Following a blazing start to this week's matches the Americans tumbled over a familiar hazard on Friday, dropping all four afternoon matches to head into the weekend in a 5-3 hole and still searching for an alternate-shot alternative. Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (5 and 4) • Tommy Fleetwood/Francesco Molinari d.
The most controversial decision of the afternoon for the Americans was the pairing of Mickelson and DeChambeau, the latter of whom was making his Ryder Cup debut.
The Americans had taken the 3-1 lead after the opening session thanks to an unlikely break from a slat of wood, with Europe getting its only point by beating Tiger Woods.
Reed played all five matches at Hazeltine two years ago and went 3-1-1 in the US victory.
Rose hit into the water on the 18th to make a bogey, and Koepka secured a par for a 1-up victory.
Coming off a victory at the Tour Championship, Tiger Woods lost in his first Ryder Cup appearance since 2012.
But Molinari made consecutive birdies at the 11th and 12th holes to square the match, and neither Woods nor Reed could make a birdie the rest of the way. He followed with a 35-foot birdie putt, crouching to watch as it broke into the cup.
That led to the match being all square ...
Even Justin Rose and Jon Rahm were beaten, despite being in control for long periods against Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau, and a spirited fight-back by Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey came to nothing. He had been the only player to fail to card a birdie in the morning, leading to suggestions he could be dropped.
Johnson missed a five-foot par putt to fall 1-down through eight holes.
Johnson and Fowler gave the USA its first point, closing out the 4-and-2 victory over McIlroy and Olesen without even having to finish the par-3 16th.