Ryder Cup Day Two: Morning Recap

The last four-ball match went right down to the wire on Saturday morning. 

On No. 18 with the match all square, Rickie Fowler had a chance to secure a win for Team USA, but came up three inches short on his 20-foot-plus putt. Ian Poulter put his shot from the rough within a foot, and had his putt conceded. 

The round was halved, and the United States of America trails Europe by a full point, 6 1/2 to 5 1/2, after morning four-ball.

Rookies Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth were outstanding for USA as they destroyed veterans Martin Kaymer and Thomas Bjorn. 

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson nailed 10 straight birdies. However, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar hit nine, but still lost. This was one of the most impressive rounds of golf in Ryder Cup history. 

Saturday morning is a "win" for the USA. Certainly, the they have cut Europe's lead down to 6 1/2 to 5 1/2. Down 1 or 2 to Europe is not an insurmountable in singles, which we have seen on Saturday. Down 4 is not either, however, that is not where the USA will want to be in the Ryder Cup. Rose will be tough to beat, but at least the United States will not have to worry about Poulter, who has struggled, until Saturday.

"We are doing what Tom tells us to do and we trust what he says is best for the team," Spieth said. "We played really well yesterday, but maybe he decided to just sit us for a little more rest for this afternoon and tomorrow's singles.

"You can look at it a bunch of different ways but I don't think that added any fuel for this morning. I think this morning, we got out, and we got off to the same exact routine that we had done before."