U.S. closes morning session with 3-1 lead at Ryder Cup

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The United States won the final three matches of the Friday morning Ryder Cup foursomes sessions to take a 3-1 lead into the afternoon four-ball matchups at Whistling Straits.

Spaniards Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were the lone standouts on the European team with a 3&1 victory over Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

The most shocking result was Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay winning the first five holes of their match en route to a 5&3 victory over Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.

Here's the full scoring from the alternate-shot format.

Match 1: Rahm/Garcia 3&1 over Thomas/Spieth

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The Spanish duo fell behind after two holes but then won five of the next eight to flip the match. Rahm reminded everyone why he's the world's top player while rolling in an astonishing 99 feet of putts through eight holes.

Garcia repeatedly put his partner in good situations, and the two stars made a whopping six birdies. Spieth and Thomas only made one bogey through 17 holes, but they couldn't keep up with the European buzzsaw.

Match 2: Morikawa/Johnson 3&2 over Casey/Hovland

Collin Morikawa certainly didn't show any nerves during his Ryder Cup debut, as the 24-year-old performed well alongside Dustin Johnson.

The Americans made an impressive six birdies through the first 12 holes, including three straight to start the back nine. Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland kept up over the opening nine, but the Americans' three consecutive birdies between holes 10 and 12 were the difference.

Match 3: Berger/Koepka 2&1 over Fitzpatrick/Westwood

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The former Florida State teammates used a red-hot start on the back nine to pull away from their European counterparts and win the match.

Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka won the first two holes during the closing stretch to surge ahead of Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick. The Europeans couldn't take advantage of some poor play from Berger toward the end before eventually losing on the 17th hole.

Match 4: Schauffele/Cantlay 5&3 over McIlroy/Poulter

This one was over fast, with the Americans winning the opening five holes during their blazing start.

While McIlroy and Poulter have experienced significant highs at the Ryder Cup, the pair struggled mightily during the opening nine holes, finishing at 3-over. Their closing nine wasn't much better, as the Europeans only made two birdies all day.

It was a successful Ryder Cup debut for Schauffele and Cantlay after the team went 2-2 during the 2019 Presidents Cup. Meanwhile, Poulter's Ryder Cup magic may be a thing of the past, as the Englishman is now 1-4-1 over his last six team matches.

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