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Summary

  1. Day one score: Europe 5-3 USA
  2. US win fourballs 2½-1½, Europe win foursomes 3½-½
  3. Donaldson/Westwood beat Furyk/Kuchar 2 UP
  4. Rose/Stenson beat Mahan/Johnson 2 and 1
  5. McIlroy/Garcia v Walker/Fowler All Square
  6. Dubuisson/McDowell beat Mickelson/Bradley 3 and 2

Live Reporting

By Ben Dirs

All times stated are UK

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I do believe that might be me done for the day. A good, solid opening day's play at the 40th Ryder Cup, with plenty of thrills along the way. Join us again tomorrow, Andy Cryer will be kicking off day two at 07:00 BST. Night.

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Global Golf Post writer Ron Green Jr on Twitter: "If you're wondering, Spieth was '100% certain' he & Reed would play this afternoon, knowing 2 pairings would be based on morning play."

Stand by for the announcement of tomorrow morning's pairings, although it might be after I've wrapped this up. Big decisions need to be made by skippers McGinley and Watson, but I think it's safe to say Watson will be sending his rookie pairing of Spieth and Reed out again, I'd imagine they weren't very impressed with being rested this afternoon after whupping Poulter and Gallacher this morning.

Ryder Cup 2014 Score: Europe 5 USA 3
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Friday's foursomes Result: Europe 3½ - ½ USA

Donaldson & Westwood (Europe) beat Furyk & Kuchar (USA) 2UP

Rose & Stenson (Europe) beat Mahan & Johnson (USA) 2&1

McIlroy & Garcia (Europe) halved with Walker & Fowler (USA)

Dubuisson & McDowell (Europe) beat Mickelson & Bradley (USA) 3&2

Europe captain Paul McGinley: "We have seen in Ryder Cups over the years how important momentum is and we showed real strength of character to respond to that American surge and get blue back on the board inside six holes.

"I think that Sergio Garcia's and Rory McIlroy's halve was as a good as a win, two out of three for the rookies was not bad and now we have to maintain that momentum."

Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer at Gleneagles

Sergio Garcia of Europe
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"If Jimmy Walker's comeback from three down this morning was a punch in the guts for Europe, Garcia's miracle three-wood to rescue a half from nowhere with Rory is sending the home galleries home with a jig and a dance. There's always talk of momentum in Ryder Cups, but if the star pairing of McIlroy and Sergio had ended pointless from their two matches on the opening day, the home charge might have felt stalled on the grid."

Rory McIlroy speaking to Sky Sports: "We were making life difficult for ourselves out there. I don't think we were playing from the fairway very much, but we wanted to at least ask them the question and make them play down 18.

"We had two tough matches today and at least we have a half point to show for it."

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Paul McGinley: "I think it just shows real strength of character. America got a big momentum switch towards the end of the morning session and for our guys to react shows a real strength of character.

"All the rookies should be proud today, I just said to Tom Watson. Sometimes you go out and you lose though, that happens in the Ryder Cup. That half point for Sergio and Rory was huge. I'm sure they're buzzing in the team room right now."

Europe move into box seat

That will feel like a clean sweep for Europe, though still no side has won all four matches in a session for 25 years - via Golf Channel statistician

Justin Ray: Last time a team swept a session was Europe in 1989 Fri. afternoon four-ball.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (R) and Victor Dubuisson of Franc
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Graeme McDowell: "That was a lot of fun today. It was a long wait this morning having to sit out and watch the boys play. Victor and I were really fired up to play. This kid right here is the next superstar in Europe; this kid is really, really good."

Victor Dubuisson: "Yesterday I was a little bit nervous, it was tough to get some positive excitement because I was really nervous, really stressed. But to get on the tee was a dream, it was fantastic, I completely de-stressed. A big thanks to Graeme, it's very new for me and he's been fantastic for me."

