Tony Finau's big break carries U.S. to early lead in Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup 2018: First pairings for Friday matches announced

Following a blazing start to this week's matches the Americans tumbled over a familiar hazard on Friday, dropping all four afternoon matches to head into the weekend in a 5-3 hole and still searching for an alternate-shot alternative.

Ian Poulter and Rory McIlory, who was badly off form in the morning, came from 2-down to triumph 4 and 2 over Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson in a game that had the massive crowds finally roaring after they had little to shout about in the morning. Fowler gave the Americans their first lead with a birdie on the 10th, and then Johnson birdied the next two holes for a 3-up lead.

There were questions about how Henrik Stenson would handle himself in this year's Ryder Cup, and Justin Rose was coming off a gutting last-hole loss in the opening session.

However, his huge swing on day one of the 2018 Ryder Cup resulted in a fan taking the brunt of the ball.

Those involved in these matches, either as players or captains, always revert to the most transparent of thresholds between victory and defeat. The U.S. team, Love reasoned, was mostly liked to draw the ball and the hole location didn't allow them to be aggressive.

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The Americans need 14 points to retain the trophy while Europe need 14 1/2 points to win for the ninth time in 12 attempts.

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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.

However, Poulter and McIlroy came roaring back on the front nine. Yeah, that would make me nervous. Phil Mickelson couldn't find first gear, and Bryson DeChambeau couldn't whip up an algorithm to compensate, and thus the US surrendered the Ryder Cup lead.

And it probably doesn't fill the US team room with confidence that there's still one more such session to endure on Saturday.

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