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Europe rallies after American sweep, U.S. leads Ryder Cup 5-3

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The Americans swept the opening session of the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1975, then hung on to take a 5-3 lead after the first day at Hazeltine.

Almost as impressive as the Americans winning all the foursomes matches in the morning was the way Europe battled back. Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose atoned for their morning loss by making nine birdies in 13 holes to hand Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed their first loss.

Rory McIlroy and rookie Thomas Pieters finished off the long, raucous day with a 3-and-2 victory over Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar. McIlroy ended it with a 20-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole, and he mockingly bowed twice to the crowd.

The United States also had a 5-3 lead at Medinah four years ago.

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