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Published: 18:11 | 30/9/16

USA lead 4-0 after foursomes


Lee Westwood says he "takes responsibility" after the United States racked up a 4-0 lead against Europe after the foursomes on the opening day of the Ryder Cup.

Westwood and Thomas Pieters were well beaten 5&4 by US Open winner Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, as Europe's defence of their Ryder Cup got off to a disatrous start at Hazeltine.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed beat Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson 3&2 in the top match, while Zach Johnson and PGA champion Jimmy Walker defeated Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer 4&2, before Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler came from behind to beat FedEx Cup winner Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan 1 up to secure America's first foursomes whitewash since 1981.

"I will take responsibility. I played poorly and Thomas played well," Westwood said.

"He made some putts when we needed to.

“You try to put a bit of pressure on, you don’t want to be giving holes away. I hit a couple of wild drives early on and you cant afford to do that. It’s a tough game to play and you want to get momentum.

"Anything can happen in the Ryder Cup."

Reed says he enjoyed the 12-foot birdie on the par-4 16th that sealed the victory over Rose and Open champion Stenson, the United States’ first opening match success since 1995.

"I live for those kind of moments," he said.

"Knowing I had the whole crowd behind me and that they'd go nuts if I made it. I knew there was no way I was going to miss it. It was just an awesome feeling."

Rose says he and Stenson, who were undefeated in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, struggled on the greens at Hazeltine in their opening match against Reed and Speith.

"It was a tight match and there wasn’t much in it to the green. We couldn’t buy a putt this morning," the Englishman said.

"We had a feeling we would run into a run, but it didn’t happen. There were a lot of double breaking putts, on the front nine we hit a few good putts that didn’t go."

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