So, Europe lead 5-3 after day one of the 40th Ryder Cup, which you have to say is magnificent. Tough conditions out there, so it wasn't always blitzkrieg golf, but it was the Europeans who adapted better. Nice little interview with McDowell and Dubuisson on the telly, with the Northern Irishman announcing his partner as "the next superstar of European golf". Quite the tribute.

BreakingDubuisson & McDowell v Mickelson & Bradley

Europe win 3&2

Europe up

McDowell has curled it in from range! What a win, what an afternoon for Europe, the Americans left reeling...

Dubuisson with a faint smile as he makes his way to the 16th green, the smile of a man who knows all the ladies in the bar love him but he's going to bide his time and have a long drink anyway. Bradley cosies his ball up to the hole, McDowell has a putt for the match...

McDowell and Bradley lay up at 16, they're all out there watching now, with only one match left on the course. Mickelson leaves his third short, leaves the door open for Dubuisson to storm the place and do some damage. Smashing shot, the Americans could be dead...

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Kate Lynham: Yessssss Rory McIlroy...just fist pumped at my desk...don't even care who knows I'm listening at work anymore!

Europe"s Rory McIlroy
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James Leeson: Sat on the 6.06 to Frome from Paddington and just smashed my knees on the table when Rory nailed that putt.

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Daz and Shaz on Ba322 to Paris: Made schoolboy error of booking wedding anniversary trip to Paris on Ryder cup weekend! Sat on Tarmac at heathrow. Just yelled out when Rory holed his putt on 17! Come on Europe!

Ryder Cup 2014 Score: Europe 4 USA 3
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Projected Overall Score: Europe 5 - 3 USA

Friday's foursomes latest scores:

Donaldson & Westwood (Europe) beat Furyk & Kuchar (USA) 2UP

Rose & Stenson (Europe) beat Mahan & Johnson (USA) 2&1

McIlroy & Garcia (Europe) halved with Walker & Fowler (USA)

Dubuisson & McDowell (Europe) v Mickelson & Bradley (USA) - Europe 2UP after 15

Dubuisson & McDowell v Mickelson & Bradley

Europe 2 up after 15

Mickelson misses the fairway with his tee shot at 16, Dubuisson does the same, both down the left...

Garcia & McIlroy v Fowler & Walker

Match halved

Nicolas Colsaerts

2012 Ryder Cup player from Belgium

We had an unbelievable view from the grandstand, that three wood from Garcia bounced like a butterfly with sore feet. What an exceptional shot from the rough. That showed character especially the way they were down on 16.

McIlroy and Garcia were buried in it up to their necks at 17, with Walker standing over a three-foot putt and McIlroy taking aim from 25 feet - but that's the glory of this event, sometimes you have to kill your opponents over and over again, go back and kill them again, and even then they might not be dead.

McIlroy & Garcia v Fowler & Walker

Match halved

... Fowler can't make it and somehow McIlroy and Garcia have got away with a half...

I'm not sure how cold it is out there but Jose Maria Olazabal looks like Captain Oates, about to go outside. McIlroy's eagle putt misses by a few inches, meaning Fowler has this uphill putt for the half and the match...

Walker can see the whole of the ball and he has form from the sand today, but that's only OK when he could have done with terrific. Fowler will have a 15-footer for birdie, McIlroy with a slippery one for eagle...

European Ryder Cup player Rory McIlroy (L) congratulates teammate Sergio Garcia
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Fowler going with driver from the fairway again but lightning does not strike twice, this time he's found the front bunker. Garcia has actually got a decent line in and he's going with rescue. "Get it up there," is Rory's uncomplicated advice and he does just that, sticking it on the back of the green. McIlroy putting for eagle, Walker with a tough bunker escape. Game on.

Dubuisson in the middle of the 15th fairway and that's a fine approach. Barely a twitch from the Frenchman. Mickelson matches him, though, it's a putt-off between McDowell and Bradley...

Garcia & McIlroy v Fowler & Walker

US 1 up after 17

Bernard Gallacher

Three-time European Ryder Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live

That's what really gets the crowd going. Anything can happen up 18 at this stage.

