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Homa and Cantlay carry the US to first Ryder Cup session win.

The US had to win 3 of the four matches this morning to have any chance come singles tomorrow. Well, thanks to incredible performances from Max Homa and Patrick Cantlay, the US did just that. 

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The US sent out Sam Burns and Colin Morikawa in the first pairing against European juggernauts Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg. A move that was heavily criticized because of how bad Burns and Morikawa had looked. However, It didn’t take long to realize the magic was starting for the US. The US won four of the first six holes, and Burns was hyping up a nation with his celebrations. It was over early in the back nine to give the US a point. 9.5-3.5 US. 

Then, it was Homa’s turn. Matched again with Sam Burns, Homa carried the team. He made big shots at big times and four birdies in the first six holes. After that, it was all Homa. He continued to show incredible short game, holing out for par late in the round when they needed him to. They would win by the 16th hole to make the score 9.5-4.5 in Europe. 

The Europeans got one back when Justin Rose and Robert MacIntyre decimated the struggling tandem of Jordan Speith and Justin Thomas. Speith could not find the shots today late in the round, and Thomas could only put him on his back for so long, which is not the result you want from the most experienced players on your team. 

Then came maybe the best finish in this Ryder Cup, with Patrick Cantlay and Scottsdale’s Wyndham Clark down by one with three to play. Cantlay would birdie 16,17 and 18 to win the match. That included a 44-foot putt to win on 18. It gave the US the third point they needed and a slim hope they could pull off the comeback. 

With this performance, the U.S. brought the score to 10.5-5.5. The Europeans need 14.5 points to win, so it all comes down to singles tomorrow. The U.S. will need a miracle to win, but in the Ryder Cup, anything is possible. The momentum is definitely on the U.S. side. 

Scottsdale’s Max Homa Chips-In to Earn USA’s first Match Win

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