - will be decided tomorrow.

To the delight of golf enthusiasts, the over 50 thousand who reach the courses of the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club every morning at dawn - and of those who follow them on TV, and also those who have discovered golf in recent days.

To win, Europe will have to gain at least 14 and a half points, while the United States will need 14 (as holders of the trophy), counting after today's 10.5-5.5, Fleetwood and his teammates only need 4 points to win and redeem the heavy 2021 defeat in Wisconsin.

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The test of strength in the morning matches of the European Team - whose vice-captains are Edoardo and Francesco Molinari - was followed by the proud reaction of Team USA who is chasing an overseas victory in Rome that has been missing for 30 years.

Solid, united more than ever as it should be even outside of sport, the Europe that takes to the green in the morning is a steamroller which has its key moment in the record victory - in the Ryder of course - of the Scandinavian pair formed by the Norwegian Viktor Hovland and the Swedish revelation Ludvig Aberg who inflicted a heavy 9&7 on world no.1 Sottie Scheffler (who left the field in tears) and former no.1 Brooks Koepka (the only player on the field who is part of the Super League) in what is the clearest victory ever in a Ryder Cup match.

A performance worth framing that of the Scandinavian pair, who however then failed to repeat themselves in the afternoon fourball, taking the defeat at the hands of the Americans Burns and Morikawa in the match which marked the recovery of the stars and stripes.

The morning foursomes end with three victories for Europe (Hovland-Aberg, McIlroy-Fleetwood and Rahm-Hatton) and one (with Homa-Harman for the States of Zach Johnson who leaves Scheffler rested in the fourballs. The American comeback leads the signature of Burns and Morikawa, and again Homa-Harman).

The last match of the day is decided on the last hole at sunset and Team USA wins it with Cantlay and Clark overcoming Fitzpatrick and McIlroy, keeping the result open for tomorrow amidst the boos of the public while the players, Cantlay Above all, they celebrate.

The climate at Marco Simone does not disappoint expectations, not only in the meteorological sense which in recent days gives the thousands of spectators warm and sunny days. The cheering is deafening, with a predominance of European supporters shouting 'Go Europe'

The Americans were quieter, at least in the morning, then the reaction of their team reawakened their passion and cleared their throats. Singing, dancing and some whistling for the challenge between the two worlds. Tomorrow everything will be decided with individual meetings.

There are 12 points up for grabs, four are enough for Europe to sing the Ode to Joy and regain the Ryder Cup even if after today's fourballs the United States have regained momentum and confidence; " "Hopefully we can do something special that we can remember for a lifetime," Wyndam Clark says after his match.

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