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Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia having success, but other Europeans struggling at Ryder Cup

Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune on

Published in Golf

HAVEN, Wis. — Europe's best and world No. 1 ranked Jon Rahm has won 3 1/2 of a possible four points through the first two days of the 43rd Ryder Cup and partner Sergio Garcia has won three for a team that trails the United States 11-5 entering Sunday's singles matches.

Then there's Europe emotional leader Rory McIlroy, the 32-year-old star who didn't win a point and didn't play a Ryder Cup session Saturday morning for the first time since he first played in a Ryder Cup in 2010.

Ranked 15th in the world, McIlroy played three matches these first two Ryder Cup days and never reached the 15th hole.

He lost those three matches 5 and 3, and 4 and 3 twice for a European team for which only Rahm, Garcia and 2019 British Open champion Shane Lowry has won a match.

"Obviously disappointing," McIlroy said after he and Ian Poulter lost 4 and 3 to Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa on Saturday afternoon. "Disappointing not to contribute a point for the team yet. So hopefully just go out tomorrow and try my best to get a point. Hopefully, we can rally and at last give them something to maybe sweat about tomorrow."

Garcia's fellow 40-something European teammates Poulter and Lee Westwood also haven't brought back their previous Ryder Cup successes. Like McIlroy, neither has won a point so far.

 

Poulter is 0-2 after Saturday's afternoon's foursomes loss with McIlroy to Johnson and Morikama and Westwood is 0-2 after losses Friday morning and Saturday afternoon with partner Matt Fitzpatrick.

The great debate

American Brooks Koepka persistently debated two rules officials at length Saturday morning, seeking relief after partner Daniel Berger drove well off target and into a wispy bush. He argued a bunker drain would affect his swing.

Asked afterward to comment about the ruling, he said, "Yeah, we didn't get it."

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