For the fourth session in a row, Europe are in desperate need of a fast start. Fourth time lucky, then? Well, if they’re to retain or win the 43rd Ryder Cup Matches, they’ll need to do something that’s never been done before in the entire history of this grand old transatlantic competition: recover a five-point deficit going into the singles.
If they manage it, they’ll knock 2012’s Miracle of Medinah and 1999’s Battle of Brookline into a cocked beanie. Hey, you never know, though perhaps they’d do better to set themselves a more realistic target: getting into double figures, which would ensure they at least beat Europe’s worst-ever total (9½ at Walton Heath in 1981) and better the performance of Hal Sutton’s corked 2004 vintage, who also went into the singles 11-5 down and only managed 4½ further points en route to the USA’s largest-ever defeat. Modest ambitions, but you’ve seen how the first two days played out against this stunningly talented American team.
Still, the Ryder Cup’s the Ryder Cup, ain’t that the truth. And its history shows that nothing’s over until it’s over. If Europe do somehow pull off the nigh-on impossible, their fans can thank me for tempting fate afterwards. Rout, procession, or jaw-dropping comeback, let’s enjoy the golf. It’s on! Here are the tee times (all BST):
5.04 pm: Rory McIlroy v Xander Schauffele
5.15 pm: Shane Lowry v Patrick Cantlay
5.26 pm: Jon Rahm v Scottie Scheffler
5.37 pm: Sergio Garcia v Bryson DeChambeau
5.48 pm: Viktor Hovland v Collin Morikawa
5.59 pm: Paul Casey v Dustin Johnson
6.10 pm: Bernd Wiesberger v Brooks Koepka
6.21 pm: Ian Poulter v Tony Finau
6.32 pm: Tyrell Hatton v Justin Thomas
6.43 pm: Lee Westwood v Harris English
6.54 pm: Tommy Fleetwood v Jordan Spieth
7.05 pm: Matt Fitzpatrick v Daniel Berger
Source : https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/sep/26/ryder-cup-usa-lead-europe-11-5-before-singles-live?page=with:block-61509ee38f08b6230668bc55348