The USA made a bright start to the defence of the Ryder Cup in Paris as they opened up a 3-1 lead following the morning fourballs. World Number One Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler set the tone with a comfortable 4&2 win over Thorbjorn Olesen and Rory McIlroy, the only player in the morning fourballs not to make a birdie.
Justin Rose and Jon Rahm looked to be going well and seemed assured of a point when they were two up with six to play only to suffer defeat on the last hole to Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau, who made the most of some good fortune.
Jordan Spieth was on fire and, along with Justin Thomas, held off a great comeback from Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton to make it 3-0 to the visitors.
It looked good for the US in the last game as they took a two-hole lead but a barnstorming finish by Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari ensured Europe had something to cheer about going into the afternoon’s foursomes.