... the force is back with the US, Rory has plonked his tee shot into nonsense on 18. Walker safer, but he's still in rough and far shorter than Rory was, it might even be advantage Europe...

McIlroy & Garcia v Mickelson & Bradley

US 1 up after 17

Europe up

Walker cosies his chip to within a few feet of the hole, time for Rory to sweep in and do some damage. His birdie putt is about 40 feet... HAVE THAT! That's a monster and it's given Europe hope. Never in doubt and as McIlroy and Garcia make their way to the 18th tee they resemble two small boys fleeing the scene of some tremendous jape. The force is with them...

Dubuisson & McDowell v Mickelson & Bradley

Europe 2 up after 14

Mickelson leaves his birdie putt left and short and the 14th is halved, the Americans running out of holes in that match.

McDowell has a lie and he has a line. Only problem is, he can't see anything. But that's pretty decent, giving Dubuisson something to work with. On 17, Fowler has slightly overcooked his tee shot, can Garcia come to the party? That's pretty good, gives McIlroy a birdie chance.

McIlroy & Garcia v Walker & Fowler

US 2 up after 16

Walker for the match at 16, from about 12 feet. Slippery downhiller, not easy, it ducks left, but leaks right at the last. Europe alive. Just.

Ian Poulter
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Ian Poulter's not one to let a thumping fourballs defeat get him down and he's out and about cheering on the team with his oven gloves on. That's poor from Mickelson, missing the fairway with an iron at 14, before Dubuisson hoicks his approach miles left. Nothing enigmatic about that, it was awful.

Dubuisson & McDowell v Mickelson & Bradley

Europe 2 up after 13

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Mickelson and Bradley have got a shot back at 13, they're not out of that match just yet. Fowler weighing up his options at 16 as McIlroy watches from the middle of the fairway, grinning with his arms folded. Shot of the day! He has absolutely smoked that into the middle of the green, that carried about 230 yards out of the rough. An impish grin from the young American, which explodes into a broad grin after Garcia comes up short.

Walker's drive is a bit iffy on 16, up steps Rory and slaps one down the middle. McIlroy trots down the fairway and gives Garcia a little pat on the back, I get the feeling he's having to double as a counsellor today.

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson
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Justin Rose speaking to Sky Sports: "It has been really, really special, winning two points today. Foursomes is such a different format and to gel today with Henrik over both formats was really great. "

On the possibility of playing five rounds over three days: "This week you do what you are told, but there is no moaning. To have the opportunity to play in this tournament is a pleasure and a privilege."

Henrik Stenson: "I think we played even better in the afternoon, the striking was certainly better on my side. I have to thank him for making that shot on 12 after leaving him hanging with a difficult putt."

To stick or twist on Garcia and McIlroy?

Bernard Gallacher

Three-time European Ryder Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live

I would keep faith here and send them out first thing in the morning. They'll be angry with today.

McIlroy & Garcia v Walker & Fowler

US 2 up after 15

USA up

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Sergio Garcia
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McIlroy and Garcia are drowning out there, two down with three to play and I'm not sure they've got enough puff to stay above water. At least McIlroy is on tee at 16...

Dubuisson has got a decent lie but he's also got a dirty great tree right in front of him. But that's not bad, managed to fizz it under the branches and just short and right of the green. Mickelson at 13, finds the guts of the green.

Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer at Gleneagles

"Come on Doobs!" yells a half-cut voice in the hospitality barns by the 12th. The Big V not called into action this time, however, after McDowell's parachute from the greenside bunker snatches another precious hole and leaves Mickelson's trademark heavy tread a fraction weightier still."

Andrew Cotter

BBC Sport commentator

Between the 11th and 12th, Victor Dubuisson answered a little call of nature and then moments later realised he'd forgotten his putter in the gentleman's room.

Walker into the 15th and that's safe as houses. McDowell at 13, leaking his drive well right. McIlroy in trouble on 15 and he's only able to nudge it down the fairway, that's looking like an American banker given the way that European pair are playing.