Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE: Scores and updates as Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm lead Europe against USA in foursomes



Players practise ahead of Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup begins this morning with Europe and the USA playing four matches of foursomes at Marco Simone in Rome.

Captains Luke Donald and Zach Johnson have selected their pairings for the first session of what promises to be a gripping team golf battle. Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton combine for an exciting opening pair to take on Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, while Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood battle Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.

Follow all the build-up to Marco Simone and updates and reaction from day one of the biggest event in golf. Get all the latest golf betting sites offers here.

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Lowry and Straka go two up

Fowler/Morikawa v Lowry/Straka 2UP (7)

Fowler and Morikawa haven’t quite clicked so far for the US. Fowler, in particular, has struggled early on as he races a putt past the hole.

Lowry leaves his birdie putt just short to win the hole but still work to be done for the US…and Morikawa misses and can’t save par.

Europe go two up in the third match. Trouble for America. Real trouble.

Ben Fleming29 September 2023 08:28

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McIlroy and Fleetwood stay ahead

Schauffele/Cantlay v McIlroy/Fleetwood – 1UP (4)

Onto the driveable par-four fifth and Europe have the advantage off the tee as McIlroy finds the green. The US miss right off the tee but it’s a superb chip from off the green to tap-in range.

Fleetwood lags his eagle effort short and there’s still work to be done…no mistake from Rory.

They remain 1UP over Schauffele and Cantlay.

Ben Fleming29 September 2023 08:22

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Europe stay ahead

Fowler/Morikawa v Lowry/Straka 1UP (6)

Fowler and Morikawa got one back on the fifth and should have one back on the sixth but Fowler misses out with a short putt. The US could really do with starting to turn some of these matches and that was about as good of a chance as you’re likely to see.

Ben Fleming29 September 2023 08:19

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Aberg misses out

Homa/Harmon v Hovland/Aberg – 2UP (7)

Another chance for Europe in this match but Aberg efforts just misses on the right edge of the hole. Still, a great start from him and Hovland.

Ben Fleming29 September 2023 08:18

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Europe lead in all four

Schauffele/Cantlay v McIlroy/Fleetwood – 1UP (4)

The start that Luke Donald would have dreamed of when he went to bed last night. McIlroy pours in a birdie effort and Europe go ahead in the final match too.

Ben Fleming29 September 2023 08:14

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Missed chance for Europe

Scheffler/Burns v Rahm/Hatton 2UP (8)

More problems for this opening US pair as Burns goes way left with his effort. Scheffler can only hack it out short of the green and Rahm takes full advantage with a precise shot from the fairway to ramp up the pressure on the US.

Burns responds well with a good chip shot but Hatton will have a look for the birdie…misses. Just to the right.

Scheffler with a chance to tie the hole from six feet and the World No.1 makes no mistake. That’s a great tie for the US and a missed opportunity for Europe.

Ben Fleming29 September 2023 08:12

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Homa/Harmon v Hovland/Aberg – 2UP (6)

That’s more like it, Ludvig. The Swede has made a nervy start to today’s action, but he rolls in a 12-foot putt on the sixth green for birdie to restore Europe’s two-up advantage.

Not a single hole has been halved so far in this match. Non-stop action but it’s Europe who lead.

Ben Fleming29 September 2023 08:07

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Water trouble for Europe

Fowler/Morikawa v Lowry/Straka 1UP (5)

Far from ideal from Straka off the tee as his tee shot into the fourth leeks left and into the water. However, it’s a superb third from the Lowry at the drop zone as his shot comes spinning back close to the hole.

It’s just a par, though, and Morikawa cuts the lead in this third match as they make birdie after Fowler’s cute chip down the slope.

Ben Fleming29 September 2023 08:05

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All square n the final match

Schauffele/Cantlay v McIlroy/Fleetwood – A/S (3)

This one is just bubbling under the surface as the other matches are off to a flying start. Cantlay’s birdie putt just refuses to drop on the left side while McIlroy’s effort is left out to the left, too.

All square thru three in the final match.

Ben Fleming29 September 2023 08:02

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Rahm almost holes out

Scheffler/Burns v Rahm/Hatton 2UP (7)

It’s only been seven holes but we’ve almost had a hole in one! Rahm’s tee shot into the seventh is almost perfect, as it rattles the flag stick and comes to a stop right by the hole. Remarkable shot.

The US team can’t follow suit and they’re back to two down early doors in this one.

Ben Fleming29 September 2023 08:01



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