Ryder Cup 2016: Europe fights back to keep hopes of fourth successive win alive

Europe staged a stunning fight back to claim victory in the afternoon fourball as the first day of the Ryder Cup draw to a close at 5-3.

Darren Clarke’s side slumped to a shocking 4-0 defeat in all foursome matches during the morning session as the Americans asserted their control from their off.

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were notably tamed by oppoents Justin Spieth and Patrick Reed while Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar swept aside Thomas Pieters and Lee Westwood, storming to a 5&4 win.

But the Europeans refused to roll over as the visitors showcased the same spirit and determination that marked their historic victory at Medinah four years ago.

Knowing they had to step up, Clarke’s boys certainly delivered.

Open champion Stenson and Olympic gold medallist Rose led by example in the afternoon against the same opposition, winning 5&4 to get the first European…

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