The fisticuffs turned into a total shock in Rome when Jon Rahm blunted what looked like a potential return for Team USA to the Ryder Cup.
After a record-breaking opening morning that saw Europe take a 4-0 lead, the afternoon was dedicated to halting the American renaissance.
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It looked threatening at times, but it took the stars of the show to deliver two fatal blows and keep the United States winless.
First up was Viktor Hovland, who had to bury an eagle which Sky’s commentary team said: “You could see it from the International Space Station.” »
He did just that, securing a tie and sharing points with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, sending the crowd into raptures.
Shortly after, Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick scored a 5&3 victory over Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa to make the afternoon even better, then it all came down to another long-range shot on the 18th.
Now it was Rahm’s turn and the Spaniard did the same from an even greater distance, this time against Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka.
But rather than pumping his fist, he remained speechless and things went even softer against LIV rebel Koepka.
The result gave Europe a 6-1 lead and left the United States scratching its head after entering the tournament as favorites according to many.
Then, with their only chance to score a full point, Justin Rose delivered the killing blow of the day, sharing the point in the final game to give Europe an astonishing five-point lead.