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Published: 17:18 | 1/10/16

Europe cuts US lead at Ryder Cup


Rory McIlroy hopes Saturday's foursomes win with Thomas Pieters "sets the tone" for Europe's second day at the Ryder Cup.

McIlroy and Pieters beat Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler 4&2 to secure Europe's first point of the day, and the Northern Ireland golfer says he is enjoying playing with the Belgian rookie.

McIlroy and Pieters beat Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar in the final fourball of Friday afternoon, before opening Saturday's foursomes at Hazeltine against Mickleson and Fowler.

"You want to set the tone for the rest of the team and when they saw us up early that's exactly what we were trying to do - put blue on the board. We delivered for [Europe captain] Darren [Clarke]," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"With the way we combined yesterday and the chemistry - last night my phone was buzzing and it was Clarkey to see if that was what we both wanted - who wouldn't want to play with him. He's a talented guy with a great future.

"It's a great atmosphere and it seems like we're playing it in the right spirit. It's competitive but still respectful."

In the second foursomes of the day, the USA's Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka beat Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick 3&2 to go 6-4 up.

The USA's lead going into Saturday evening's session was reduced to a single point however, after Justin Rose and Chris Wood beat Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker by the narrowest of margins, one up, while in the final match came the real drama of the morning session.

Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello came from four holes behind with six holes to play against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, Garcia nervelessly holing a six-footer on the 18th to secure a stunning half-point for Europe.

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