Poulter & more: Twitter reacts as USA seize Ryder Cup lead
Gary Lineker and Ian Poulter tweet their thoughts as USA edge into a slender lead over Europe in Ryder Cup
It was an up-and-down opening morning in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles as the USA took a 2½ – 1½ lead after the opening set of fourballs.
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson led Europe to the perfect start, taking out an early lead on the misfiring Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson and wrapping up the match by 5&4.
Shortly afterwards, though, rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed completed an equally comprehensive victory over European talisman Ian Poulter and debutant Stephen Gallacher, which meant that the morning’s honours would depend on the outcome of the other, much tighter, matches.
Thomas Bjørn and Martin Kaymer, having led throughout, were pegged back for a half, while Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson took advantage of some poor play from Sergio García and Rory McIlroy on the 18th hole to snatch a 1-up win.
Needless to say, the fourballs were the talk of Twitter. Here are some of our favourite comments from the morning’s action in Gleneagles.
Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) can’t wait to get started: “What an opening day ahead. This is going to be a belter. Friends. The #RyderCup is like no other. The juices are flowing. #PlayWithPassion”
One Direction are chipping in as well, as Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) tweets his support for Europe: “In my room watching @rydercup ! C’mon @rydercupEUROPE ! #europe #usa #golf gona be a huge weekend of golf”
And Ant’s (@antanddec) a fan too: “I freekin love #TheRyderCup #justsaying A”
Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) gets technical as Simpson struggles with his game in the early stages: “Is it possible to shank a putt? #WebbSimpsonWobbles”
But things are going very well for another American pairing, as Spieth and Reed take control, and the PGA Tour (@PGATOUR) is quick to praise the selection: “Good call, Tom Watson. #6Up”
Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) vents his frustration as Bradley and Mickelson turn their match around: “I’d almost forgotten how annoying Keegan Bradley can be.”
Victory 2008 USA captain Paul Azinger (@PaulAzinger) is delighted with his country’s late comeback: “45 min ago it looked like 3-1 Europe. Boom Baby! Winning the 18th hole hasn’t been our strength. It was this morning.”
European Tour player Thorbjørn Olesen (@thorbjornolesen) isn’t giving up hope: “Not the best start to Europe, the Americans finish very strong. But think they will have a great afternoon #GoEurope”
But with Mickelson and Bradley going out again in the foursomes, the BBC Radio 5 live feed (@bbc5live) thinks European fans should be worried: “Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley have won all four matches they’ve been paired in – three in Medinah and one at Gleneagles #duo #formidable”