After one day of the Ryder Cup, it’s the Americans that are in firm control over the visiting Europeans. The 6-2 lead means that the United States have their biggest lead since 1975 following the opener, and it gives them a major leg up as far as the rest of the tournament goes. The Americans took a 3-1 lead after the morning session, though that was not uncommon to see.
They had done so in the last couple of editions, yet ended up losing four of the last five to the Europeans, so it is hoped that this will not be the kind of start that leads to complacency for them. Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele were the two most successful players on the day for the Americans as they each won twice with different partners. Rory McIlroy, one of the emotional leaders for the Europeans, lost both of his matches and will sit out early on Saturday. Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, both Spaniards, were some of the bright spots for the European team on an otherwise rather forgetful day of golf.