Europe fight back at Hazeltine

Europe fight back at Hazeltine

Europe fought back from 4-0 down to cut the USA's lead to 5-3 after the second session on day one of the Ryder Cup.

The USA team had stormed into the lead after the morning foursomes at Hazeltine, with Darren Clarke's European team looking nervous in Minnesota.

Davis Love III's dozen were hoping to kick on in the second session but Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose had other ideas as they bounced back from their defeat earlier in the day.

They won 5&4 against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed before Spanish duo Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello cut the deficit even more.

They beat JB Holmes and Ryan Moore 3&2 but the USA did pick up another point as Brooks Koepka and Brandt Snedeker overcame Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer 5&4.

That left Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters to secure the final point and the Northern Irishman produced the goods against Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar to win 3&2.

Speaking about his team's comeback, Clarke admitted they had done him proud.

He told reporters: "I would definitely say it's better to have a small deficit with some momentum because we didn't have much at lunchtime.

"The guys went back out there and they showed just why I'm so proud of them. They showed a massive amount of desire and the fight in them to get themselves right back into it again."