No repeat of 'Miracle of Medinah' please
US determined to end Europe's winning streak
The Americans are hoping a murderers' row of heavy hitters in this morning's (Singapore time) singles can finally put the brakes on Europe's winning streak and deliver the first US Ryder Cup victory since 2008.
The determined Team USA took a three-point cushion into the final day of the 41st Ryder Cup, but there is heightened pressure to produce because of Europe's recent domination in the biennial event.
"We always get criticised that we don't bond as a team, or we don't have enough passion and, this time, we have taken it personally," said US Ryder Cup team captain Davis Love.
The Americans are also hoping to avenge a shocking loss from 2012.
The last time the Ryder Cup was on US soil was four years ago when they fell victim to the greatest last-day comeback in tournament history, Europe's 14½-13½ win in the "Miracle at Medinah".
"Our team are showing a lot of heart by playing some tough golf," said five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson (above).
The US team need only five points from 12 concluding singles matches to reclaim the Ryder Cup, while Europe must take 7½ points to keep the trophy.
Since 1979, when the Cup expanded beyond a British-Irish squad, teams ahead by three points or more entering singles have won seven of nine times.
"We all know the deal is to do our job," said American Matt Kuchar. "We go out there to win our match, not worrying about how many points the team need to close out a win.
"We'd like to win all 12 matches. That's our job for tomorrow."
Four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy and the red-hot Patrick Reed faced off in the singles opener, with other match-ups including Jordan Spieth against British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden, Olympic champion Justin Rose of England against Rickie Fowler and Mickelson against Sergio Garcia.
Kuchar, who is one of five players back from the 2012 loss at Medinah, will take on 2014 US Open winner Martin Kaymer in the second to last singles match of the day.
European team captain Darren Clarke said his players can draw on inspiration from what the 2012 squad accomplished.
"In Medinah, they were four points behind, one point worse than what we are now," Clarke said.
"Teams have come back from that deficit. So it is still game on." - AFP.
Fourballs (US first)
- Brooks Koepka/Dustin Johnson lost to Rory McIlroy/Thomas Pieters 3&1
- Phil Mickelson/Matt Kuchar bt Martin Kaymer/Sergio Garcia 2&1
- J.B. Holmes/Ryan Moore bt Danny Willett/Lee Westwood 1 up
- Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth bt Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson 2&1
- Rickie Fowler/Phil Mickelson lost to Rory McIlroy/Thomas Pieters 4&2
- Brandt Snedeker/Brooks Koepka bt Henrik Stenson/Matt Fitzpatrick 3&2
- Jimmy Walker/Zach Johnson lost to Justin Rose/Chris Wood 1 down
- Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth halved with Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello.