GLENEAGLES, Scotland – In one of the most amazing displays in Ryder Cup fourball history, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson combined for a best-ball score of 52 through 16 holes, with 12 birdies – a Ryder Cup record in the format - including one on each of their final 10 holes.
Oh, and they won their match, too.
Rose and Stenson improved to 3-0-0 as a partnership for the week. Despite the gaudy stats, it wasn’t easy. They defeated a formidable American pairing of Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2, with a total of six holes being halved with birdies in a match that at times resembled a game of HORSE.
Watch all 10 of the Rose/Stenson birdies during Day 2 fourballs
“It was amazing,” said Rose, who carded seven official birdies. “I really got into reading the greens well, got into the anticipation of what it would feel like to make putts today. … Today was the day where it all happened for me.”
Playing his third Ryder Cup, Rose improved to 9-3-0 overall.
Despite the strong partnership, Stenson and Rose players won’t be paired again during the afternoon foursomes session. Because of an ailing back, Stenson will rest instead.