Spaniards rally to salvage half point


CHASKA, Minn. – Europe’s new Spanish combo put up a vital half point in a dramatic comeback Saturday in the final morning foursomes match to keep momentum turning Europe's way.

Four down with six holes to play, Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello teamed to square their match with Americans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, taking a half point when a loss seemed a foregone conclusion.

The Euros won the session with the half point, 2½ to 1½.

After going up 4-0 in the first session, the Americans moved to Saturday afternoon fourballs leading just 6½ to  5½.

“I had to take a couple deep breaths on the 17th and 18th after we squared the match, because emotions were so high,” Garcia said.

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Four down stepping to the 13th tee, Garcia and Cabrera Bello won four of the next five holes. They forced Reed to make a 5-foot par putt at the last to avoid a loss.

Cabrera Bello holed a clutch 18-foot birdie putt at the 17th to square the match.

“All credit to my partner, in his first Ryder Cup,” Garcia said.

Garcia and Cabrera Bello are 1-0-1 this week. They gave their side a huge lift halving their match with the United States’ dynamic duo, a Spieth-Reed combo considered one of America’s strongest teams.