Throwing Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter back together always looked like a nostalgia act, a desperate attempt by Padraig Harrington to draw more magic from the pair who detonated the miracle of Medinah. And yet this was one experiment that belonged firmly in the past, as the two delivered a dismal performance, mixing ragged play with downbeat body language, en route to a 5&3 thrashing by Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.
Europe and the USA began battle at Whistling Straits.
A humbling first morning of the 43rd Ryder Cup featured Europe yet again getting off to a slow start. Thank goodness for Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia in the top match, because without the new Spanish Armada, the visitors’ chances could already be deemed to have sunk with barely a trace.