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Europeans pull off historic rout at Ryder Cup, sweep foursomes to grab 5-3 lead

September 28, 2018

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Europe has pulled off a historic performance at the Ryder Cup.

The home team completed its first shutout in any session since 1989 and its first sweep ever in foursomes.

Just like that, Europe turned a 3-1 deficit after Friday morning fourballs into a 5-3 lead heading to Saturday.

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson pulled off a 3-and-2 win over Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter romped to a 4-and-2 victory over Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren blew out Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau 5-and-4. Finally, Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood crushed Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas 5-and-4.

How big was this rout?

No match reached the 17th hole.

Sergio Garcia (r.) and Alex Noren congratulate each other during their foursome match on the opening day of the 2018 Ryder Cup. (Laurent Cipriani / AP)

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