Team USA owns a 3-point lead heading into Sunday singles at the Ryder Cup. Team Europe was riding the momentum as it inched within one point Saturday at Hazeltine, but the Americans won three-of-four afternoon matches and ended the day with a nine-and-a-half to six-and-a-half lead. Team USA was sparked by Patrick Reed who holed out a wedge shot from the fairway for eagle on the sixth hole. He and partner Jordan Spieth went on to defeat Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. The Americans need only five points from 12 singles matches on Sunday to win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008. Patrick Reed will take on Rory McIlroy in the first singles match today.
Up Next: The Ryder Cup will be decided in the 12 singles matches Sunday. The U.S. needs 5 points to win the Cup, Europe needs 7 1/2 to retain it.
Big Afternoon: The U.S. team came through in the afternoon better ball sessions, winning three of four matches to build its lead.
Match of the Day: Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello were down from the second hole on and 4-down with six holes to play. They roared back for a tie in alternate shot.
Shot of the Day: A wedge by Patrick Reed that spun back into the hole on No. 6 in better ball to give himself and Jordan Spieth a lead they never gave up against Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.
Uh-Oh: Lee Westwood missed a short putt on the 17th hole and an even shorter one on 18 as he and Danny Willett lost 1-up to Ryan Moore and J.B. Holmes in better ball.
Key Stat: In 49 holes over three matches, Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters have never trailed.
Notable: The last time the Ryder Cup was on U.S. soil, the Europeans came back from a 10-6 deficit on the final day to win in 2012 in Chicago.
Just as notable: European captain Darren Clarke picked his top players to go out first Sunday to try and regain momentum.
Key Sunday Matches (all times CDT): Rory McIlroy vs. Patrick Reed, 11:04 a.m.; Jordan Spieth vs. Henrik Stenson, 11:15 a.m.; Phil Mickelson vs. Sergio Garcia, 1:59 a.m.
Quotable: ”We all know the deal is to do our job. We go out there to win our match, not worrying about how many points the team needs to close it out or win.” – Matt Kuchar on the Sunday singles strategy.
Television: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (NBC).
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