By the numbers: Key stats from Day 1 at Ryder Cup

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After Day 1 at the 41st Ryder Cup, the U.S. leads Europe 5-3. Here are the key stats provided by the Golf Channel research department.

U.S. sweeps morning foursomes

• First time U.S. swept first session of Ryder Cup since 1975

• United States captain in 1975 was Arnold Palmer

• Third time any team has swept first session of Ryder Cup (U.S. in ’75 & ’47)

• U.S.: 12-0 all-time when leading after first session on home soil

• Europe: has never trailed on foreign soil after first session and won

• No team has ever led by 3+ points after first session of Ryder Cup and lost

• First session swept by U.S. side since 1981 (Saturday afternoon fourball)


Afternoon fourball session: Europe 3, U.S. 1

• United States leads 5-3 (led by same margin after Day 1 at Medinah)

• 1-2 since 1995 when holding second session lead on U.S. soil

• Teams with second session lead of 2 or less: 5-7-1 since 1979

• Teams with second session lead or 3 or more: 4-1 since 1979


Rose/Stenson def. Reed/Spieth, 5 and 4

• Rose/Stenson: improve to 4-1-0 as Ryder Cup pairing (lost in morning)

• Rose/Stenson: combined 9 under par in match (only hole lost came at 1)

• Reed/Spieth: first Ryder Cup match lost as pairing (3-1-1 record)

• Reed/Spieth: lost eight holes first four matches combined as team (lost six this match)


Snedeker/Koepka def. Kaymer/Willett, 5 and 4

Brooks Koepka: first career Ryder Cup match (birdied 1st hole)

Brandt Snedeker: first career fourball match (DNP fourball in 2012)

• Snedeker/Koepka: won four holes in match before Kaymer/Willett won any

Martin Kaymer: 0-2 on Friday; two holes won in two matches combined

• Martin Kaymer: falls to 4-5-3 in Ryder Cup career


Garcia/Cabrera Bello def. Holmes/Moore, 3 and 2

• Cabrera-Bello and Moore each were making Ryder Cup debut

Sergio Garcia: 19th career match won; sixth-most all-time for Europe

• Sergio Garcia: seventh career fourball match won; T-5 all-time for Europe

• J.B. Holmes: first fourball match lost (went 1-0-1 in 2008 at Valhalla)


McIlroy/Pieters def. D. Johnson/Kuchar, 3 and 2

Rory McIlroy: has never lost multiple Ryder Cup matches in same day

• Rory McIlroy: improves to 2-2-2 in fourball matches in career

• D. Johnson/Kuchar: first match lost as team (3-1, won this morning)

Dustin Johnson: snaps streak of five straight Ryder Cup matches won